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Lewis Hamilton on pole in Hungary
25 Jul 2015 15:03
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after his sizzling form showed no sign of relenting in the searing Budapest heat.
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The world champion, fastest in every practice session so far this weekend, posted a best lap of one minute 22.020 seconds to qualify ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will start from third with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo joining the four-time champion German driver on the second row.
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Hamilton, who is bidding for a record fifth victory at a track in which he excels, was over half a second clear of Rosberg. He punched the air in delight as he crossed the start-finish line.
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It marked the 47th pole of Hamilton's career and his ninth from 10 outings this season. Sunday's race will also be the 18th consecutive front-row start for the 30-year-old. Only his idol Ayrton Senna with 24 has more.
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"It has been a good weekend so far," said a beaming Hamilton, who had a sticker on his crash helmet reading "FlyHighJules" in tribute to Jules Bianchi who died last week. "I generally have good experiences here - I'm loving the weather, loving the city.
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"In terms of how the weekend has gone I am incredibly happy. I can't remember ever having the kind of performance that I have had this weekend."
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A downcast Rosberg sitting next to his triumphant team-mate said: "I don't have an explanation. It has been up and down all weekend. I am definitely not happy with the way it went today."
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