Hamilton will start ahead of Red Bull teammate Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen after the hour-long qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 ahead of the top 10 penalty shootout. Q3.
Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton on pole ahead of Bottas
What happened in the first trimester?
Bottas set the initial benchmark at 1m16.610s, which was quickly beaten by Hamilton at 1m16.424s and then Verstappen at 1m16.214s, which saw him overtake the Mercedes duo by two tenths.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr finished fourth but could be in trouble for hampering Turn 1 after his team sent him through fast traffic.
At the first obstacle, Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri, the Williams duo George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, and the Haases of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, the latter having failed to chase after his big crash in FP3.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Hungarian Grand Prix Q1 results: Hamilton’s fastest Verstappen
What happened in the second trimester?
In Q2, the pole position hunters used medium tires for their first runs. Hamilton produced 1m16.553s, a time Verstappen could not tie by two tenths. Bottas finished third, ahead of second Red Bull from Sergio Perez.
Those looking for a place in Q3 on soft tires then stepped in, with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel taking third place ahead of Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri. Fernando Alonso was third for Alpine, just 0.3 seconds off the pace.
Charles Leclerc then took the P2 for Ferrari, seconds before his teammate Sainz lost control in the last corner and hit the wall of tires, causing a red flag.
When restarting, Verstappen abandoned his mediums for soft drinks, dropping the P1 time to 1m15.650s. McLaren’s Lando Norris jumped to P2, ahead of Gasly, Perez and Alonso. Hamilton was sixth, ahead of Leclerc and Bottas. Above all, the two Mercedes will start the race with medium tires.
At this point, McLarens Daniel Ricciardo (by 0.077s), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi and Sainz have been eliminated.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
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Hungarian Grand Prix Q2 results: Verstappen fastest, Sainz falls
What happened in the third trimester?
In the top 10 shots on goal, Verstappen set the bar in the opening heats at 1m15.984s with Bottas beating that with 1m15.734, then Hamilton taking provisional pole at 1m15.419s – over half a second on Verstappen in third, who was unhappy with the level of grip of this set of tires. Perez is fourth, ahead of Leclerc.
On the second heats, the track conditions seemed to be worse as only Verstappen improved to 1m15.840s, but that was not enough to move up from third place. Hamilton thus seizes pole with three tenths ahead of Bottas. Perez was fourth, but didn’t line up in time for his second run due to Hamilton delaying the Red Bulls on the final lap.
Gasly will start fifth, ahead of Norris, Leclerc, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Alonso and Vettel.