World championship leader Lewis Hamilton put himself on course for a third successive Grand Prix victory after grabbing an emphatic pole position for Sunday's Hungary race.
Hamilton powered around the blisteringly hot Hungaroring track in one minute 20.899 seconds, with team mate Heikki Kovalainen posting the second best time of 1:21.140.
Hamilton's nearest rival for the drivers' title, Ferrari's Felipe Massa, had to settle for third place after finishing his last flying lap in 1:21.191.
Massa's team mate Kimi Raikkonen will start in a disappointing sixth place behind BMW's Robert Kubica and Toyota's Timo Glock.
The qualifying result will give a huge advantage to the McLaren team who should prove hard to overtake on the slow and twisty Budapest course.