Lewis Hamilton blew away his rivals to claim his sixth straight pole position for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.
The world champion posted a best lap of one minute 47.197 seconds to leave Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg trailing in his wake by almost half-a-second.
It marked Hamilton's 10th pole from 11 races this season, and with it, an unassailable lead in the race for the pole position trophy - a title which Rosberg won last year.
Valtteri Bottas was third for Williams with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, winner last time out in Hungary, only ninth.
Lewis Hamilton was lost for words after his error-strewn performance in Sunday's dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who had topped every practice and qualifying session heading into the race, was expected to seal a record fifth victory here in Budapest.
But in the wake of yet another sluggish start he was fourth by turn one, and in a bid to re-pass Nico Rosberg at the chicane he fell off the track.
While he fought back from 10th to fourth, Hamilton then damaged his front wing after a sloppy collision with Daniel Ricciardo
He was hit with a drive-through penalty, and left the pit lane in 13th, but in this most spectacular and chaotic of races he somehow crossed the line in sixth.
I was all over the place. I really don't have any words to describe what happened.
It was a really bad performance from me and I don't know if it was a lack of concentration or what.
I pushed right to the end but there were so many obstacles. It's like there were two different directions and each time I chose the wrong one.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has won the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.
Lewis Hamilton, who started the day in pole position, crossed the line 6th fastest in what proved a day of damage limitation for the reigning champion.
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after his sizzling form showed no sign of relenting in the searing Budapest heat.
The world champion, fastest in every practice session so far this weekend, posted a best lap of one minute 22.020 seconds to qualify ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel will start from third with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo joining the four-time world champion on the second row.
Lewis Hamilton dealt another psychological blow to Nico Rosberg ahead of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix by topping the timesheets in final practice.
Hamilton, who was fastest in both session on Friday, maintained his sizzling form in the soaring Budapest heat to post a best lap of one minute 22.997 seconds.
Rosberg may have been encouraged by the margin to his team-mate - just 0.098secs - as he bids to prevent Hamilton from winning a record fifth time here in Hungary.
But his session ended in a chaotic fashion as he was left stranded at the end of the pit-lane. He abandoned his faulty car and headed to the back of the Mercedes garage.
In terms of pace, unsurprisingly, the Mercedes pair were the class of the field, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel their closest challenger, albeit the best part of nine tenths adrift. Daniil Kvyat was next up in his Red Bull, with Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz in fifth.
Lewis Hamilton will pay tribute to Jules Bianchi was the addition of #FlyHighJules on his helmet for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.
Bianchi was laid to rest on Tuesday after he succumbed to the brain injuries he sustained at last year's rain-lashed Japanese Grand Prix.
His death was the first in a Formula One generation. Indeed the sport has not mourned the passing of another driver since Ayrton Senna was killed at the San Marino Grand Prix more than two decades ago.
Hamilton, who is bidding for a record fifth victory at the Hungarian GP, said:
People watching generally underestimate the danger of our sport.They are like, 'Oh, there hasn't been anything dangerous for 20 years, so it is not really dangerous - all you guys do is sit there'.
But actually when we are out there we are driving this thing and it is bloody fast - one slip up and we are in the wall and it hurts.
Lewis Hamilton has called the death of Jules Bianchi a "sad, sad day" as he paid tribute to the French Formula One driver.
A sad, sad day today, guys. Please pray for Jules' loved ones. RIP Jules. God bless. http://t.co/ODqQ5uHsyG
Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton was refused entry to the Royal Box for the Men's Wimbledon final because of a "misunderstanding" over the dress code.
The 30-year-old had shared a picture from the All England Club saying he was "honoured" to have been invited to watch the showdown between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer from the Royal Box.
But Hamilton did not take his seat and left SW19 before Djokovic beat Federer in a four-set thriller.
The racing star's spokesperson confirmed that he was turned due to an "unfortunate misunderstanding regarding the dress code at Wimbledon".
"Lewis is very disappointed to have missed the men’s final," he added.
Men who are invited to the Royal Box are expected to wear a tie, jacket and shoes.
In pictures posted before he left Wimbledon, Hamilton was wearing a hat but did not appear to have a tie or a jacket on.
A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed that the driver had left before the final ended, but would not comment directly on whether the driver's attire was to blame.
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position on qualifying day for this year's British Formula One Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton blamed a poor start to the Austrian Grand Prix for costing him a shot at victory.
The Mercedes man had qualified on pole for the seventh time in eight races but was beaten off the line by team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg - who then took the chequered flag to close the gap in the championship.
"I had a problem with the revs," said Hamilton.
"I took my foot off the gas and the throttle was still on. It was not the best way to start the race but it is something we will work on to improve on my side of the garage."