Lewis Hamilton warned Max Verstappen he was "down for a fight" after having to settle for a disappointing third place in qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Red Bull's Verstappen, winner in two of the last three Formula One races, claimed pole ahead of the two Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton, both of whom are looking to bounce back from a poor outing in Germany last week.
Hungary is one of Hamilton's favourite F1 venues, with a record six race wins to his name, and he is eager to make life difficult for the in-form Dutchman on Sunday.
"I'm always down for a fight," said the Briton, who leads team-mate Bottas in the drivers' championship by 41 points. "There's obviously a long, long way down to turn one so it should be interesting. It's not the easiest place to overtake here but strategy will come into it - hopefully, we can give them a run for their money.
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"Naturally you are always going to be targeting first, but Max did a great job and so did Valtteri. It kind of got away from me a little bit once we got into qualifying. But I'm still in a good position to fight for the win and we will be pushing hard."
Hamilton added of Verstappen, who claimed his maiden career pole: "It's an incredible feeling to get your first pole so I'm really happy for him."
Bottas, meanwhile, was satisfied with his result after making up ground from the three practice sessions, where he did not register a top-three finish and battled an engine issue.
"I've been kind of chasing a little bit this weekend after missing pretty much all of practice one and only limited laps in practice two," said the Finn, who ended up just 0.018 seconds behind Verstappen.
"I only really started to get into a rhythm this morning [in FP3]. It's been getting better and better in qualifying and I'm pleased with the lap in the end, obviously.
"[It's] Very close with Max, who has been quick all weekend, but there is always Sunday and that is what counts. Of course, we are here to fight for the win."
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