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Vettel denies Hamilton a record-equalling pole

July 29, 2017 18:54 IST

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (left) celebrates getting pole as he trailed by Kimi Raikkonen (right), who got second place during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest on Saturday

IMAGE: Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel (left) celebrates getting pole as he trailed by Kimi Raikkonen (right), who got second place during qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest on Saturday. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Ferrari's Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday and denied his Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton a record-equalling career 68th.

The German's Finnish teammate Kimi Raikkonen sealed the Ferrari front-row lockout.

Hamilton, one point behind the German in the standings and a five-time winner in Hungary, will start from a disappointing fourth place on the grid and alongside his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton had been hoping to match Michael Schumacher's all-time pole record and had set the fastest lap of the second phase of qualifying.

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