Hungary qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton starts on pole.

27 July 2013 Last updated at 16:31

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  1. 1450: 

    So it's Lewis Hamilton who starts the Hungarian Grand Prix on pole from Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean. Hamilton can take heart from the stats which show that he is the only driver since 2005 to win at the Hungaroring from pole position, triumphing in 2007 and 2012.

    But it's going to take a herculean effort to keep Vettel and Grosjean behind him, while championship contenders Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, in fifth and sixth, will surely be in the mix come the end of the race.

    The stage is set for a storming grand prix. Join me tomorrow from 1200 BST to enjoy it. Until then, it's good afternoon from me. See ya!

  2. 1446: 

    Keep an eye on the website for all the latest news and analysis from the Hungarian GP paddock plus a selection of the best video interviews and, of course, the qualifying highlights edit.

  3. 1441: 

    This is how things will work on race day. The live text will start at 1200 BST, with BBC Radio 5 live joining the party at 1300, just in time for the start of the grand prix. Race highlights follow at 1705 on BBC One.

  4. 1436: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report. Don't forget there are highlights on BBC One at 1715 BST. Inside F1 follows on the BBC News channel with Lee McKenzie at 1845.


    Caterham: Covers will be on the cars before 1830 tonight, so the garage crew & engineers have a (relatively) early and well deserved finish today...

  6. 1430: 
    Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean

    Sebastian Vettel congratulates Lewis Hamilton on getting his 30th career pole position. The German had a face like thunder when he first got out of the car, but that soon thawed as the realisation that he's in good shape for the race hit home.


    Britain's 1992 world champion Nigel Mansell: Super pole for Lewis and Mercedes congrats. Seb right there as always just so consistent Red Bull looking so strong as always.

  8. 1424: 

    It was a decent effort from Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso. He is the man of the moment right now as speculation about a potential move to Red Bull next year intensifies. The Australian will start eighth, six places ahead of team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne. His next challenge is to improve his starts and stop going backwards in the first couple of corners.


    Samantha: Well done @LewisHamilton pole position boom!!!! Watch it later.


    Romain Grosjean, who starts third: "I like this circuit, but that's not important. It's been a good weekend, we've been working hard with the team trying to get best out of the car. The last lap was pretty good. The race is very long and it'll be very hot but we will see what we can do to get the best result. Option tyres are tight to make work, but the medium tyres are OK on our car. I can try to have a go tomorrow."


    Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who starts second: "There wasn't much missing today but Lewis did a good job. I was pretty happy with both laps because I had two sets of new tyres, maybe I wasn't aggressive enough in the middle.

    "It is stupid to sit and say, we should have done this, and we should have done that. Mercedes have good pace in qualifying so you have to be fair and respect that. I would have loved to have been a little bit faster and on pole but we have a good car and in a good position. We should have a good race tomorrow and I am quite confident."


    Lewis Hamilton, who starts on pole: "With the [high] temperatures, it pretty tough. I was really surprised when I came across the line and they said I got pole. I didn't feel like that was a great lap.

    "I thought Sebastian had got it. I'm really surprised, I thought maybe he made a mistake or something. We brought some upgrades this weekend, the guys are working hard and it's a result of all hard work they've put in.

    "Starting on pole definitely helps as it's difficult to follow here. It's a long way down to Turn One, but if you can get there first and try and hold position, it's definitely advantageous. These guys [Vettel and Grosjean] are going to be ridiculously fast so trying to keep in front or holding onto them is going to be the challenge."

  13. 1414: 

    Time to hear from the top three drivers...

  14. 1411: 

    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Romain Grosjean 4) Nico Rosberg 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Felipe Massa 8) Daniel Ricciardo 9) Sergio Perez 10) Mark Webber

    11) Adrian Sutil 12) Nico Hulkenberg 13) Jenson Button 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Pastor Maldonado 16) Valtteri Bottas

    17) Esteban Gutierrez 18) Paul Di Resta 19) Charles Pic 20) Giedo Van Der Garde 21) Jules Bianchi 22) Max Chilton.

