Fernando Alonso is the surprise pole sitter for the Hungarian grand prix following a bizarre qualifying session near Budapest.

Fernando Alonso is the surprise pole sitter for the Hungarian grand prix following a bizarre qualifying session near Budapest.

Confusion reigned in parc ferme in the wake of the session, as the circuit's timing system had failed in the decisive moments of Q3.

It was some time before the Renault driver's top spot was confirmed, ahead of the two Red Bulls led by Sebastian Vettel.

"We made a step forward and are more competitive now," Spaniard Alonso, having achieved Renault's first pole since 2006, said.

"(We are) not as quick as the Red Bulls, but we are looking to score some good points tomorrow," he added, confirming that his R29 is carrying a light fuel load.

McLaren's practice pace was confirmed with the fourth (Lewis Hamilton) and sixth grid spots, while championship leader Jenson Button is just eighth.

Felipe Massa is scheduled to start Sunday's 70-lap race from tenth spot, but the Brazilian is currently in a Budapest hospital following his bizarre accident that delayed the start of Q3.

A Ferrari spokesman would not elaborate beyond saying Massa, who was struck on the head apparently by debris from the rear of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn and subsequently crashed, is "stable".

Neither BMW made it through the initial Q1, and Toro Rosso's teenage debutant Jaime Alguersuari qualified last, nine places behind his teammate Sebastien Buemi.

 

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.313 1:20.826 1:21.569 20
2 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:21.178 1:20.604 1:21.607 20
3 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:20.964 1:20.358 1:21.741 22
4 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.842 1:20.465 1:21.839 23
5 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:20.793 1:20.862 1:21.890 24
6 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.659 1:20.807 1:22.095 29
7 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.500 1:20.647 1:22.468 25
8 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:21.471 1:20.707 1:22.511 20
9 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:21.407 1:20.570 1:22.835 24
10 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.420 1:20.823   18
11 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:21.571 1:21.002   20
12 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:21.416 1:21.082   18
13 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:21.558 1:21.222   17
14 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:21.584 1:21.242   19
15 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:21.278 1:21.389   21
16 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.738     8
17 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:21.807     12
18 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:21.868     5
19 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:21.901     8
20 11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:22.359     10

 

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