Britain’s Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on Saturday won the pole position for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix amid heavy rain, winning his 77th career pole. Also Read - F1 Ace Lewis Hamilton Prays For COVID-Hit India

The reigning world champion and leader of the 2018 driver standings fought through the wet conditions to clock the fastest time — one minute and 35.658 seconds. He is to start from the first position in Sunday’s race, here at the Hungaroring outside Budapest, reported Efe. Also Read - F1 2021: Emilia Romagna GP - Will Experience Continue Its Domination or Can The Youth Usher in New Era?

“We couldn’t have expected this… The Ferraris were quicker all weekend, but the heavens opened and it was fair game,” Hamilton said after winning his fifth pole of the season. Also Read - F1 2021: Lewis Hamilton Holds off Max Verstappen to Win Season Opener at Bahrain Grand Prix

Hamilton was 0.260 seconds faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland, and both drivers will start from the front row.

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Sebastian Vettel of Germany are to start from the second row, after clinching third and fourth respectively.

Spain’s Carlos Sainz (Renault) and France’s Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) showed impressive performances and came fifth and sixth, respectively, to start from the third row.