  15. 1407: 
    THE TOP 10

    1) Lewis Hamilton 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Romain Grosjean 4) Nico Rosberg 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Felipe Massa 8) Daniel Ricciardo 9) Sergio Perez 10) Mark Webber

  16. 1406: 

    Lewis Hamilton doesn't look over the moon with his pole position. It's the first time he's taken three pole positions in a row in his career. It also moves him one clear of Juan Manuel Fangio in the all-time pole list.

  17. 1405: 

    Lewis Hamilton asks: "Are we on pole? His engineer replies: "Yeah, we're as surprised as you!" Mercedes boss Ross Brawn chips in: "Well done Lewis, brilliant job."

  18. 1404: 
    Lewis Hamilton


  19. 1403: 

    No he can't! Sebastian Vettel improves but he's still a few thousandths behind Lewis Hamilton which can only mean one thing....

  20. 1401: 

    Lewis Hamilton loses a bit of time in the middle sector but it's a good final sector and the Mercedes goes quickest! That's an outrageous lap from the 2008 world champion. Sebastian Vettel is still out there, though. Can the Red Bull driver respond?

  21. 1400: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes second, but he's demoted two places as Romain Grosjean and Nico Rosberg nip in front of him. But Sebastian Vettel is still in P1. Just Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton can beat him now....

  22. 1359: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button, who qualified 13th: "On old tyres the car was well balanced. You stick new tyres on and it changes the balance of car. We've done a good job of adding downforce to this car but balance is tricky. Perez did a good job."

  23. 1358: 

    Mark Webber's session is over. The Australian heads straight for the exit at the back of the garage. It's not been a great day for the 36-year-old.

  24. 1356: 

    They all head back to the pits for a fresh set of boots. McLaren's Sergio Perez is the first man back out and he's chosen the medium compound tyres.

    Vettel leads the way from Hamilton, Rosberg, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Massa, Alonso, Perez, Webber and Ricciardo.

  25. 1355: 

    Stunning lap from Sebastian Vettel who smashes it with an impriessive 1:19.506 which is nearly three tenths quicker than anyone else has managed in this session. Gauntlet laid down. Can anyone respond?

  26. 1353: 

    Kimi Raikkonen has a bunch of oversteer in the final corner but still sets the early pace with a 1:20,553. He doesn't stay there long, though, as Mercedes Nico Rosberg and then his team-mate Lewis Hamilton move to the top.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Paul Di Resta's qualifying has been 17th in Monaco, 17th in Canada, 20th at Silverstone after a penalty, 12th in Germany and 18th at Hungary.

    "He needs to improve as he's currently on a shortlist for Ferrari with Nico Hulkenberg should Felipe Massa leave."

  28. 1352: 

    Force India's Paul Di Resta, who qualified 18th, on BBC 5 live sports extra: "You tell me what's gone wrong - the team is confused. It just didn't switch on, it just didn't happen. When team wanted more time, there was no way - that was it.

    "We can't go much further back. but we need to go forward. We need to find out why that was the way it was. We thought we'd probably cracked it but it showed we didn't."

  29. 1350: 

    Ten drivers, one pole position. Let battle commence...


    Chris B: Jenson Button qualified 14th and won in 2006, so it isn't all over.

  31. 1346: 

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Romain Grosjean 5) Fernando Alonso 6) Kimi Raikkonen 7) Felipe Massa 8) Mark Webber 9) Daniel Ricciardo 10) Sergio Perez

  32. 1345: 

    11) Adrian Sutil 12) Nico Hulkenberg 13) Jenson Button 14) Jean-Eric Vergne 15) Pastor Maldonado 16) Valtteri Bottas

  33. 1344: 
    Nico Rosberg


  34. 1343: 

    Jenson Button sneaks into the top 10, but he's immediately bumped back out by Red Bull's Mark Webber. There is some good news for McLaren, though, as Sergio Perez grabs 10th on his final attempt to edge into Q3. "Understeer was my biggest problem on that lap," said Button.

  35. 1341: 

    Nico Rosberg goes fastest in the Mercedes, clocking a 1:19.778. "That's an impressive lap," says BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard. Lewis Hamilton slots into second while Pastor Maldonado moves up to ninth, thus dropping Jenson Button into the drop zone.

  36. 1339: 

    Mark Webber has some work to do if he wants to feature in the pole position shoot-out. The Red Bull driver is 13th fastest, two tenths adrift from safety. It's mighty close down there.


