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Team-by-team summary: Saturday, Hungary

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Smooth sailing for Lewis Hamilton on Saturday; fastest in the morning before securing his second consecutive pole position and setting up a possible hat-trick of race wins. Heikki Kovalainen completes the front row. "A qualifying one-two is a rare and pleasing achievement," said team boss Ron Dennis.



The Italian team's trough pushed into a third consecutive race weekend in Hungary, where Felipe Massa qualified behind the McLarens. But the Brazilian is not ready to accept the F2008 is now clearly slower than the MP4-23. "In the first two parts of qualifying the car felt good, as can be seen from my times," he said, referring to the fact that in Q2 he set the fastest time of the session overall. Kimi Raikkonen is again not quite on the pace this weekend, but his P6 on the grid is also the result of a mistake in Q3. "We are going through a bit of a difficult time but we mustn't give up," he said.



Robert Kubica is a solid P4, but his furious teammate Nick Heidfeld's recent recovery from a slump - including good pace in the morning - took a back seat as he dropped out in Q1. The German said he was blocked at the end of his last lap by several cars, and Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais was indeed penalised five grid positions in a subsequent decision by the stewards. "Bourdais was right in my way," said Heidfeld, who had waved his arm at the Frenchman.



Whether in morning practice or any of the three qualifying segments, Timo Glock (P5) has been on the pace throughout Saturday at the Hungaroring. "We are in a great situation for tomorrow," said the reigning GP2 champion, despite a slight hint of disappointment about not keeping the P3 he seemed to monopolise at other times this weekend. Teammate Jarno Trulli is P9. "I have struggled for grip and balance," he said.



Fernando Alonso led his teammate Nelson Piquet in all three qualifying segments, and will line up P7 on the grid. Piquet, who was P5 in the final 60-minute morning practice session, also made the Q3 cut.



David Coulthard, who dropped out in Q2, was half a second slower than Mark Webber throughout qualifying. "We have a chance to get something from here," said Webber, referring to his P8.



Sebastian Vettel, who missed out on joining the Q3 action by the barest of margins, is once again the point-man for Toro Rosso, always several tenths quicker than his struggling teammate Bourdais, who moves five places back for blocking Heidfeld and starts the race P19.



The RA108 is clearly not good enough to make Q3 on merit, but Jenson Button pulled out a strong performance to be P12 on the Hungary grid. "It's been a while since we were only three tenths from the top ten," the Briton said. Rubens Barrichello made a mistake in Q1 and is P18, ahead only of the slowest Force Indias.



Nico Rosberg at least broke out of the company of the Q1 stragglers, but it was Williams' only boast of the day, as he then had to sit out Q2 with a hydraulic problem. "We had a good chance of making Q3," the German, whose teammate Kazuki Nakajima qualified P17 and received a 1400 euro fine for pitlane speeding on Friday, lamented.



With Giancarlo Fisichella leading the way, the Force Indias were clearly the slowest cars in Hungary on Saturday, especially in qualifying. "We're not particularly quick round here," the Roman said.

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