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Lewis Hamilton will be on pole position for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after another impressive performance in qualifying.
The Mercedes man has secured a third consecutive pole after leading the grid at both the German Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix.
Hamilton pipped championship leader Sebastian Vettel to top spot, with the Briton clocking a time 0.038 seconds faster than the German.
The 28-year-old was also 0.332secs faster than his team-mate Nico Rosberg, who qualified fourth fastest behind Lotus’ Romain Grosjean.
Hamilton, looking for his first win of the 2013 season, admitted his surprise at being able to secure pole at the Hungaroring.
The Mercedes driver revealed: “I was expecting Sebastian to get it and it didn’t even feel that great a lap. We’ve brought some upgrades this weekend and the guys have been working incredibly hard.”
Hamilton has been unable to turn any of his pole positions into podium finishes and recently indicated that he still feels he is some way off winning a grand prix with his new team.
Meanwhile, Vettel will be confident of increasing his lead at the top of the standings as he goes in search of a fifth race win this season.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, currently second in the standings, will start Sunday’s race fifth on the grid. Kimi Raikkonen in his Lotus, 41 points behind Vettel, could only qualify in sixth.