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Flying Vettel takes Hungary pole

Venue: Hungaroring Dates: 30 July-1 August 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage of Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and Sunday's race - which starts at 1300 BST - across BBC TV, radio and online platforms. Full listings here

Sebastian Vettel

Highlights - Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying

By Chris Whyatt

Sebastian Vettel will start Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix on pole after Red Bull locked out the front row of the grid for the sixth time this season.

Ferrari take up the second row after Fernando Alonso finished third in qualifying ahead of Felipe Massa.

But Vettel was over a second quicker than Alonso, and even half a second faster than team-mate Mark Webber.

Reigning world champion Jenson Button limped into 11th but McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton battled to fifth.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg qualified in sixth, with the Renault pair of Vitaly Petrov and Robert Kubica behind him.

Strategy will be important [in the race], but we know the start will be 60-70%

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso

Described as 'Monaco without barriers', the tight and twisty Hungaroring track is notoriously difficult to overtake on - making qualifying for the season's 12th race all the more significant.

And with Ferrari admitting that "the two Red Bulls are clearly ahead of everyone else" the race itself could unfold as a clear fight between the Red Bull team-mates, who are level on 136 points each in the drivers' championship - 21 points behind the leader Hamilton.

"This was our most dominant qualifying race of the year," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. "But the race is a different story. We hope to have a good day on Sunday."

With a Q3 time of one minute 18.773 seconds, the 23-year-old Vettel bagged his fourth successive pole - his seventh of the season overall - while also ensuring that Red Bull have now failed to land top spot in qualifying only once this year.

Red Bull impossible to beat - Hamilton

Red Bull impossible to beat - Hamilton

"All weekend we have felt very comfortable with the car and we were able to improve it another bit overnight," said the German.

"I said on the radio to the [engineers] 'this is your moment'. I said 'you built this wonderful car'. It was a pleasure to drive. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Hamilton's team-mate Button - who is second in the championship - was slightly held up at Turn Two during Q2, but admitted straight away that he did not feel the grip that his McLaren seemed to provide in the third and final practice session earlier on Saturday.

Hamilton - the 2008 world champion - drove in typically aggressive fashion, but could do nothing about the Red Bulls or Ferraris.

"It was really my target to finish fifth," said Hamilton. "I know that the Red Bulls are impossible to beat.

"It's a second in the middle sector and half a second in the final sector. For Jenson and me, we just look at the onboard footage and laugh. I don't know what they're doing, but it's incredible.

"I pulled every inch out of the car. We've got to work hard but it's a good position for us to start and we're on the clean side. Finishing third or fourth would be spectacular."

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After qualifying, McLaren's team principal Martin Whitmarsh said that finishing "first of the fixed-wing vehicles is something".

That was an allusion to the controversial front wings on the Red Bull and Ferrari cars - which appear to flex down at speed - that they had queried, but Horner shrugged this off, insisting he was happy that the Red Bull cars comply with the regulations and have passed all the required tests.

Alonso would appear to be the only driver with a chance of denying Red Bull a one-two finish, and he believes the start of Sunday's race will be critical to his hopes.

"So far this weekend it has been too easy [for Red Bull]," said the winner of last week's German GP. "The start is important, as it is difficult to overtake. Strategy will be important - but we know the start will be 60-70%."

Michael Schumacher - the seven-times world champion who has landed pole in Hungary seven times throughout his career - was again out-qualified by his younger team-mate Rosberg. The veteran was knocked out in Q2 and will start 14th.

Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso

Hungary GP qualifying - Top three drivers

Kamui Kobayashi was the biggest casualty early on as he crashed out of Q1 in 18th when Sauber were eyeing a place in the top 10 for him.

The Japanese driver will start on the back row after being handed a five-place penalty for failing to stop to have his car weighed.

The last race before Formula 1 takes its mid-season summer break starts at 1300 BST on Sunday.

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