Hamilton scores pole position at Hungarian GP
Do all these pole positions make Lewis Hamilton happy? This time last year, around the time he first snuck out of McLaren to meet Mercedes, he must have been contemplating a year driving a midfield car at best. He was certain he would no longer be in the fastest car, he was leaving that behind. There were other reasons for jumping ship after all. He was prepared to write 2013 off.But he is in the fastest car, as todays pole position in the brutal heat of Hungary shows. Hes on pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel, again. But yet it is Vettel again who starts favourite tomorrow. Favourite that is, unless Mercedes has been hiding something from us so far this weekend. So while it must be both a comfort and a surprise to Hamilton that hes been able to add to his tally of pole positions this year (he really didnt expect anything, its got to be a worry that Mercedes just cant seem to make a car thats fast in qualifying to a car that wins. Tyres, let it not be forgotten, haunted Michael Schumachers time in Hamiltons seat too. Something odd there at Mercedes.Vettel is surely certain for a fourth title now, any hope that the Red Bull RB9 would struggle on Pirellis new B-spec 2013 tyres (this years rubber, last years construction) had vanished long before Q3 started, the team sailing through the weekend as if there has been no change. They are class, Vettel is class and frankly everyone else is just trying to play in the same game. Today, Mercedes aside, it was again Lotus turn, Romain Grosjean qualifying third and an especially lairy Kimi Raikkonen sixth. The top ten line up like this behind Lewis and Seb; Grosjean, Rosberg, Alonso, Raikkonen, Massa, Ricciardo, Perez and Mark Webber who didnt get a run in Q3 and must now be counting down the days until he can have his own team again.Only one McLaren in the top ten then, despite an apparent improvement on the new tyres, which also seemed to benefit Williams who didnt for one moment look like taking the drop in Q1 for a change. For everyone else, Ferrari included, it looked very much like business as usual today, just as Pirelli said it would. The change is after all to the construction not to the compounds. Red Bull remain on top of that game which is why, despite having a relatively quiet first half to the season, Vettel is in a stronger position to take his fourth title at this point in the campaign than he was for his first, second or third. As we head in to the break, all the pretenders — Mercedes and McLaren, Ferrari and Lotus — have more work than ever to do. So while its a good story to see Lewis bag another pole, it means diddly-squat.Force India, whove spent so much of this first half of the season there or thereabouts behind the top five, didnt have a good day, Adrian Sutil not making it to Q3, Paul di Resta again not making it to Q2. Then again each time it has all gone wrong this year for di Resta in Q1 — and it has more than once — he has gone on to score. Dont count him out tomorrow, but dont bet on it either. The bar has be well and truly raised this weekend. Its going to be a tough second half for many teams. I bet they cant wait to get this one over and hit the beach.