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Pos Driver
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2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Sat: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Saturday 28th July 2012

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Sat: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Sat: McLaren, Lotus, Red Bull, Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton secured McLaren's 150th pole position in Hungary, beating Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel...

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "I'm really happy! It's been a really good weekend so far. After Jenson was able to demonstrate the pace of our car in the last Grand Prix, at Hockenheim, now for us to be able to come to Budapest this weekend and be really 'on it' is just great. It was tough out there this afternoon, though, but I really enjoyed every lap and the crowd support was absolutely phenomenal. So I want to say a big 'thank you' to all the fans. Our upgrades are working. Jenson and I always want more speed still - that's natural for any racing driver - but the guys back at Woking, and here in Budapest, have done a brilliant job. Our car now feels fantastic. We've been fine-tuning its setup all weekend. Believe me: as long as we remain fully focused on developing our car, and getting good results, then anything is still possible for us this year. My feeling is that the start of tomorrow's race will be extremely important. I'm really hoping that I'll be able to make a clean getaway off the line and then stay ahead while looking after the tyres. I'm told that today's pole position is the 150th in McLaren's history. That's a truly fantastic achievement. I'm extremely proud to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of such a great team, especially as I first met Ron [Dennis, Executive Chairman, McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive] when I was just 10 years old. I remember the occasion really well. I told Ron that one day I wanted to be driving for his team. And here we are today. I can't wait for tomorrow's race!"

Jenson Button: "I was much happier with the car in qualifying today than I'd been in Free Practice this morning and yesterday. I wasn't quite as happy as Lewis obviously - he did a great job today so well done to him for that - but I feel pretty good, all in all. It's a pity that I just missed out on P3 at the end of Q3, because the odd-number side of the circuit is quite a bit cleaner than the even-number side. If I'd stayed in P3, it would have made it a bit easier to get a good start tomorrow. But P4 isn't too bad. As I said after Free Practice yesterday, being quick here is all about getting the perfect balance. I think today proved that. I didn't quite manage to get that perfect balance here this afternoon, but Lewis clearly did. In fact I think Lewis's performance shows how real our car's pace is now."

Lotus F1:
Romain Grosjean: "Qualifying was very tight and it was difficult to see where we would end up so on the front row is fantastic. We came here after a difficult weekend at Hockenheim and to be honest I didn't get off to the best start yesterday. We worked hard to improve things overnight and the car felt much better in practice this morning. I'm very happy and just a little bit surprised to be P2 on the grid. Today's job is done, let's see what we can do tomorrow."

Kimi Raikkonen: "Not a bad qualifying performance for sure, but it's a bit disappointing I didn't go faster when it mattered. The car feels good, but I didn't get the crucial lap together at the right time. Let's see what happens tomorrow."

Red Bull:
Sebastian Vettel: "It was difficult session for us. We didn't get into qualifying how we would like and the rhythm wasn't there straight away. We burned more tyres than we thought in the beginning, so we only had one new set for Q3. The run we had was okay, but I didn't get the same feeling that I got at the end of Q2, which was a surprise, so we didn't seem to go with the track and make another step. Romain was in reach, but Lewis was another step. We know it's difficult to overtake here, but hopefully we will have a good start. Tyre management will be crucial."

Mark Webber: "I was happy with the car this morning, I was quick in P3, but I didn't feel happy on that last set of soft tyres in Q2 and struggled against my scrub time, which is a bit bizarre. The field is tight at the moment and it's disappointing to qualify in P11 obviously. Our race pace should be okay tomorrow."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "We were expecting a very difficult qualifying and so it was. We saw at least eight cars - two McLarens, two Force Indias, two Red Bulls and Lotus, running very competitively and therefore, just getting to Q3 was in itself a difficult target to reach. We did it and we also managed to slightly improve the handling of the car in the final part, working on the tyre pressures and the front wing. We definitely didn't get a perfect lap: we lost a handful of tenths in a few corners. The wind was stronger than this morning and I think that took everyone a bit by surprise. All things considered, sixth place is not to be sneered at, far from it. It's true that overtaking is definitely not easy here, but tomorrow, it might yet rain and we know that can change everything. Furthermore there's the unknown factor regarding the behaviour of the tyres, because yesterday no one here was able to really try them over a long run. We will have to be super concentrated, especially in how we manage the tyres. In the dry, we are not yet able to fight for the very top places, and we are well aware of that. Usually, in the race, the situation improves and so we hope we can finish in the top four or five when it's time for the chequered flag. Our aim will be to mark our closest rival in the Drivers' classification and today we know we will be starting ahead of him. Let's see what the situation will be tomorrow evening."

Felipe Massa: "Not an easy qualifying for the team. Both Fernando and myself struggled to put together a perfect lap, which can be seen from the fact we were quicker in Q2 than Q3. A shame, because in Q2, I had done a good time and I was expecting to improve still further, but unfortunately, I was slower: I suddenly had less grip and a lot of oversteer, so now we must find out why. It will be very hot tomorrow and it could also rain, so we will need to be on top of whatever situation arises. We will need to study carefully the little data we have relating to tyre behaviour: from the little we could see, there is a definite degradation with the Softs, which could make itself felt even more with a full fuel load. We will have to wait and see how things turn out in what will be a long race tomorrow, but I think we are still in with a chance of fighting for a podium finish, even if we are up against very strong opposition. The Hungaroring has been the scene of several important moments in my career, starting with the cruel blow of heading for certain victory in 2008 only to be robbed of it by an engine failure, followed a year later by my accident. So many people here have remained close to me and continue to support me, so I am doubly disappointed, as I wanted to reward them with a great result this afternoon. We'll try and do it tomorrow!"

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