It certainly surprised Kimi Räikkönen, but perhaps no one was more surprised by his Q2 appearance in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix than Jules Bianchi himself.

The Frenchman was ecstatic after reaching Q2 for the second time this season, making full use of the Soft compound Pirelli tyres to sneak into the top-sixteen by just sixty-four thousandths of a second.

The result was perhaps all the more surprising given that he – up to that point – had not led the traditional four-way back-of-the-grid battle between the Marussias and Caterhams; that honour had been held by Kamui Kobayashi.

After making it into the second phase, it was perhaps no surprise that he finished slowest of all.

“My first run was not so good, as I made a mistake, but on the second run we had a perfect qualifying. So we made it through to Q2 for the second time this year and that is great for myself and the team,” Bianchi said.

“Tomorrow will not be an easy race but I hope it can be a good one.”

Teammate Max Chilton qualified 19th-fastest, marking the seventh time this season that he has been outqualified by the sister MR03.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.