Hungarian GP: Hamilton on pole as Mercedes crushes rivals

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1's 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Racing Point duo Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.

Hungarian GP: Hamilton on pole as Mercedes crushes rivals

Behind the four Mercedes-powered cars came Ferrari, which collected its best qualifying result of 2020 so far with fifth and sixth, as Red Bull could only manage seventh with Max Verstappen, while Alex Albon was knocked out in Q2.

Hamilton set the pace on the first runs in Q3 after both Mercedes and both Racing Point drivers had made it through to the final segment on the medium tyres, which they will all start Sunday's race on.

Bottas needed to close a 0.4s gap on the final laps and although he did improve, Hamilton did likewise and roared to his 90th career F1 pole with a 1m13.443s, with his teammate 0.107s adrift.

The works Mercedes were the only cars able to get under the 1m14s barrier, with Stroll third on a 1m14.377s.

Perez had his first run in Q3 deleted for a track limits infringement at the exit of Turn 4, but he slotted in fourth on his final lap.

Sebastian Vettel beat Charles Leclerc to fifth, with the Ferraris set to be the first of the top 10 runners to start the race on the soft rubber.

It is the first time in 2020 that both Ferraris have made it through to Q3.

Verstappen ended up seventh, almost 1.5 seconds down on Hamilton's best time, after complaining about the handling of his RB16 in the medium-speed corners.

McLaren duo Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz took eighth and ninth, with AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly rounding out the top 10.

Sainz was investigated for impeding Antonio Giovinazzi at the chicane in Q1 when the Alfa Romeo driver was on a flying lap, but the stewards took no further action.

Although Sainz passed two marshals posts displaying blue flags, there was no blue light panel and the stewards accepted he could not see the first blue flag and did not have enough time to react to the second blue flag due to his position on the track.

Gasly, who missed all of FP1 with an engine issue, complained of power problems in both of the opening segments, but did not set a time in Q3 after suggesting his power unit would not be able to go further in qualifying as he completed his final run in Q2.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified 11th, unable to beat his first run in Q2 set on the mediums after he switched to the softs, but the Renault driver will nevertheless have free choice of starting rubber for the race.

George Russell was delighted to make it in Q2 for the second race in a row and he equalled his best qualifying result with P12 – the same place he qualified at last weekend's Styrian GP – ahead of the second Red Bull of Alex Albon.

After complaining about the balance of his car throughout practice and qualifying, Albon ended up in 13th, 0.207s behind Gasly's cutoff time in the second segment, and criticising his team after encountering traffic on his final Q2 lap.

Like Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon tried the mediums early on Q2 and although he improved his personal best after switching to the softs he will start 14th and ahead of Nicholas Latifi.

In Q1, Latifi had made it through to make it two Williams cars into the second stage of qualifying for the first time since the 2018 Italian GP, as Kevin Magnussen and Daniil Kvyat could not improve enough in the final laps, which were characterised by significant track evolution and tumbling times that meant all drivers went for a final effort.

Haas driver Magnussen ended up P16, with the AlphaTauri just behind, while Romain Grosjean qualified 18th in the second Haas.

The Alfa Romeo drivers will start last – with all four Ferrari customer cars knocked out in Q1 – with Antonio Giovinazzi ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Giovinazzi lost a time early in Q1 – which was topped by Perez and Stroll – for a track limits infraction at Turn 4, the fast left-hand kink at the start of the second sector.

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'13.447  
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1'13.554 0.107
3 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point 1'14.377 0.930
4 Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point 1'14.545 1.098
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1'14.774 1.327
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1'14.817 1.370
7 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 1'14.849 1.402
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 1'14.966 1.519
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1'15.027 1.580
10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri    
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1'15.661 2.214
12 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 1'15.698 2.251
13 Thailand Alex Albon Red Bull 1'15.715 2.268
14 France Esteban Ocon Renault 1'15.742 2.295
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 1'16.544 3.097
16 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 1'16.152 2.705
17 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 1'16.204 2.757
18 France Romain Grosjean Haas 1'16.407 2.960
19 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1'16.506 3.059
20 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1'16.614 3.167

 

 

 

shares
comments
Rivals upset Racing Point, AlphaTauri get 'free' 2021 upgrades
Previous article

Rivals upset Racing Point, AlphaTauri get 'free' 2021 upgrades

Next article

Albon "made to look like an idiot" in Hungary, says Russell

Albon "made to look like an idiot" in Hungary, says Russell
Load comments
The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes Prime

The factors that could negate Red Bull's practice gap to Mercedes

Mercedes led the way in practice for Formula 1’s first race in Jeddah, where Red Bull was off the pace on both single-lap and long runs. But, if Max Verstappen can reverse the results on Saturday, factors familiar in motorsport’s main electric single-seater category could be decisive in another close battle with Lewis Hamilton...

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer Prime

Why Norris doesn’t expect Mr Nice Guy praise for much longer

Earning praise from rivals has been a welcome sign that Lando Norris is becoming established among Formula 1's elite. But the McLaren driver is confident that his team's upward curve can put him in the mix to contend for titles in the future, when he's hoping the compliments will be replaced by being deemed an equal adversary

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention Prime

What Ferrari still needs to improve to return to F1 title contention

After a disastrous 2020 in which it slumped to sixth in the F1 constructors' standings, Ferrari has rebounded strongly and is on course to finish third - despite regulations that forced it to carryover much of its forgettable SF1000 machine. Yet while it can be pleased with its improvement, there are still steps it must make if 2022 is to yield a return to winning ways

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2021
How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations Prime

How F1 teams and personnel react in pressurised situations

OPINION: The pressure is firmly on Red Bull and Mercedes as Formula 1 2021 embarks on its final double-header. How the respective teams deal with that will be a crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the drivers' and constructors' championships, as Motorsport.com's technical consultant and ex-McLaren F1 engineer Tim Wright explains.

Formula 1
Dec 1, 2021
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021