Lewis Hamilton admitted that he did not expect to be able to beat Sebastian Vettel to Hungarian Grand Prix pole position. He expects staying at the front of the field for the race will be a bigger task however.
The Mercedes driver stormed to a last-gasp pole position with a 1m19.388s on his last lap, enough to knock heavy favorite Vettel off the top spot. According to Hamilton, his fourth pole of the season came as a shock.
"I was really surprised when they said I was on pole," he explained. "I was expecting Seb to get it because he had shown serious pace before, that is why I was surprised."
Hamilton added that while pole was a good result, his Mercedes' poor long-run pace could make life hard for him and the team in the race.
"It's great to have pole but doesn't mean much for the race," he said. "It will be tough tomorrow and that is the way it is. "It is a shame that we have got a good car, and if we didn't have a tire issue we would be able to compete.
"We will do the best we can tomorrow. We will just try and get as many points as we can."