Vettel to start from pole in Hungarian GP


Raikkonen used all of his experience to fend off Hamilton, who eventually finished fourth behind Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel explained that the steering wheel had started to go sideways from early on, forcing him to focus on keeping the auto steady.

Hamilton said he was not surprised by Ferrari's overnight leap in performance. It has also confirmed a one-two for Ferrari, since his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was his closest pursuer, accusing a delay of about a second.

Hamilton let Bottas pass and take third place in the dying stages in Budapest, having promised to return the favour if the Finn moved aside to let him attack the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Bottas said he was anxious he would not get the place back when he fell so far behind Hamilton, so he was grateful to his team-mate for sticking to the agreement.

Meanwhile, the Formula One race wasn't as clean as the Ferrari would have liked. Vettel missed the podium in three of them. The German started the season on a high but the Mercedes drivers' had bounced back with three wins in the last four races.

"In life, if you do good things, good things come back to you". Hamilton is still behind Vettel in the point standings, so he needs to continue to rack up wins.

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Raikkonen still celebrated his eighth podium in Hungary, even if six have been second places at what is nearly a home race for the Finn with plenty of compatriots in evidence. It's super tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves at the top of the leaderboard, so it's looking like it will be an exciting weekend.

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After the frenetic start, the race settled down, as the drivers looked to preserve position ahead of a crucial pitstop window. "My tyres took a real beating but when I did get by I gave it everything I could". As Ricciardo said afterwards, the move was never on, Verstappen ran deep and slammed into the Australian's auto, forcing him into an immediate retirement.

"Probably the immaturity [of his hand] ", he added to the journalists, a little later.

Team principal Christian Horner said that Verstappen had apologized to the team and would do so privately to Ricciardo.

Ricciardo heads to the scene of his second career victory ranked fourth in the championship and with strong form after 10 races this year. Mercedes now has 357 points with Ferrari trailing behind with 318 points.

Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance of the weekend so far at the Hungarian Grand Prix by storming to pole position for Sunday's race.