Vettel set a new track lap record at the Hungaroring with a 1:16.276 in Budapest and is joined on the front row by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen who improved to within two tenths in Q3.
With Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton having to settle for the second row, it gives Vettel a great opportunity to open up his World Championship lead again ahead of the summer break.
“The car all day has been incredible,” said Vettel in the on-track interview.
“We did a good step forward, I like this track a lot and to have the car in the right window, the sun and people around, that’s what it’s all about.
“Front row for us is incredible and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.
“We are working hard. the last race wasn’t great for us. We are here and we try to do our best. We’re happy where we are as a team and remember where we were 12 months ago.”
“The main task comes tomorrow so nothing is won today but we’re very happy.”
Vettel then addressed those who had written off Ferrari completely following their horror show at Silverstone.
He added: “It’s great but especially after the talk after the last race, which was a bit much. We give the answer on the track.”