Vettel unconcerned despite missing out on pole in Hungary

Formula 1: Do Ferrari really have an advantage over Mercedes?

"It looks like in the wet conditions we aren't as confident as we are in the dry", said the German, whose team are mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne with flags flown at half mast.

Earlier, the third and final practice was held in warm and sunny conditions, but by the time qualifying started there was rain, thunder, and even some lightning. "I think we managed it well until the end, we were missing a bit but that's how it is".

And Hamilton, who described his pole position as a "shock", added: "There's a difference between the two tyres, particularly for that long straight, so I think it's highly unlikely we're going to sacrifice keeping our positions at the start".

In the final bout of qualifying simulations Bottas briefly went fastest on a 1m16.229s, at nearly exactly the same time as Hamilton spun at the chicane.

"I don't think there was an very bad lot missing", he said.

The Ferrari driver clocked a best lap of one minute and 16.170 seconds to wind up narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes by 0.059 seconds and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The Briton has won five times previously at the Hungaroring, but never in a year in which he has gone on to take the championship. "But I think the weather was the most important thing".

Toto Wolff said he thought Mercedes' fortunes had changed after Hamilton and Bottas gave the Silver Arrows a one-two at Hockenheim last weekend following Sebatian Vettel's crash.

Hamilton, who just retook the lead in the drivers standings over Ferrari's four-time Formula 1 champion, Sebastian Vettel, claimed that he believes Ferrari, which just lost the lead of the constructor standings over Mercedes, have an advantage over Mercedes. "In the dry we were in control".

Ricciardo, who topped first practice on Friday, was only fifth quickest.

Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg with two Frenchmen Romain Grosjean and Pierre Gasly ninth and tenth for Haas and Toro Rosso.

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