Lewis Hamilton says he is “not too disappointed” with second place on the grid for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix despite having his final Q3 run ruined by a yellow flag.
Hamilton sat on provisional pole after his first flying lap in Q3, making the most of his slick tires after narrowly escaping elimination in Q2 on a drying circuit.
The Briton found a further four-tenths of a second in the first sector of his final lap, only to back off under yellow flags shown following a spin for Fernando Alonso at Turn 5.
The majority of drivers on their final hot lap were affected, but Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg managed to find more time in the final sector to snatch pole position away.
Despite being denied a sixth pole position in Hungary, Hamilton wasn’t too downbeat after qualifying, saying he did all he could.
“I don’t know how much Nico was up but I had the fastest first sector, I was four-tenths up,” Hamilton said.
“I felt good on that lap. A bit unfortunate with Fernando, but these things happen so I’m not really too disappointed.
“It was a tricky session. I did the best I could do.
“We still have a long race ahead of us tomorrow so I’ll give it everything I’ve got from there.”
The focus after qualifying is already on whether Rosberg did enough to slow under the yellow flags, although the stewards are yet to show any indication of investigating his lap.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports App from 7am ET on Sunday.