It was a fifth Hungaroring pole position for Lewis Hamilton while Nico Rosberg made it yet another Mercedes 1-2 on the grid…
Lewis Hamilton: "It's been a good weekend so far. I've generally had really good experiences here. I love the city, love the weather, love the track. It's such a great track to drive – grippy in these conditions and you really can throw the car around like a go-kart. It's great to be on pole – but me and Nico wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fantastic work done by the team to give us this car. A big thanks to all of them. The work isn't done on a Saturday, of course. It's been a great start – in fact I can't remember having such a strong performance all the way through. But anything can happen on that run down to turn one and through the race. I'm feeling confident in myself, confident in the car and confident in Mercedes, so let's see how it goes."
Nico Rosberg: "Congrats to Lewis first of all on a great pole lap. Unfortunately for me, something went wrong in qualifying which I can't quite explain at the moment. In P3 I sorted out the problems from Friday and had a great feeling in the car. But then, as early as the first lap in Q1, I had to feed back to the pits that I had heavy understeer from the car. I tried to change some of the electronic setup but it didn't really work out. The positive could be that this setup might help me a bit more in the race, as understeering could keep the rear tyres more alive, so we will see. Even if I´m not happy about my performance today, there is still a lot to play for tomorrow. I need a good start – but there will be some other chances later in the race so I will go for it!"
Sebastian Vettel: "We had a great recovery from a bad day yesterday. For sure it was not easy to catch up, but all in all I’m proud that we stayed calm, improved the car and had a good turnaround from yesterday, with an optimum result. We know it will be tight tomorrow, but we’ll give our maximum. Remaining realistic, Mercedes is very strong and it would be very tough to beat them, but we also have to look behind us, at teams like Red Bull and Williams which are very strong. Red Bull in particular had a very good Friday but we still managed to outqualify them today, which showed that we are quicker."
Kimi Raikkonen: "It was a pretty normal qualifying, but we did not get the ideal result. We had some difficulties here and there and did not manage to put a very good lap together. This morning we had some issues and could not run with the soft tyres: for sure this did not help and it was a bit of unknown for qualifying, but it was not too bad and the behavior of the car was pretty good. Tomorrow I’ll be on the clean side of the starting grid, we’ll try to make a good start and see what happens in the first few corners. The race will be very long and obviously the Mercedes will be very strong, but if we cannot challenge them we’ll try to be second best. We’ll keep pushing and do our best."
Daniel Ricciardo: "I am really happy with the session today and with my qualifying performance. We were very close to Seb which is positive. I found a really good rhythm, obviously we had a few problems yesterday but the weekend as a whole has gone well so far. Our long run pace was pretty handy yesterday so I am confident we can battle it out with the red cars in the race tomorrow. I’m feeling good about it."
Daniil Kvyat: "It was tough today, it wasn’t my best qualifying session as I didn’t find a good rhythm. It’s disappointing, we should be stronger at this track. We are starting the race tomorrow from an okay position, hopefully we can move up the grid, it won’t be easy but we’ll try our best."