Motor racing: Hamilton on cloud nine after pole as he aims for fifth Hungarian GP win

The pole, after clocking 1min 22.020sec, was Hamilton's ninth in 10 races this season.
The pole, after clocking 1min 22.020sec, was Hamilton's ninth in 10 races this season. PHOTO: AFP

BUDAPEST (REUTERS, AFP) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, with a lap more than half a second faster than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The two title rivals will line up together on the front row on Sunday, with Ferrari's four-time champion Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo behind them on the second row.

The pole, after clocking 1min 22.020sec, was Hamilton's ninth in 10 races this season and left him perfectly placed for a fifth career win at the Hungaroring.

It is the fifth time in succession, ninth this season, the 30-year-old Briton has out-performed his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 17 points in the championship standings with Vettel a distant third, 42 points adrift, after nine races.

The Briton's pole success was his fifth at the Hungaroring circuit, where he is the only driver to have won from pole position in the last 10 years.

Former world champion Finn Kimi Raikkonen starts fifth in the second Ferrari.