Dominant Hamilton takes Hungary pole for resurgent McLaren
July 28, 2012 -- Updated 1827 GMT (0227 HKT)
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates his pole position for tomorrow's Hungarian grand prix
- Lewis Hamilton takes pole as his McLaren dominates qualifying
- Louts driver Romain Grosjean grabs second in the final moments
- World Champion Sebastien Vettel takes third, team mate Webber only manages 11th
- Mercedes pair Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg struggle for pace
(CNN) -- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a dominant display in Saturday's qualifying session.
The British driver, who has now qualified on pole 22 times, had been consistently fastest in practice at the Hungaroring, near Budapest, and will be hoping to make the most of some disappointing qualifying performances from his rivals, with championship leader Fernando Alonso lagging in sixth..
"That was a really good session and I would have been disappointed not to have taken pole," said Hamilton, "But we will have a lot to do before we have done the job."
Sebastian Vettel will start third on the grid after young Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, 26, snatched second place from the reigning world champion in the final seconds of the day's racing.
"It was a difficult session for us," Vettel explained to the Formula 1 website.
"We didn't get into qualifying how we would like and the rhythm wasn't there straight away."
Hamilton's teammate Jenson Button will start from fourth after he enjoyed a much improved qualifying performance, having struggled for much of the season after winning the opening race of the season.
"I was much happier with the car in qualifying today than I'd been in free practice.
"I wasn't quite as happy as Lewis obviously - he did a great job today so well done to him for that - but I feel pretty good, all in all," Button told the official website.
Grosjean's teammate Kimi Raikkonen took fifth, ahead of the two Ferrari drivers Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Australian Mark Webber, who currently sits second in the championship after wins at Monaco and Silverstone, had a miserable day amd will start eleventh on the grid.
The Red Bull driver described the session as "disappointing" but was confident that the team's "pace should be okay" on Sunday.
Mercedes drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg also endured a less than satisfactory qualifying session, with Rosberg qualifying in 13th and Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, only managing 17th.
"It was quite a tough and difficult day for us," said Schumacher. "We have to clearly see that we did not have the pace to be in the front."
"You have to accept the gap is quite big. We know the combination of track layout and temperature does not suit us too much, and we will try to make the best out of it tomorrow."
Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT)
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 1233 GMT (2033 HKT)
To be a champion you must win a title -- but to become an F1 legend you must win races at Monaco, the calendar's most testing circuit.
May 21, 2014 -- Updated 1459 GMT (2259 HKT)
Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi takes you on a tour of the Monaco racing circuit.
May 5, 2014 -- Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT)
The Formula One driver transcended his sport and even 20 years after his death, Ayrton Senna commands the adoration of fans worldwide.
May 1, 2014 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
F1's greatest racer was killed during the San Marino Grand Prix on May 1 1994. The sport hasn't been the same since.
April 30, 2014 -- Updated 1516 GMT (2316 HKT)
Just four F1 drivers turned up to Roland Ratzenberger's funeral after his death during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on April 30 1994.
April 25, 2014 -- Updated 1156 GMT (1956 HKT)
For a championship with a distinctly Iberian streak, it is no surprise that South America should be high on MotoGP's list of territories to conquer.
April 18, 2014 -- Updated 1113 GMT (1913 HKT)
Too weak. Can't handle the pressure. Susie Wolff has heard it all -- but she is determined to become the first female F1 driver in 20 years.
Today's five most popular stories