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Raikkonen on pole in Hungary
August 05, 2006 19:49 IST
McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen snatched pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday as title contenders Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher were pushed out of the top 10.
Raikkonen, last year's winner in Hungary, seized his second pole in a row in the final seconds to dash Brazilian Felipe Massa's hopes of starting at the front for the first time in his Ferrari.
Brazilian Rubens Barrichello was third for Honda and Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa fourth in a McLaren.
Renault's world champion Alonso and Ferrari's Schumacher failed to make the final cut after both went into the knockout qualifying with two second penalties to be added to their fastest laps.
Ferrari's seven times champion Schumacher will start 11th, because Honda's Jenson Button who clocked the fourth best time picked up a 10 place penalty for an engine change.
Spaniard Alonso lines up behind in 15th place at a circuit where overtaking is a real challenge.
Alonso leads Schumacher by 11 points with six races remaining.
Schumacher was penalised for overtaking two cars under a red flag in Saturday's final free practice while Alonso picked up his sanction for dangerous driving and ignoring a yellow flag on Friday.
Without the time penalties, both would have been challenging for pole in the final session.
Sunday's starting grid
1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) McLaren 1:19.599
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