    HullandoF1: ‏"Mark Webber = kers failure. Why always him?"

  38. 1336: 

    Fernando Alonso goes fifth with his first effort, with Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa slotting into seventh.

    Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Mark Webber, Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado are currently in the drop zone.

  39. 1335: 

    Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes goes fastest with a 1:20.303 but his time at the top doesn't last long as Sebastian Vettel blasts into the high 1m19s. Wow. The Red Bull driver is going to be mighty hard to beat.

  40. 1334: 

    Romain Grosjean is a fraction quicker than his Q1 time to go quickest, a few thousandths ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Force India's Adrian Sutil.

  41. 1332: 

    Kimi Raikkonen puts the first time on the board with a 1:20.987 which is only a tenth off the lap he set in Q1 when he had fresh soft tyres.

  42. 1331: 

    The gremlins strike again on Mark Webber's Red Bull as his team inform him his Kers has failed.

  43. 1330: 

    Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen is the first man out on a scrubbed set of soft tyres. Nico Hulkenberg joins him out there in the Sauber.

  44. 1328: 

    The second part of qualifying is under way, with six more drivers set to get knocked out in this 15-minute session.

  45. 1326: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Grosjean 4) VEttel 5) Alonso 6) Maldonado 7) Raikkonen 8) Massa 9) Hulkenberg 10) Button 11) Bottas 12) Ricciardo 13) Webber 14) Vergne 15) Sutil 16) Perez

  46. 1325: 

    Esteban Gutierrez, Paul Di Resta, Charles Pic, Giedo Van Der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.

  47. 1324: 

    "Where did the grip and tyres go," asks Force India's Paul Di Resta over the team radio. "That's us out," comes the reply. "Looks like we've got some work to do."

  48. 1323: 

    Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez both just scrape through in 15th and 16th with the Williams of Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas comfortably getting through in sixth and 11th.

  49. 1322: 
    Nico Rosberg


  50. 1321: 


  51. 1320: 

    Esteban Gutierrez, Paul Di Resta, Charles Pic, Giedo Van Der Garde, Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton are currently in the drop zone.

  52. 1319: 

    It's a Mercedes one-two as Nico Rosberg moves to the top of the charts, 0.013 seconds quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton with Romain Grosjean 0.097 seconds off the pace in the third. Mercedes looking like they'll be in the fight for pole this afternoon.

  53. 1316: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes second, two tenths off the pace in the Red Bull, but his team-mate Mark Webber can only manage eighth. McLaren's Jenson Button puts in a decent lap to go sixth.

  54. 1315: 

    Romain Grosjean moves to the top of the pile with a mighty 1:20.447, two tenths quicker than Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and a further three tenths ahead of Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Felipe Massa slots into fourth in the Ferrari. Red Bull and Mercedes send both their cars out.

  55. 1313: 

    Daniel Ricciardo sets the fastest second and third sectors so far to go quickest by four tenths of a second in the Toro Rosso. Both Ferraris have just headed out on the soft tyres, as have the Lotuses.

  56. 1311: 

    The track temperature has hit a sizzling 50C with the frontrunners - Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus and Mercedes - all still parked up in the garage.

  57. 1309: 

    It's a Williams 1-2 right now, with Valtteri Bottas on the softs going quickest with a 1:21.532 which is 1.242 seconds ahead of team-mate Pastor Maldonado in second.

  58. 1306: 

    Paul Di Resta goes quickest in the Force India with a 1:23.484. His team-mate Adrian Sutil, celebrating his 100th race this weekend, goes third fastest. It's medium tyres all round at the moment.

  59. 1303: 

    It's a 1:23.998 for Esteban Gutierrez, who didn't set a timed lap in final practice and has had an engine change which means he'll get a 10-place grid penalty. Nico Rosberg has just headed out in the Mercedes.

  60. 1301: 

    Esteban Gutierrez is the first man out on track in the Sauber. No one else seems too keen to follow him, though.

  61. 1300: 

    The first part of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix is under way. This is a 15-minute session which will see the slowest six drivers given the boot.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "There's been a lot of chat in the lunch break about a statement put out by governing body the FIA about a new commercial deal between the teams, the FIA and the F1 Group being close to completion. The statement is opaque, but it seems the Concorde Agreement, as it's known, is effectively done. It should be formally signed in the next few weeks, after being rubber stamped by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council."

