Sebastian Vettel takes pole position at Hungarian GP as Kimi Raikkonen claims second in a Ferrari front row

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Sebastian Vettel (C), Kimi Raikkonen (R) and Valtteri Bottas (L).

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix as Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid in a tense, dramatic and record-breaking qualifying session on Saturday.

The 30-year-old four-time champion clocked a best lap of one minute 16.276 seconds to secure his third pole at the Hungaroring circuit and the 48th of his career.

His success gives him a perfect opportunity to make the most of the prime starting position and increase his one point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the standings.

"Yes, yes, grazie tuti (thanks everyone)," screamed german Vettel on his slowdown lap. "The car has been incredible today and I love this track. Front row for us is incredible. "We're working hard. It is just great. Obviously, the last race wasn't great for us, but we are here now and I am happy where we are as a team."

His Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest and will start alongside Vettel at the front of the grid ahead of the two Mercedes led by Valtteri Bottas, who was third, and three-time champion Briton Hamilton. Hamilton said he was not surprised by Ferrari's overnight leap in performance. "They were always going to be quick here and I was reasonably satisfied with our performance. I thought we did quite well, except in Q3, for me," he said. "But you can't overtake here and it will be a train unless we can do something on the strategy." Dutchman Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull ahead of his Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, with German Nico Hulkenberg seventh for Renault and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso eighth for McLaren-Honda on his 36th birthday.

TOUGH RETURN

On a hot day at the Hungaroring, with an air temperature of 28 degrees and a track temperature of 57, the session began with a fiercely-competitive opening section in which Briton Paul di Resta, Williams's reserve driver, made his first appearance at a Grand Prix since 2013 as replacement for the unwell Brazilian Felipe Massa. It was a tough return for the Scot and, despite a valiant effort, he was eliminated in 19th place along with Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas, his Williams team-mate Lance Stroll and the two Saubers of German Pascal Wahrlein and Swede Marcus Ericsson. Vettel topped the times, but the chasing pack, led by Verstappen, were closer at that stage than in the final practice, with Raikkonen third ahead of Hamilton. Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas were the first out for Q2, the Englishman reporting "there's a bit of vibration on these tyres" as he rejoined the fray in pursuit of a place in the top 10 shootout. The German maintained his narrow advantage after the first flying runs ahead of Verstappen and Hamilton, who then responded with a new track record lap of 1:16.693 to go top as Vettel, Verstappen and Raikkonen stayed in the pits. In a final flurry of Q2 action, Spaniard Carlos Sainz squeezed through in 10th for Toro Rosso, pushing Briton Jolyon Palmer of Renault out of the final session. On the opening Q3 laps, Hamilton went off at Turn Four and chose to abort the lap, pulling into the pits. Bottas clocked 1:16.631 and then Vettel raised the record bar again to 1:16.276. Surprisingly, given his earlier grumbles about the tyres and his 'off' in Q2, Hamilton was soon out for his final run. "Big vibration on these tyres," he said, again, as he launched his first flying lap. But it was in vain as Vettel took pole from Raikkonen, who produced a scorching final lap to snatch second from his Finnish compatriot Bottas. Provided by AFP Sport

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Neymar's training spat with Nelson Semedo leads to Barcelona players asking for PSG target to stay

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On the move? Neymar.

Barcelona star teammates have begged Neymar to resist the temptation of moving to Paris St Germain after a training ground altercation with new signing Nelson Semedo.

The French giants are supposedly ready to launch a record-breaking $256 million (218 million euros) move for Neymar, sparking exit fears as the Spanish club prepared for a Saturday "El Clasico" friendly match-up with Real Madrid in Miami.

The unsettled 25-year-old Brazilian stormed off the practice pitch in disgust and has yet to commit his future to Barcelona ahead of the transfer deadline, still more than a month away.

"It's true, something did happen, but that's sometimes what happens in training," Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta said. "All the talk about Neymar right now, everything is magnified. Things like this can happen. It's a personal decision for him, but of course we want him to stay."

Strike partner Luis Suarez has formed a deadly partnership with Neymar and echoed Iniesta's calls for the interest from PSG to be dismissed once and for all. "As soon as he clarifies the situation it's better for us and him. He will have his say when he is ready and as a teammate I will support him," Suarez said. "Our relationship won't change. We want him to stay." Boss Ernesto Valverde swerved the media on the eve of the match with arch-rival Real, but Iniesta sang Neymar's praises. "For me, he's one of the best players in the world. He brings so much to the team and hopefully he will stay for many years," Iniesta said. "He is worth more than $200 million or $300 million. His playing style suits us and he can only improve with us." Neymar made an appearance at a Nike shop in Miami on Friday afternoon to celebrate the release of his new boots. But the superstar striker refused to talk about the speculation and just posed for photographs with fans a day after the training spat at Miami's Barry University training complex. Barca are set to return to Spain after the clash at the home stadium of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, but Neymar is still lined up to travel to China on business for the La Liga giants. Provided by AFP Sport

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PSG to pay Barcelona €220m for Neymar, rating the most coveted stars with a release clause

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Reports linking Neymar with a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer continues to gather pace.

