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

George Russell took his maiden F1 pole place on the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix to maintain 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 ultimate observe session that was led by Nicholas Latifi, qualifying occurred in dry circumstances. Q1 was topped by Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton making the most of observe evolution to guide staff mate George Russell. Drivers continued to choose 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 may solely watch his hopes of pole fade away. Russell nevertheless induced an enormous shock to the Scuderia with a lap of 1m 17.377s that saved 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 along with his Alpine staff mate Fernando Alonso.

In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton was seventh and former staff mate Valtteri Bottas certified eighth, to go away Daniel Ricciardo ninth and Verstappen an unlucky P10.

1


George
Russell
RUS
Mercedes
1:17.377
2


Carlos
Sainz
SAI
Ferrari
1:17.421
3


Charles
Leclerc
LEC
Ferrari
1:17.567
4


Lando
Norris
NOR
McLaren
1:17.769
5


Esteban
Ocon
OCO
Alpine
1:18.018

Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez was a shock elimination from Q2 in P11 – Perez pissed off to hit visitors on his ultimate effort. Zhou Guanyu was happy along with his P12 efficiency for Alfa Romeo, whereas Kevin Magnussen took P13 within the upgraded Haas – although 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 because of observe limits and certified nineteenth to make it a double-Q1 elimination for AlphaTauri and FP3 star Nicholas Latifi rounded out the standings because of a mistake on the ultimate nook.

After a painful displaying in France, Ferrari have made their first steps in direction of redemption – whereas Mercedes are again on the high. A minimum of, in the meanwhile…

Qualifying Highlights: 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

AS IT HAPPENED

Q1 – Hamilton and Russell begin on the entrance foot

After a soaked FP3 session – wherein Nicholas Latifi took high spot – qualifying acquired beneath approach in dry circumstances – with swathes of ashen clouds portray a foreboding background.

Max Verstappen went high 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 increasingly more rubber laid down, instances duly tumbled, and Verstappen improved to guide the brunt of Q1.

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


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Latifi entered Q1 having set the benchmark in FP3…

Fernando Alonso was beneath 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 high 10 cut up by 0.561s. Zhou Guanyu was simply behind his staff mate, protecting Kevin Magnussen at bay in P12. Sergio Perez was nameless in P13, with 14th-place Mick Schumacher after which 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 injury was fastened by the hard-working Aston Martin crew, together with Vettel himself – was dejected to complete 18th.

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

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


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Hamilton attached a lap for P1 in Q1

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

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

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

Ricciardo improved along with his ultimate effort to search out security in P8, Ocon simply off the McLaren in P9, and Bottas the final driver to make the top-10 shootout.

Though Perez’s lap was reinstated, he misplaced out on Q3 by 0.071s, and the Crimson Bull driver raged at visitors within the type of Magnussen (P13) in Sector 1 on his ultimate run. Between the Crimson Bull and the Haas was Zhou in P12, the rookie happy along 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

Trying to find ‘robust factors finishes’ says Sergio Perez in P10 for Hungarian GP

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 the very least three drivers within the race for pole place. Sainz set the early benchmark of 1m 17.505s, Russell going second – almost 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 left time on the desk and shot to the highest on his ultimate run with a time of 1m 17.421s. However 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. In the meantime Hamilton wasn’t glad as he settled for seventh, former staff mate Bottas going eighth.

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


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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 all people final evening was working so arduous. We didn’t actually know what course to go in after which that final lap, acquired spherical Flip 1, mega Flip 1, went spherical Flip 2, Flip 2 was mega, and the lap time simply saved on coming, saved on coming. I got here throughout the road, appeared throughout on 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 Crimson Bulls have all of it to do to get better when the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix will get beneath approach at 1500 native time on Sunday.

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