  63. 1255: 

    There may be only five minutes to go until qualifying starts, but Fernando Alonso doesn't look like he's going anywhere. The Spaniard is stood outside the garage gazing up at the sky with his arms behind is back.

  64. 1250: 

    The Hungaroring looks like its heaving, with plenty of Finnish flags in support Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "It's really hotting up here as the clock ticks down towards qualifying - in both senses of the word. The battle on the track between Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes looks set to be very tight and the temperatures are soaring. The organisers here provide a pleasant little area outside the pit building, with seats in the shade and fans blowing water vapour at passers by. It's very welcome - it's a baking 33C and it feels at least a couple of degrees hotter."

  66. 1245: 

    This is your 15-minute warning until the start of qualifying. It's still pretty hectic in the McLaren garage as the mechanics battle to get Sergio Perez's car ready for qualifying. After an improvement in form, this is the last thing McLaren will have wanted...

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Red Bull were surprisingly uncompetitive on Saturday morning, with Sebastian Vettel only fourth and Mark Webber down in seventh. But it turns out there were reasons for their lack of pace. Webber lost his seamless gearshift, which costs about 0.3secs a lap, and Vettel, team boss Christian Horner said, went straight from a high-fuel race-simulation run onto low tanks and new tyres. 'And drivers very rarely nail the first lap in those situations.' Red Bull expect to be competing at the front, but Horner says: 'It'll be close.'"

  68. 1239: 

    McLaren, who have a lot of new parts on the car in Hungary, have shown an upturn in form so far this weekend. Sergio Perez was third in final practice and Jenson Button ninth. Could the team better their best finish of the season - which is fifth - at the Hungaroring? Well McLaren usually run well here, having won five of the last six races in Hungary.

  69. 1233: 

    Who is your tip for pole position? Do you fancy Romain Grosjean to take the first pole position of his career? Will Sebastian Vettel take his fourth pole of the season? Can Lewis Hamilton, who won from pole position in Hungary last year, take his third successive pole? Send your responses and all any other F1 chat through the usual channels - #bbcf1 on Twitter or 81111 (UK only) on the text.

  70. 1228: 

    There's lots of work going on in the McLaren garage as the mechanics battle to get Sergio Perez's car ready for qualifying. The Mexican crashed in third practice this morning having just set the third quickest time.

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says there is some damage to the gearbox and they're working hard to repair it but Perez may be delayed in getting out in Q1 which starts at 1300 BST.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Summer is the time when people's thoughts in F1 turn to driver moves for the next season. The big one this year is who replaces Mark Webber at Red Bull following Mark Webber's decision to leave for sports car racing. After the German GP, BBC Sport revealed that the choice was down to two - Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo - and that the other Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne had been ruled out. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has now confirmed that, saying the Frenchman is not ready. Vergne feels that it is unfair for them to overlook him but his bigger concern is whether the notoriously ruthless Red Bull driver programme drops him altogether. Here, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has said he does not think that will be the case. 'I'm convinced Jean-Eric Vergne will race for Toro Rosso next year,' he said. Red Bull, though, have history of telling drivers they are safe only to later drop them. Just ask Jaime Alguersuari."

  72. 1220: 

    The battle for pole so far this season has been between Mercedes and Red Bull. Sebastian Vettel has taken all of Red Bull's three poles while over at Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have three apiece.

  73. 1214: 

    One man who is unlikely to contend for pole, but really needs to, is Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. The Spaniard is 34 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' standings and said before the weekend that it's "important" the team don't lose any more ground in the title race.

    However, Alonso, who turns 32 on Monday, has not been on the front row in the last 19 races. His last appearance on pole was in July 2012, but his last pole in dry qualifying was way back in 2010.

  74. 1210: 

    While Sebastian Vettel, who has won two of the last three races, looks on course to take pole in Hungary, even if he is successful his rivals can take hope from the fact only 12 of the 27 previous races at this track have been won from pole position.

  75. 1206: 

    Qualifying will be split into three sessions - Q1, Q2 and Q3. The first session will last 20 minutes and see the six slowest drivers eliminated.

