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Russell takes maiden F1 pole in Hungary

2022 Hungary Grand Prix 2022, Friday - LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

George Russell got the pole position for the Hungarian GP after having set the quickest lap time at the checkered flag.

After the rain-affected FP3, qualifying at the Hungaroring began in dry conditions. However, dark clouds were around the track.

Max Verstappen took the early lead in Q1. However, the Ferrari drivers were yet to leave their garages at that moment.

Carlos Sainz was in provisional 4th place after his first flying lap, while Charles Leclerc was 10th which meant that Verstappen stayed in front. Several minutes later, Sainz and Leclerc got to P2 and P3 respectively.

Lewis Hamilton beat Verstappen’s lap time in the final minutes of Q1. The Briton topped the standings in the end. Yuki Tsunoda, Alexander Albon, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, and Nicholas Latifi were eliminated. Gasly’s lap time was deleted for a violation of track limits.

Leclerc got to the top of the timesheets at the start of Q2. However, the Monegasque’s lap time was more than a second slower than Verstappen’s

Sergio Perez’s first lap was good enough for P3. It was deleted for a track limits violation, although the Mexican had not crossed the white line. The lap time was reinstated several minutes later.

Both Ferrari drivers got to the top 4 after another flying lap attempt.

Verstappen was the quickest driver in Q2. Perez, Guanyu Zhou, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll, and Mick Schumacher did not get to the top 10 shootout.

Sainz was on the provisional pole after his first outing. George Russell and Leclerc were behind. Verstappen had a lock-up at turn 2, so he was in P7 after his lap.

Drivers came back to the race track with three and a half minutes to the checkered flag. Verstappen reported loss of power on his out lap.

Leclerc improved his lap time, but it was not enough to get ahead of Sainz. Meanwhile, the Spaniard got quicker. However, Russell beat Sainz’s lap time by four hundredths of a second and took the pole position for Sunday’s race.

Verstappen did not manage to overcome the power unit issues and finished the session 10th.

The results of the Formula 1 Hungarian GP qualifying:

Pos.DriverTeamTime/Gap
1George RussellMercedes1:17.377
2Carlos SainzFerrari+0.044
3Charles LeclercFerrari+0.190
4Lando NorrisMcLaren+0.392
5Esteban OconAlpine+0.641
6Fernando AlonsoAlpine+0.701
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes+0.765
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+0.780
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1.002
10Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing+1.446
11Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing1:18.516
12Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo1:18.573
13Kevin MagnussenHaas1:18.825
14Lance StrollAston Martin1:19.137
15Mick SchumacherHaas1:19.202
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:19.240
17Alexander AlbonWilliams1:19.256
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:19.273
19Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:19.527
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:19.570
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