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Alonso on pole in Hungary as BMW edge out Ferrari 04 Aug 2007

Post qualifying parc ferme (L to R): Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren, pole position; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, second; Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1, third.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2007.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007 Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.07.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB3.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007

The two McLarens will start Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the front row, after Fernando Alonso just pipped Lewis Hamilton to the crucial pole position at the Hungaroring.

But there was a measure of tension afterwards, as delays getting Alonso away from his second tyre stop - after which the Spaniard set his fastest lap - meant that Hamilton, who had made all the running to that point, was not able to get in his final run.

Alonso lapped in 1m 19.674s, Hamilton had to rely on his previous best of 1m 19.781s.

Saturday afternoon brought bad news for Ferrari. Felipe Massa’s car stopped in the pit lane in Q2 after a misunderstanding with his crew over refuelling, leaving him stranded down in 14th place with a mountain to climb tomorrow, and Kimi Raikkonen, having jumped back up to third place behind the McLarens, got shoved back down to fourth as Nick Heidfeld improved for BMW Sauber right at the end. Heidfeld managed 1m 20.259s, Raikkonen 1m 20.410s.

Nico Rosberg continued his excellent form with fifth place for Williams on 1m 20.632s, chased by Ralf Schumacher on 1m 20.714s in the similarly-engined Toyota. Robert Kubica was seventh in the second BMW Sauber with 1m 20.876s, ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella in the leading Renault on 1m 21.079s. On the fifth row will be Jarno Trulli on 1m 21.206s in the other Toyota, and Nurburgring podium finisher Mark Webber in the Red Bull, on 1m 21.256s.

Webber’s team mate David Coulthard just lost out in Q2, lining up 11th with 1m 20.718s, then came a disappointed Heikki Kovalainen (who was second in practice this morning) on 1m 20.779s in the second Renault. Alex Wurz was 13th for Williams on 1m 21.865s, then came Massa with 1m 21.021s, Anthony Davidson in the lead Super Aguri on 1m 21.127s and Tonio Liuzzi in the only Toro Rosso to get through from Q1, on 1m 21.993s.

Q1 had weeded out the Hondas of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, their drivers respectively lapping in 1m 21.737s and 1m 21.877s, Takuma Sato - who had a bit of a wild run to 1m 22.143s in the second Super Aguri, Toro Rosso rookie Sebastian Vettel on 1m 22.177, and the Spykers of Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto. The German took his round in 1m 22.737s, while his new team mate lapped in 1m 23.774s.