    The timing sheets are reset and we go again in a 15-minute session with another six drivers knocked out. Again, the timing sheets are reset and the 10 remaining drivers are left in a 10-minute shoot-out for pole.

  76. 1203: 

    Hello everybody, or 'szia' as they say in Hungary. We've had three practice sessions of warm up and now it's time for the main event - qualifying.

    If you're just joining us, you won't know that Lotus's Romain Grosjean topped the times in final practice this morning and looks like the man most likely to beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to pole position.

  77. 1200: 

    Fire up the BBQ, get the drinks in the cooler and stick Arrow's Hot Hot Hot on the iPod. It's time for qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at a roasting Hungaroring!

  78. 1120: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is still favourite for pole position later this afternoon, but Romain Grosjean in the Lotus could spring a surprise and take the first P1 slot of his career. Can the Frenchman hold it together and deliver? Join me in 40 minutes to find out. See you in a bit!

  79. 1116: 

    I'm off for a quick pit stop before returning at 1200 BST to begin building to Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying. The session starts at 1300 with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary starting at 1255.

  80. 1111: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's third practice developing report. And here's a link to last night's edition of Inside F1 with Lee McKenzie and Williams development driver Susie Wolff.

  81. 1107: 

    1) Grosjean 2) Alonso 3) Perez 4) Vettel 5) Massa 6) Hamilton 7) Webber 8) Rosberg 9) Button 10) Sutil 11) Raikkonen

    12) Maldonado 13) Di Resta 14) Hulkenberg 15) Ricciardo 16) Vergne 17) Bottas 18) Van Der Garde 19) Pic 20) Bianchi 21) Chilton 22) Gutierrez

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "It's going to be a great battle for pole. The Red Bulls will be very strong, but Romain Grosjean is up for it. He knows if he can get on pole position, he can turn it into a race win on Sunday"

  83. 1102: 

    Crikey, Romain Grosjean seems to be putting this weekend together quite nicely. He was fifth in first practice, third in second practice and now fastest in third practice. He was going faster on his next timed lap when he made a small mistake. Could the Frenchman score a surprise maiden F1 pole position later this afternoon?

  84. 1100: 
    Romain Grosjean


  85. 1059: 

    Sergio Perez goes from hero to zero. The Mexican loses the rear at Turn 11 and McLaren slides into barriers. "A fairly heavy hit for him," says BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson. Perez climbs out of the car and thrusts his fists down in frustration.

  86. 1058: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes fourth quickest, four tenths off the pace. "Is he sandbagging," asks BBC 5 live commentator James Allen. Mark Webber slots into seventh, one place behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton was up in the first sector, but lost around four tenths to Romain Grosjean in the middle sector.

  87. 1057: 

    It looks like McLaren are finally getting their act together. Sergio Perez goes third quickest, three tenths off the pace with Jenson Button fourth, a further four tenths back.

  88. 1055: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso goes quickest with a 1:20.898, but the Spaniard, who won his first F1 race at the Hungaroring in 2003, is bumped down to second as Romain Grosjean goes top by 0.168 seconds.

  89. 1053: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel locks up his tyres as he thunders towards the pit lane speed limit line. "The pit lane speed limit has reduced for this race and they're all still getting used to [how much they have to slow down]," adds BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson.

  90. 1051: 

    It's time for option tyre runs folks, so expect the times to tumble. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has headed out on the yellow soft tyre, as has Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus and Force India's Adrian Sutil.

  91. 1047: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, is down in 19th. That's not representative of his real pace, though, as he's been focusing on a long run on the medium tyres in preparation for Sunday.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "There is a problem with Esteban Gutierrez' engine so they had to bring him in. The car is in three large bits and pieces. Importantly, they think the engine can be rescued but it is still the end of his session."

  93. 1043: 

    Things are going well for Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez. The Mexican has yet to set a timed lap this morning - and it doesn't look like he's going to as he's sat on the pit wall with headphones on watching the data screens.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Ferrari seemed relatively confident after practice - Fernando Alonso was closer to Sebastian Vettel on outright pace than he has been for some races, and that's encouraging for them. Alonso knows he needs to qualify higher up than he has been recently to have a chance of beating his title rival, which he has made priority number one this weekend, eager not to let the German extend his championship advantage any further. But Ferrari have flattered to deceive on Fridays before, only to then qualify in their traditional place on the grid, around sixth. Can they keep up the encouraging form?"

