2022 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying report and highlights: Russell beats Sainz to take shock maiden pole at Hungaroring as Red Bulls hit trouble

George Russell took his maiden F1 pole place at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix to hold the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc at bay, whereas Max Verstappen will begin a provisional tenth having suffered a lack of energy in Q3.

After a moist closing observe session that was led by Nicholas Latifi, qualifying came about in dry situations. Q1 was topped by Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton benefiting from monitor evolution to lead group mate George Russell. Drivers continued to decide up the tempo in Q2, the place Verstappen led Leclerc.

In Q3, Verstappen was left in despair by a lack of energy, and with the Ferraris in provisional pole he might solely watch his hopes of pole fade away. Russell nonetheless prompted an enormous shock to the Scuderia with a lap of 1m 17.377s that stored Carlos Sainz at bay by 0.044s, and Charles Leclerc third by virtually two-tenths.

Lando Norris certified on the second row whereas Esteban Ocon will share row three together with his Alpine group mate Fernando Alonso.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was seventh and former group mate Valtteri Bottas certified eighth, to depart Daniel Ricciardo ninth and Verstappen an unlucky P10.







Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was a shock elimination from Q2 in P11 – Perez annoyed to hit site visitors on his closing effort. Zhou Guanyu was happy together with his P12 efficiency for Alfa Romeo, whereas Kevin Magnussen took P13 within the upgraded Haas – though he was the motive force who drew Perez’s ire.

Lance Stroll settled for 14th, and Mick Schumacher was final in Q2 as he’s set to begin the Hungarian GP a provisional fifteenth.

Yuki Tsunoda missed out on Q2 by 0.035s as he certified sixteenth, forward of Williams’ Alex Albon and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in P18. Pierre Gasly misplaced out due to monitor limits and certified nineteenth to make it a double-Q1 elimination for AlphaTauri and FP3 star Nicholas Latifi rounded out the standings thanks to a mistake at the ultimate nook.

After a painful displaying in France, Ferrari have made their first steps in direction of redemption – whereas Mercedes are again at the highest. At least, in the meanwhile…


Q1 – Hamilton and Russell begin on the entrance foot

After a soaked FP3 session – by which Nicholas Latifi took prime spot – qualifying acquired underneath method in dry situations – with swathes of ashen clouds portray a foreboding background.

Max Verstappen went prime early on with a lap of 1m 19.020s whereas the Ferraris stayed within the storage for the primary couple of minutes of Q1. With extra and extra rubber laid down, instances duly tumbled, and Verstappen improved to lead the brunt of Q1.

Late runs from Mercedes noticed Lewis Hamilton crash the social gathering with a time of 1m 18.374s, his group mate George Russell simply 0.033s off together with his effort. Carlos Sainz improved to P3, 0.060s off the tempo, whereas Verstappen was bumped down to P4 by a margin of 0.135s to depart Lando Norris to spherical out the highest 5 for McLaren.

Latifi entered Q1 having set the benchmark in FP3…

Fernando Alonso was underneath a tenth off Norris in P6, Ricciardo simply behind the two-time champion in seventh, whereas Charles Leclerc struggled to P8.

Esteban Ocon completed ninth and Valtteri Bottas rounded out a prime 10 cut up by 0.561s. Zhou Guanyu was simply behind his group mate, maintaining Kevin Magnussen at bay in P12. Sergio Perez was nameless in P13, with 14th-place Mick Schumacher and then Lance Stroll the final two drivers making it to security.

Yuki Tsunoda misplaced out on a Q2 place by 0.035s, Alex Albon subsequent on the board in P17, whereas Sebastian Vettel – whose FP3 crash harm was fastened by the hard-working Aston Martin crew, together with Vettel himself – was rejected to end 18th .

Track limits at Turn 5 price Pierre Gasly, who completed nineteenth, and FP3 chief Latifi completed final with a mistake at the ultimate nook, regardless of setting a purple first sector on his closing run.

Knocked out: Tsunoda, Albon, Vettel, Gasly, Latifi


Hamilton connected a lap for P1 in Q1

Q2 – Perez loses out whereas Verstappen and Leclerc set the tempo

Times in Q2 had been threatening to drop under the 1m 18s mark, given fast monitor evolution, and Verstappen was the primary to break that barrier with a time of 1m 17.703s, maintaining Alonso at bay by 0.201s. A lock-up on his first effort price Q1 chief Hamilton; Perez’s time was chalked off for monitor limits.

Verstappen did not enhance on his first effort, however Leclerc jumped to P2 by 0.065s to bump Alonso down to P3. Sainz was 0.038s behind his compatriot in P4 with Hamilton rounding out the highest 5.

Ricciardo improved together with his closing effort to discover security in P8, Ocon simply off the McLaren in P9, and Bottas the final driver to make the top-10 shootout.

Although Perez’s lap was reinstated, he misplaced out on Q3 by 0.071s, and the Red Bull driver raged at site visitors within the type of Magnussen (P13) in Sector 1 on his closing run. Between the Red Bull and the Haas was Zhou in P12, the rookie happy together with his displaying.

Stroll was virtually seven-tenths away from security in 14th – leaving Schumacher final and virtually eight-tenths off security.

Knocked out: Perez, Zhou, Magnussen, Stroll, Schumacher

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Q3 – Ferrari have pole snatched away by magic Russell lap

The clouds declined to unleash however Q3 was something however dry action-wise, with at least three drivers within the race for pole place. Sainz set the early benchmark of 1m 17.505s, Russell going second – virtually half a second off – whereas a mistake in Sector 3 noticed Leclerc go a provisional third forward of Hamilton.

As for Verstappen, his first run put him seventh, 1.318s off the tempo. He quickly reported a lack of energy, which triggered a livid flicking of switches and dials within the RB18 cockpit. “Nothing works,” Verstappen barked as his hopes of pole started to fade.

Sainz knew he had time left on the desk and shot to the highest on his closing run with a time of 1m 17.421s. But Russell’s breathtaking effort trumped all, the Briton delivering his first profession pole place and Mercedes’ first of the season with a blistering time of 1m 17.377s.

Leclerc due to this fact settled for third, with Norris to share the second row with P4 – just below four-tenths off Russell’s tempo.

Ocon rounded out the highest 5 and Alonso ensured Alpine will occupy the third row as he certified sixth. Meanwhile Hamilton was not joyful as he settled for seventh, former group mate Bottas going eighth.

Ricciardo certified ninth whereas a beleaguered Verstappen will begin a provisional tenth on Sunday, after Red Bull couldn’t diagnose his expensive energy unit glitch.


Russell sealed his first ever pole

Key quote

“I’m over the moon, completely buzzing. Yesterday was most likely our worst Friday of the season, and everybody was working so laborious final evening. We did not actually know what path to go in and then that final lap, acquired spherical Turn 1, mega Turn 1, went spherical Turn 2, Turn 2 was mega, and the lap time simply stored on coming, stored on coming. I got here throughout the road, regarded throughout at the display screen and noticed we went P1. That was unimaginable feeling!” – George Russell, Mercedes

What’s subsequent?

Russell’s on pole, Ferrari chase, and the Red Bulls have all of it to do to recuperate when the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix will get underneath method at 1500 native time on Sunday.

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