Hungarian GP: Verstappen beats Bottas to grab maiden F1 pole
Max Verstappen claimed his first Formula 1 pole position at the 93rd attempt in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver took control on the first runs in Q3 with a lap of 1m14.958s, which put him 0.178s ahead of the lead Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.
While Bottas was able to eclipse Verstappen's time at the second attempt, Verstappen then banged in a 1m14.572s to clinch pole position by just 0.018s thanks to his pace in the final sector.
Lewis Hamilton was two tenths off the pace in third place ahead of the lead Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, who survived spinning backwards into the barrier at the last corner during Q1 to earn fourth.
All of the top six will start Sunday's race using medium Pirellis having used that tyre to set their time in Q2.
Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was bumped to 11th place and quickest of those eliminated in Q2 by Raikkonen's late lap – missing out by less than half-a-tenth.
Antonio Giovinazzi was 14th for Alfa Romeo having also failed to find time at the second attempt, putting him ahead of Kevin Magnussen in the latest-specification Haas, who was unable to repeat his strong Q1 pace in Q2.
Giovinazzi also faces the threat of a grid penalty for impeding Lance Stroll's Racing Point at Turn 5, with stewards investigating the incident after the session.
George Russell missed out on a first appearance in Q2 by just 0.053s having been in the top 15 until the last moment in the first segment of qualifying.
Russell had made sure of clear track for his final run by making his attempt just before the rest started their laps, temporarily climbing as high as eighth.
But he was shuffled down the order as others completed their final laps, with Hulkenberg the final driver to get ahead and push him into the Q1 drop-zone.
Ricciardo was caught in a gaggle of traffic at the last corner ahead of the start of his lap and attempted to find clear air by going around Perez before having to back out of it when the Racing Point driver was unwilling to let him go.
Stroll was 19th in the second Racing Point, eight tenths faster than Williams driver Robert Kubica.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1'14.572|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1'15.450||0.878|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1'15.852||1.280|
|10||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1'16.041||1.469|
|12||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||1'16.687||2.115|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1'16.692||2.120|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1'16.804||2.232|
|17||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1'17.109||2.537|
|19||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1'17.542||2.970|
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