  95. 1039: 

    Marussia's Max Chilton says the engine has shutdown. The team tell him to find a safe place to pull over but he replies: "No it's OK, it's recovered. I think I pressed the pit speed limiter button instead of Kers."

  96. 1035: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber goes third fastest, 0.496 seconds off the pace. Jenson Button moves into fifth in the McLaren with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso seventh.


    WelshRacer: ‏"Happy Birthday to John Button, 70 today."

    For those of you who don't know, John Button is Jenson's dad.

  98. 1030: 
    Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt

    The Formula 1 Group and the FIA have announced that they have set up a "framework" which will pave the way for 2013 Concorde Agreement. So they've basically signed an agreement which says they will sign the actual Concorde Agreement at some point. So ultimately, we've still not got one. Very confusing. Welcome to the world of Formula 1.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was Red Bull's closest challenger on Friday, just 0.153 seconds behind pace-setter Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen was some way down, having not got a decent run in on his one flying lap on the soft tyres. But the team are confident of a good race. Their big concern is qualifying behind the Mercedes - they believe the Mercedes looked slow in race trim and don't want to get trapped behind them while the Red Bulls disappear up the road."

  100. 1025: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes fastest in the Mercedes, clocking a 1:22.266 which is 0.079 seconds quicker than Romain Grosjean. Everybody is out on the medium tyres at the moment, expect them to switch to the softs a bit later in the session.

  101. 1019: 

    Lotus's Romain Grosjean nips in front of his team-mate with a 1:22.345 which is two tenths clear of McLaren's Sergio Perez.

    McLaren had lots of new parts on the car yesterday and it seems like they have finally made a step forward. Jenson Button was even hinting yesterday that a win this season is not totally out of the question.


    Aaron Gallimore: Following the live feed this morning while on honeymoon in Greece with no live TV. Hoping McLaren can pull their socks up.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Mercedes appeared to be struggling for ultimate pace on Friday, and Lewis Hamilton said he felt this was down to their ban from last week's Silverstone test, where all the other teams were able to run the new type of tyre Pirelli has brought to this race. But he seems optimistic they can make up the ground. 'We don't seem to have the pace we had in the last race. We came into the weekend kind of on the back foot, trying to understand the tyres a bit.' He added: 'It's difficult to know where we're going to be this weekend. The Ferraris are quite competitive, so's the Lotus and then the Red Bull is absolutely ballistic. Whether we'll be able to match them I don't know.' But Hamilton is a Hungary specialist and it would be no surprise if he was up there this morning and in qualifying."

  104. 1014: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has headed out on track and immediately clocks a lap with a best of 1:25.269. Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen currently leads the way in the Lotus, with a 1:22.717, 1.186 seconds quicker than team-mate Romain Grosjean in second.

  105. 1009: 

    Jennie Gow reports that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel uses an old helmet case, placed in an ice cooler, to hold dry ice during sessions. When he needs it, he asks his trainer to bring the bag over and he grabs a couple of handfuls and places it on his lap when he's in the cockpit to cool him down.

    McLaren's Jenson Button has a different way of keeping cool. He's got a ice vest, which has a series of ice packs to minimise the effects of the heat. The drivers will also have around a litre of fluid, drunk via a straw inserted through their helmet, in the car for the race.

  106. 1005: 

    Charles Pic is the first man to set a lap time, clocking a 1:24.692 in the Caterham. The Frenchman and his team-mate Giedo Van Der Garde currently have the track to themselves.

  107. 1003: 

    Installation laps are the order of the day early on, with everyone apart from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel nipping out for a spin.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Lots of people average out the lap times on the race-simulation runs on Friday afternoon to try to get a sense of race pace, but I never pay too much attention to that because you don't know how much fuel the teams have on board. I just look at the tyre degradation, and on that front it looks incredibly tight at the front. The one-off lap times are close, and all the teams have very similar - and very light - tyre drop-off. Even Mercedes look competitive on that front. I expect a close weekend, even if Red Bull do appear to have a bit of an edge."

  109. 1000: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Third and final practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix is go, go, go!

