English Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton snagged pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, while Spain's Fernando Alonso, who drives for Ferrari, will start fifth.

Hamilton covered the 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) Hungaroring circuit in 1:19.388 in Saturday's qualifying to claim his fourth pole of the season, narrowly bettering the time of German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel by 0.038 seconds.

Vettel is the three-time defending Formula One drivers' champion and leader of this year's standings.

French Lotus driver Romain Grosjean and Nico Rosberg, Hamilton's teammate, will start on the second row after posting qualifying times of 1:19.595 and 1:19.720, respectively, in sweltering conditions in Budapest.

Alonso, who is in second place in the drivers' standings with 123 points, 34 behind Vettel at the halfway point of the season, will be joined on the third row by Finnish Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen. EFE