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 - Four-Time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel to Leave Ferrari at the End of 2020
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 - 'A Big Void' But Lewis Hamilton Urges Everyone to 'Come Out Better' From Lockdown
“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 - 'Very Very Surprised' - Lewis Hamilton Criticises Decision to Hold Australian GP Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
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.