Sebastian Vettel takes pole in Hungary

Updated: July 30, 2011, 11:51 AM ET
Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Sebastian Vettel reminded his Formula One rivals that Red Bull remains the team to beat in the championship after taking the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The F1 leader's crew worked on his car through the night, and he earned a leading time of 1 minute, 19.815 seconds Saturday on his last lap.

McLaren took advantage of mixed weather conditions to qualify second and third. Lewis Hamilton was within two-tenths of the German leader and finished in front of teammate Jenson Button. Ferrari pair Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso followed, while Mark Webber will start sixth for Red Bull.

The defending F1 champion Vettel has a 77-point lead in the standings on Webber, and Hamilton trails by 82 points.


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