  110. 0955: 

    There was lots of chat in the paddock on Friday about Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin. The youngster, who is currently on 17, is set to drive for Sauber next year as part of an investment in the Swiss team by a group of Russian companies.

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who made his F1 debut at 22, said: "I wasn't ready at 18. I was pretty good at 18 so...." Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel agreed that the Russian may be too young. "When you are young and you dream about Formula 1, you want to race no matter what," he said. "But I think things can be coming too early for you. I think I was probably just on the edge, if I look back now."

    And Kimi Raikkonen, who made his debut aged 21 after just 23 car races, said: "For sure they will take him if they feel it's the right thing, so I don't see that age will be the problem. It's about experience and that. He might be ready, he might not. Time will tell.

  111. 0949: 

    Teams are giving their machines a final wipe down so they look sparkling when they head out on track in just over 10 minutes. BBC Radio 5 live commentary kicking off at 0955 BST. That'll be online-only, available by clicking the link on the right, until 1015 when it will hit the airwaves on 5 live sports extra.

  112. 0944: 
    Google Maps

    On leaving the circuit last night, Marussia's Max Chilton asked his smartphone to plot his route back to the hotel. Amusingly, it asked him to do a lap of the circuit before leaving...

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel would have won the last three grands prix had it not been for the failure of a clutch shaft at Silverstone, and the indications of Friday practice is that he looks well set to make it three out of four. Fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, and on both available types of tyres on the race-simulation runs, he is clearly going to take some stopping. Can title rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso get close enough to cause him some trouble and Mercedes recover from a surprisingly uncompetitive showing? This morning's final practice session will deliver some more clues."


    Caterham: 54C track temp by 1400. 54C. You bring the frying pan, we'll bring the eggs.

  115. 0939: 

    Have Red Bull got pole position tied up? Will Mercedes hit back to take their seventh pole position in 10 races? Can Fernando Alonso take his first pole position in dry conditions since 2010? Tweet me your F1 thoughts using the #bbcf1 hashtag or by texting 81111 (UK only). Remember to put your name on those text messages. Thanks.

  116. 0936: 

    So we've got one final hour of practice to get through before today's main event - qualifying. Practice begins at 1000 BST and will present teams with an opportunity to make final tweaks to their car's set-up before qualifying kicks off at 1300.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson at the Hungaroring:

    "It's going to be a hot one, that's for sure. On the way into the track this morning just after nine o'clock the thermometer in the car was already reading 30C and mid 30s is expected around the time of qualifying this afternoon. Out here at the dusty Hungaroring, the sun is blazing down, and the twisty circuit gives the drivers no respite. BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard says the drivers are in for a tough time. 'It stands out from most of the other tracks because of the relentless nature of the middle sector, which is just corner after corner after corner, getting faster all the time,' Coulthard says. 'You have to get into a good flow, you need good car balance and strong commitment. You often see separation between team-mates there, if one has found the balance or confidence and the other has not. It is tough physically because you are working all the time. It's hard to overtake and qualifying is important.'"

  118. 0933: 

    Welcome, one and all, to our live coverage of final practice and qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the dusty, bumpy Hungaroring, 20km north-east of capital city Budapest. The sun is still shining, with temperatures hovering around 30C. It's going to be another scorcher, folks.

  119. 0930: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    The Hungaroring is just one of two tracks on this year's calendar where reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has not previously triumphed. Austin is the other. But based on his performance in Friday's two practice sessions, where he headed a Red Bull one-two on both occasions, two looks likely to become one.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 220
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 191
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 156
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 119
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 110
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 98
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 69
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 66
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 45
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 40
11 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 39
12 Mexico S Perez Force India 31
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 11
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 7
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
23 A Lotterer Caterham 0


After 44 of 44 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Finland V Bottas Williams
4 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
6 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
7 Great Britain J Button McLaren
8 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
9 Mexico S Perez Force India
10 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
11 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
12 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Brazil F Massa Williams
14 Germany A Sutil Sauber
15 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
16 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
17 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
18 France J Bianchi (ret.) Marussia
19 Great Britain L Hamilton (ret.) Mercedes
20 France R Grosjean (ret.) Lotus
21 Venezuela P Maldonado (ret.) Lotus
22 A Lotterer (ret.) Caterham