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Lewis Hamilton takes sixth straight pole in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton blew away his rivals to claim his sixth straight pole position for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton will line up in pole position on Sunday. Credit: PA

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 lost for words after Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton was lost for words after his error-strewn performance in Sunday's dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton held his hands up after the Hungarian GP. Credit: PA

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.

He said:

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.

– Drivers' Championship leader Lewis Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton takes pole at Hungarian GP

It was a familiar story in Formula One qualifying. Credit: PA

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.

Hamilton sets the pace ahead of Hungarian GP qualifying

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 has the psychological edge over team-mate Rosberg. Credit: PA

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.

Hamilton pays tribute to Bianchi at Hungarian GP

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
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