British driver Lewis Hamilton, the championship leader, placed Mercedes in pole position for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on Saturday after a difficult qualifying session marked by rain, thunder, and lightning.
Finnish Valtteri Bottas will start behind Hamilton, his teammate in Mercedes, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel’s Ferraris.
Hamilton now has 77 pole positions in his career, and five this season, but the one he took on Saturday will surely be remembered especially for having had to fight against very difficult weather conditions.
“It’s great for the team to have achieved a one-two. We didn’t expect it,” said the 33-year-old Briton, who beats Vettel at the top of the championship by 17 points after 11 races in a battle between two drivers who have been four-time world champions.
Vettel had been the fastest in Friday and Saturday practice with record times, and the Red Bull was also expected to be in the fight for pole position, but their drivers did not have a good day, with Dutchman Max Verstappen starting seventh and Australian Daniel Ricciardo 12th.
The Spaniard Carlos Sainz will start in the fifth place with his Renault, while the Frenchman Pierre Gasly will start in the sixth place with his Toro Rosso.