BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 28 (UPI) -- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took the pole position at Saturday's qualifying runs for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
Hamilton earned his third pole of the Formula One season with a time of 1 minute, 20.953 seconds on the 14-turn course, edging Romain Grosjean of Lotus by 0.413 seconds, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton seemed confident afterward that he would be in a good position to win his third Hungarian Grand Prix title on Sunday.
"It has been a really positive weekend so far, and the guys have done an incredible job as always in preparing the car," Hamilton said. "Every lap has been quite good throughout practice and in qualifying."
Vettel, the defending F1 champion, used a strong showing on the final phase of his lap to squeeze into the top three.
Teammate Mark Webber also had a harrowing run through the early stages of his lap and will start in the 11th slot Sunday. "On my last run there, I didn't get the most out of my tires," Webber said. "It's disappointing to qualify there, but we look forward to the race tomorrow."