Formula 1

Hamilton takes pole in Hungary, ahead of Bottas and Stroll

Mercedes flexed their muscles in Hungary, dominating qualifying by a staggering margin. Racing Point came through on their pace in practice, locking out the second row. Ferrari finally showed improvement with both cars making Q3, whilst both Williams progressed out of Q1.

Qualifying 1

Mercedes took the lead early on with Lewis Hamilton leading from Valterri Bottas, followed by the Racing Points. Despite languishing at the back for most of the session, the Williams pulled out astonishing pace with Russell even managing to break into third with 5 minutes to go. As the track continued to improve, all the cars were rushing to secure a place in Q2. As the grid had a huge mix up, both Williams managed to get through, a huge boost for the team. Sergio Perez eventually finished the session on top, whilst Haas and Alfa Romeo weren’t able to make the most of the situation, getting knocked out along with Daniil Kvyat.

Eliminated

  • 16th Kevin Magnussen
  • 17th Daniil Kvyat
  • 18th Romain Grosjean
  • 19th Giovinazzi
  • 20th Kimi Raikkonen

 

Qualifying 2

Mercedes again led the way early on as the midfield began the battle for Q3. Less than a tenth separated 10th and 13th before the final runs, a mixture of constructors were in the running. It was a bad day in the office for Alex Albon who was only able to finish 13th, out-qualified by George Russell. The Racing points almost threw away a good grid position as they ran a risk, setting laps with the medium tyre. They were able to just scrape through, giving them a different strategy than the teams around them. Both Ferraris comfortably made it in Q3, a sign that their upgrades are actually improving the car.

Eliminated

  • 11th Daniel Ricciardo
  • 12th George Russell
  • 13th Alexander Albon
  • 14th Esteban Ocon
  • 15th Nicolas Latifi

 

Qualifying 3

Yet again, the Mercedes dominated with their first laps being over a second clear of the rest of the pack. Lance stroll managed 3rd early on, but his team-mate fell behind Max Verstappen and the McLarens, after a surprising turn of pace from Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. As the final laps took place, Lewis Hamilton edged out Valtteri Bottas by less than 2 tenths, while Lance Stroll maintained his position to qualify an impressive 3rd, tailed by teammate Sergio Perez. Ferrari managed to lock out the third row, ahead of Max Verstappen and the two McLarens. Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10 with an impressive performance.

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Valtteri Bottas
  3. Lance Stroll
  4. Sergio Perez
  5. Sebastian Vettel
  6. Charles Leclerc
  7. Max Verstappen
  8. Lando Norris
  9. Carlos Sainz Jr
  10. Pierre Gasly

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