SESSION OVER. And Lewis Hamilton eases to pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Never really looked in doubt all weekend and he improved to a 1:20.953. Romain Grosjean starts second from Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen. The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished sixth and seventh respectively.
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Both Ferraris also out on new softs as Hamilton still heads the times.
Vettel should only have one crack at this ...
Romain Grosjean splits the McLarens to go second.
Hamilton smashes that time with a 1:21.260. Vettel out with a brand new set of softs.
Times tumbling as Raikkonen goes quickest. Will this be a breakthrough weekend for Lotus?
Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:21.794.
Hulkenberg is on the medium compound tyres.
Both Raikkonen and Button out on a used set of softs and Hamilton on a brand new set of softs.
Hulkenberg first out followed by Button and Hamilton.
Q3 is underway. Who will make it to pole?
Mark Webber: “I was happy this morning and reasonably quick in Q1 but I didn’t feel happy on that new set of soft tyres but there we go. We’ll see. It’s a long race. It’s probably difficult to challenge for pole but we’ll see what Seb does in the next session.”
A great session for Williams as both cars make it through to the top ten shoot out.
The others to miss out are Di Resta, Perez, Kobayashi and Vergne. Hamilton was quickest and looks supreme on this track. Get your bets on for him to be on pole.
SESSION OVER. And the big casualties are Mark Webber, Schumacher and Rosberg. Bruno Senna pulled out a lap to put Webber out. Big shock there.
Rosberg pulls out a lap to go 8th. Not out of the woods yet though.
Schumacher and Rosberg look to be struggling as they have done all weekend. They could miss out.
Despite his pace, Hamilton said he could have gone faster if he wasn’t held up. Lots of cars on the circuit now.
Webber splits the Lotuses to go third.
Hamilton is going to take some beating today. He goes quickest with a stunning 1:21.060. Fastest in every sector.
Rosberg, Schumacher and Hamilton are in the drop zone.
The times are tumbling now and Raikkonen goes quickest as the Lotuses occupy the top two slots.
He is immediately usurped at the top by Grosjean’s Lotus.
Good for Jenson Button as he goes fastest ahead of Hulkenberg.
Every car now on the softs, unsurprisingly.
Nico Hulkenberg goes quickest with a 1:22.176 from Massa and Di Resta.
Schumacher loses time by running wide and aborts his lap. Looks like he’s understeering quite a lot.
Michael Schumacher is out early doors on the softs.
Q2 is underway and it will be fascinating to see who misses out.
Button finished the session third fastest but he did use a set of softs.
Kamui Kobayashi just squeezed though to displace the Australian on his last lap.
SESSION OVER. Lewis Hamilton is fastest again and the casualties, as expected, are the HRTs, Marussias and Caterhams. Daniel Ricciardo also misses out.
Only the Lotuses still on mediums.
Rosberg goes third on the soft tyres, behind Paul di Resta. Soft tyres being bolted on all over the place now as Q1 draws to a close.
Great lap from Vergne and he goes fourth.
Hamilton fastest with a 1:21.794 but Button still struggling for front end grip.
That time from Senna was set on medium compound tyres. Good pace from Williams.
What of the Red Bulls? Vettel currently running sixth and Webber fourth.
Great lap from Bruno Senna and he goes second quickest with a 1:22.371.
Raikkonen dials in another quick lap to go second just behind Hamilton. The usual HRT, Marussia and Caterham suspects in the danger zone.
And he goes quickest of all with a 1:22.371.
Felipe Massa jumps to second quickest in the timesheets but Hamilton is flying.
Hamilton runs wide through turn 4 as Button goes second quickest.
Raikkonen still quickest from Hulkenberg, Di Resta and Grosjean.
Grosjean complaining that the balance of his car it ‘totally wrong’.
Both McLarens are now out. Can Button combat the oversteer that has blighted him so far this weekend?
Both McLarens still yet to venture out as Raikkonen goes fastest with a 1:23.273 from team-mate Grosjean.
Only the HRTs and Marussias on the soft compound as the big guns bide their time.
A flurry of action as cars follow the Lotus out onto the track.
Romain Grosjean is the first man to venture out.
The pit lane is open but nobody is out yet...
Toro Rosso reporting to Jean Eric Vergne that there will be a high probability of a lot of traffic early on.
Q1: And we’re underway here in Hungary for the all-important qualifying session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Perfect conditions for the next hour.
Christian Horner on engine mapping and qualifying: “When you’re a front running team with front running drivers, other teams don’t necessarily like it. But every time the FIA have asked questions of us we have complied and proved that our car is within the regulations. It really is a bit of a storm in a tea cup. The McLarens look strong here and the Lotuses always run well in hot conditions.”
As with FP3, the weather is set fair with track temperature at 43 degrees Celsius.
Hello again and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Mark Webber was quickest in FP3 but Lewis Hamilton again looks quick and is a good bet for pole after finishing second fastest.