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Vettel (Ferrari) achieves pole position of the Hungarian GP

Vettel (Ferrari) achieves pole position of the Hungarian GP

German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) achieved pole position in the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, finishing ahead of his Finnish teammate Kimi Räikkönen and another Finn, Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

With a time of 1 min 16 sec 276/1000 Vettel, leader of the World Championship, achieved the 48th pole of his career in Formula 1. It is the second this season for the driver, who has a point of advantage in the general with the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

The German, who was also the fastest this Saturday in the last training sessions, finished with 168 thousandths over Räikkönen and 254 with Bottas.

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“It’s a track that I really like, getting pole under this sun and in front of all the fans is very nice,” said the four-time world champion with Red Bull.

The front row for Sunday’s race of the two Ferraris is not a surprise. The Scuderia, which had lost the winning rhythm in recent races, took advantage of the narrow and winding track of the Hungaroring, which suits its characteristics, as in June in Monaco.

“We have found that we are not up to the task here, we must improve on this type of circuit,” acknowledged Bottas.

His teammate Hamilton will accompany him on the second row after finishing fourth, 431 thousandths behind Vettel. Hungarian win record with five, the Briton has struggled with the grip of his rear end since Friday.

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The Red Bulls of Dutchman Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo will occupy the third row on Sunday.

McLaren-Honda, meanwhile, regained the smile with the seventh and eighth places, for the Spanish Fernando Alonso and the Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne.

The German Nico Hülkenberg (Renault) achieved the seventh fastest time, but was penalized for having changed the gearbox before six consecutive races, as required by the regulations, so he will finally start from 12th place. AFP

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