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Montrelle Montesinos | 10 Agosto, 2017, 18:27

Ferrari simply told him to keep up with Vettel and, as Bottas and Hamilton closed in the Finn, said over team radio: "You've put me under a massive threat from Mercedes for no reason".

Hamilton's challenge for victory was unexpected after a weekend in which he and his Mercedes team had struggled for pace compared to Ferrari. And now we're looking forward to tomorrow.

"Nevertheless, in the long term standing by our principles and values will make us win more championships, that is what I believe".

Bottas had to settle for third, 0.3s back, as Mercedes claimed the second row, something he admitted was the maximum the team could have hoped for.

Hamilton asked to be allowed past his team-mate to attack the Ferraris, saying: "OK, man. I've got a lot of pace".

Hamilton pledged that he would allow Bottas back past him if he could not overtake a Ferrari.

When it came to the business end of qualifying Hamilton made a costly mistake and Vettel added to his misery with a stunning lap of 1:16.276, giving him pole and a good chance of extending his championship advantage. Nevertheless it is how the drivers and the team operate.

"The car was fantastic today, it was really a pleasure to just go around", said Vettel after taking his 48th career pole on a hot afternoon at the Hungaroring. It's an emotional response - sees me pass him, wants to make it back and messed it up.

"And we've seen the backlash of decisions that were ruthless and cold-blooded and the effect it had on the brand. Maybe they were not fantastic but I am very positive".

"I'm over the moon". "It's always difficult what to expect here". So far this season, there have been issues with tires, with the balance in the car, and now the malfunctioning team radio. "I do think today was the right way to do things".

"You go down the straight and it's not straight".

"I tried to hang in there as much as possible. The race felt very, very long".

"Yes, yes, grazie tuti (thanks everyone)", screamed german Vettel on his slowdown lap. "It's OK. Could be worse". They had five seconds on Bottas in third by lap 14.

And he had some harsh words for his young team-mate.

It was the season's best finish for McLaren's Fernando Alonso of Spain finishing in 6th, beating Spanish Carlos Sainz in Toro Rosso. "That was a really great team effort".

Over at Red Bull, there is unlikely to be such harmony.

Vettel topped the times, but the chasing pack, led by Verstappen, were closer at that stage than in the final practice, with Raikkonen third ahead of Hamilton.

The Budapest grandstands resembled a football match at times Scot Paul di Resta took part in his first F1 race for nearly four years after replacing the unwell Felipe Massa, retiring because of an oil leak on his Williams There's been a few British one-race wonders for Williams.