McLaren Mercedes rather elegantly avoided answering the controversial questions surrounding them following qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the team simply stating their pleasure at securing a 1-2 on the grid.

Eyebrows from fans, pundits and even McLaren team members alike were raised when Fernando Alonso appeared to sabotage Lewis Hamilton's hopes of maintaining his provisional pole position when he delayed him in the pit lane having taken on new tyres.

While Alonso went on to grab pole position, Hamilton was left wondering what could have been as he was unable to get back around to the start line quick enough to start his lap in time.

Nonetheless, the team's release focused on the fact McLaren start the eleventh round of the championship from their fourth 1-2 of the season, regardless of who in fact was leading whom. There was however no mention of the controversy in hand.

"Pole position is a great result today," said Alonso. "We have been competitive all weekend and the car has been performing very well. It should be a good race tomorrow where I believe we have the strategy for another strong result."

Hamilton meanwhile hinted that starting second is not a detriment to his race, pointing out there is a long run to the first corner, even if the Brit now starts on the dirty side of the circuit.

"I am happy with today's qualifying and I am fairly confident because our pace is very good. To start from second position is a good basis for tomorrow's race. With the long drive down to the first corner and a good start everything should be possible."

Ron Dennis meanwhile was delighted with the team result, particularly considering how difficult it is to overtake on the Hungaroring.

"Starting the Hungarian Grand Prix with both cars on the front row of the grid is most definitely the best thing for the race tomorrow, as on this circuit it is extremely difficult to overtake."

 

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