The Brazilian's bust-up with Nelson Semedo during a Barcelona training session on Friday only added fuel to the fire.

Footage shows Neymar in a heated confrontation with the club's new right-back at the end of which the forward stormed off the pitch angrily.

PSG are reportedly willing to trigger his €220 million release clause should the 25-year-old decide to join them. In light of the ongoing debate over whether or not he is worth that fee, here's a look at his release clause along with four others which may be worth triggering in the near future.

NEYMAR | BARCELONA | €220M

If the transfer does go through, Neymar's fee would destroy the €105 million Manchester United signed Paul Pogba for last summer, which still stands as the world record. At only 25 though, the Brazilian could easily go on to justify PSG's investment. After making his mark at Barcelona, he's primed to take on a leading role, one that may not be forthcoming for a couple of years yet at the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi still maintaining his extraordinary standards. Despite concerns over the lack of competition in Ligue 1, which could adversely affect his bid for a first Ballon d'Or, it's the Champions League and World Cup where Neymar will be making his case to be crowned the world's best player. If he goes on to win another Champions League at Barcelona, it's one more medal for his collection and another European honour for the club. But if he can do it in Paris then, never mind being Messi's heir, he'd be exalted as PSG's messiah, the deliverer of the elusive 'Big Ears' trophy. In terms of market potential, there are few players in world football who could become a bigger brand than the Brazilian. PSG need a leader, a fresh face to usher in a new era. Zlatan Ibrahimovic propelled them to supremacy in the French league and made them relevant on the continental stage, now Neymar could take them to the next level and help them conquer it. Rating: 8/10 Neymar Neymar

SAUL NIGUEZ | ATLETICO MADRID | €150M

Saul Niguez is one of the most sought after young midfielders in Europe and in a couple of years, his €150 million release clause could seem like a bargain if he pushes on. However, he's only had two good seasons and a phenomenal European U-21 Championship with Spain. It's a huge sum for a 22-year-old only now entering his element. He's one who seems certain to go on to bigger and better things but until his match-winning displays with the U-21s this summer and a few great goals for Atletico last season, he wasn't one of the bigger names emerging in Europe. He is only now starting to realise his popularity and it will be a while yet before he's someone leading brands will flock to. At the moment, his release clause is well over the odds, a clear ploy by the club to hold on to him for the next couple of years at least. Rating: 5/10 Saul Niguez Saul Niguez

ANTOINE GRIEZMANN | ATLETICO MADRID | €100M

At the start of the summer, Antoine Griezmann seemed destined for that iconic No7 shirt that's been left vacant at Manchester United since Memphis Depay's departure in January. While Atletico's transfer ban compelled the Frenchman to remain at the club in their hour of need, he could still wind up being the proud owner of that shirt at Old Trafford in the future. Despite signing a new contract with the La Liga outfit this summer, his release clause has crucially remained the same at €100 million. Apart from earning higher wages this season, Griezmann's deal with Atletico hasn't changed all that much. Like Neymar, Griezmann is also a high-profile player and would be an outstanding marquee signing for United. Just a year older than the Brazilian, he is regarded as one of the stars capable of securing a Ballon d'Or title once the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly finally comes to an end. United were always going to trigger his release clause this summer and should Neymar's be activated by PSG, the €100 million to prise Griezmann away from Atletico next year will seem like a bargain. Rating - 9/10 Antoine Griezmann Antoine Griezmann

ANDREA BELOTTI | TORINO | €100M

Andrea Belotti is a very capable player and definitely one who could become a top striker. He's shown maturity beyond his years over the last Serie A campaign, plundering 26 goals and leading Torino to a top-half finish. He has all the makings of a fine forward while his physicality, work ethic and goal-poaching ability serve as his prime attributes. It's no wonder the 23-year-old has been linked to the likes of United, Chelsea and most recently, AC Milan this summer. However, it's safe to say that Torino were being a little unrealistic by reportedly holding out for his €100 million release clause when interest in their leading man was at its peak. Either that, or it was a purposeful effort to discourage clubs from signing him. One prolific season in the top flight hardly justifies a fee of that magnitude. He's only just burst onto the scene and has no experience in European club football. With nine international appearances to his name, he's starting to rise to prominence but will have to deliver again next season before clubs even consider meeting his release clause. Rating - 4/10 Andrea Belotti Andrea Belotti

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA | AC MILAN | €70M

A €70 million fee would make Gianluigi Donnarumma the most expensive goalkeeper of all-time. The Italian was the subject of much transfer speculation this summer with every club from Real Madrid to Juventus vying for his signature after he rejected a new contract from AC Milan offering him £80,000 a week. Once his agent Mino Raiola spun his web though, he wound up staying at the club with a new four-year deal earning over £200,000 a week, while his older brother was handed a contract at Milan as well. Arguably the best part of the new deal though is that release clause. Raiola initially wanted it set at €40 million while Milan were willing to agree to €100 million. If Donnarumma goes on to be half the keeper people think he will over the next season or so, €70 million will be more than reasonable given his age. Don't be surprised if he makes a move as early as next season. His fee is certainly well within the means of Europe's top clubs and represents a great investment. Rating - 8/10 Gianluigi Donnarumma Gianluigi Donnarumma

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