Lewis Hamilton did all he might in qualifying to place himself in place to make Formula One historical past on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The six-time world champion took pole in Saturday’s session on the Hungaroring, edging out Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
It was his seventh pole at a observe the place he has beforehand gained on seven events, together with in three of the final 4 years.
Should Hamilton win Sunday’s race, he is not going to solely overtake Bottas within the drivers’ standings, but in addition equal Michael Schumacher’s file for the most victories at a single F1 circuit.
WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING
Hamilton set a lap file to carry off a decided Bottas by 0.107 seconds and take a 90th profession pole, with Mercedes streets forward of the opposite 18 drivers.
Racing Point impressed as Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez got here third and fourth respectively, although even they had been a second off Mercedes’ tempo, as Ferarri improved to lock out row three, with Sebastian Vettel pipping Charles Leclerc.
Red Bull struggled with Max Verstappen down in seventh and a annoyed Alex Albon – who criticised his group on radio – lacking out on Q3. He begins 13th, a spot behind Williams’ George Russell.
My 90th pole place! And my seventh pole place in Hungary Those qualifying laps felt nice. I’m centered as ever for tomorrow. Still feels unusual not having you guys there cheering us on however I hope you’re all staying protected. Sending you all constructive vibes #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/RGxcPXmuU0
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 18, 2020
THE STARTING GRID
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
3. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) 4. Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
5. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
7. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 8. Lando Norris (McLaren)
9. Carlos Sainz (McLaren) 10. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) 12. George Russell (Williams)
13. Alex Albon (Red Bull) 14. Esteban Ocon (Renault)
15. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 16. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
17. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) 18. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
19. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) 20. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX TALKING POINTS
Schumacher gained eight occasions in France, an F1 file Hamilton will hope to match at considered one of his favorite tracks in Hungary, particularly with Bottas sitting six factors away from him within the championship.
Both Mercedes drivers referenced the essential run as much as flip one of their post-qualifying remarks and it appears a collision between them or a mechanical challenge is the one hope the remainder of the sphere have of ending forward of the leaders, who’ve an enormous tempo benefit.
Racing Point are primed to push for a podium end as they begin on the second row with the extra sturdy medium tyres after a qualifying technique gamble paid off, whereas this observe seems to swimsuit Ferrari higher even when they’re nonetheless nicely wanting Mercedes.
Red Bull will hope higher race tempo can carry them after a irritating begin to the season continued in qualifying – a stark distinction to Verstappen’s first profession pole right here final yr. The Dutchman cited points with the highest pace and steadiness of the automotive after qualifying, saying the group had been nonetheless uncertain over the rationale for their shortcomings.
We tried quite a bit, however P7 in qualifying is a really disappointing outcome and not what we would like. Tomorrow through the race I’ll attempt to do one of the best I can to realize positions #KeepPushing #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/xHvWqAxomb
— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) July 18, 2020
WHAT THE DRIVERS SAID
Lewis Hamilton (pole): “I undoubtedly wasn’t anticipating [Red Bull] to be as off as they’ve been this weekend. You noticed the tempo of them final yr and that [1.4s to Verstappen] is a very massive hole. This just isn’t an influence circuit, that is extra in regards to the automotive, the mechanical grip and aero bundle. I believed they’d a greater bundle than the outcome confirmed.”
Valtteri Bottas (2nd): “It is going to be a little bit of a drag race into flip one between us [Bottas and Hamilton] so I sit up for that – the primary lap will certainly be fascinating. I’m the championship chief in the meanwhile, however I must win races to take care of that, so that’s the one objective I’ve Sunday and I’m totally centered on making it occur.”
Lance Stroll (third): “Everybody’s entitled to race on the market, so I hope we [me and Sergio Perez] get to race arduous. He begins fourth and is going to combat for the rostrum, I’m going to combat for the rostrum. I’m hoping we are able to have begin and race as it could be good to face on the rostrum once more, it has been two or three years since I final did that.”
Sergio Perez (4th): “I didnt really feel 100% bodily throughout qualifying, I used to be getting dizzy and that’s not nice. I must verify with my physio what’s going on however I ought to be ok for Sunday. I managed to get away with outcome, it was very messy, my qualifying – nonetheless, P4 is an effective race begin and it was an ideal outcome for the group. We will goal a whole lot of factors.”
Sebastian Vettel (fifth): “I feel it is significantly better than the earlier weekends. The first time each vehicles are in Q3. Austria did not actually swimsuit us, we misplaced a whole lot of time within the straights, and right here I feel there’s much more corners to make up for it. The automotive felt higher balanced as nicely so I feel we’re a lot nearer to the individuals, let’s say round us, just like the Racing Point, the Red Bull, even McLaren.”
Alex Albon (13th): “It was a little bit of every thing. Obviously I did not do an ideal lap as nicely [as issues with the car and being put out in traffic], however we had one other lap to repair it. It is a number of issues to be trustworthy, so we have to sit with the group, talk about it and simply be higher ready for the subsequent time. I used to be [happier with the car] in FP3, not a lot in qualifying. So we have to determine it out a bit higher.”
1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 43
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 37
3. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 26
4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) –18
5. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – 16
1. Mercedes – 80
2. McLaren – 39
3. Red Bull – 27
4. Racing Point – 22
5. Ferrari – 19
Published 19 Jul 2020, 00:24 IST