Kimi steals pole in Budapest drizzle

Sat, 5 August 2006, 04:31

Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren) has emerged from the drizzle and black clouds lingering above Budapest to clinch pole for the Hungarian grand prix.

With their coincidental qualifying penalties, championship challengers Michael Schumacher (Ferrari, 12th) and Fernando Alonso (Renault, 16th) dropped out of the session at the second knockout point, unable to compete for top placings due to their two-second time additions.

Schumacher, whose teammate Felipe Massa qualified second after Raikkonen pipped him in the dying seconds, will move up a place – to eleventh – due to Jenson Button’s engine penalty.

Race debutant Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber) was arguably the star of the day, however, as he – and not experienced teammate Nick Heidfeld – reached the top-ten runout.

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