Mercedes on the front row after a rain-soaked qualifying

Mercedes on the front row after a rain-soaked qualifying

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
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The Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will start from the first row of the grid for the Hungarian Grand prix after a dramatic and rain-soaked qualifying. Hamilton took pole position. Their Ferrari rivals were third and fourth. Kimi Raikkonen was faster than his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will start from the first row of the grid for the Hungarian Grand prix

Rain began to fall over Hungaroring about 20 minutes before qualifying started. It did not start pouring in Q1 and the drivers even had the chance to make laps on slicks. Daniel Ricciardo made a peculiar choice for softs while everybody else took ultrasofts. The Australian managed to get to Q2 but then remained 12th and out of Q3.

It was pouring over the circuit for the second and third qualifying segments. Drivers made more mistakes and Lance Stroll even crashed and broke his Williams’ nose.

In Q3 it was still raining until the conditions got a fraction better at the very end of the segment. Raikkonen was leading at that point before both Mercedes drivers to knock him to third.

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