Lewis Hamilton (1/2 to win Hungarian GP) qualified fastest for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start third on the grid.
Reigning world champion Hamilton had already topped the timesheets during Practice Three on Saturday morning, and he once again proved fastest during qualifying, posting a time of 1:15.419 to finish 0.315 seconds ahead of Bottas (10/1 to win race), with Verstappen (9/4) a further 0.106 seconds back.
Both Mercedes drivers recorded their fastest laps of Q3 during their first runs, and they will start Sunday’s race on their preferred medium tyres, while Red Bull will begin on the soft compound.
Hamilton, who is a record eight-time race winner at the Hungaroring, has certainly been delighted with Mercedes’ efforts so far this weekend, and he is hoping they can see the job through on Sunday.
“It was an amazing qualifying lap, and it has been amazing teamwork from everyone, Valtteri included, trying to push the car forward,” the seven-time world champion told reporters.”
🏁 Hamilton takes pole in Hungary!
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Verstappen (8/11 to win the world title), who heads into Sunday’s race with an eight-point lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, was only just able to complete his final lap of Q3, as Hamilton opted to do a very slow out lap before his final run, a tactic that meant the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez could not reach the start line in time for his final qualifying attempt.
That led to Hamilton being booed as he conducted his post-qualifying interviews, but Verstappen had no complaints and conceded Red Bull have work to do on Sunday.
“Clearly, the whole weekend so far, we have been a bit behind, and it showed again in qualifying, “Verstappen told reporters.
“It’s going to be different [starting on the soft tyre to Mercedes’ mediums]. The grip was quite a bit higher on these tyres; we will find out tomorrow.”
Despite not completing a final lap, Perez will still start fourth on the grid on Sunday, while the top 10 will be completed by AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris of McLaren, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Alpine duo Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel.