For the first time since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021, Lewis Hamilton has secured pole position for the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix, scheduled on Sunday, 23 July at 14:00 BST. The event will be held at Hungaroring, with live text and online-only radio commentary available through the Sport News Center website and app.
During the qualifying round for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton emerged victorious against Max Verstappen, marking his first pole position since the second last race of 2021. Hamilton’s final lap snatched the pole position from the reigning world champion by a mere 0.003 seconds.
Lando Norris, closely followed by his teammate Oscar Piastri, secured the second row for McLaren. Zhou Guanyu of Alfa Romeo left an impression with a fifth-place finish, preceding Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Verstappen’s partner, Sergio Perez, made it to the top 10 for the first time in six races. Despite being slower than Verstappen by 0.433secs, Perez’s ninth-place finish hardly alleviates the increasing pressure on him.
Zhou’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished seventh, while Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin came in eighth, confirming his team’s recent slump against improved competition. The top 10 concluded with Nico Hulkenberg from Haas. Daniel Ricciardo, on his Formula 1 return with Alpha Tauri, managed a respectable 13th place, outpacing his teammate Yuki Tsunoda.
In contrast, Mercedes’ George Russell faced traffic challenges in his final Q1 run, resulting in an 18th position start.
Hamilton expressed his excitement over his successful ‘epic’ pole acquisition at the Hungarian GP, describing the past year as incredibly challenging due to the introduction of new regulations in 2022.
Verstappen acknowledged the effectiveness of Red Bull’s recent upgrades but admitted the team hasn’t quite hit the mark this weekend. Norris, who was just 0.085secs behind Hamilton, expressed disappointment as he felt he could have done better.
For Mercedes, the day saw mixed results. Despite Hamilton’s success, Russell failed to progress past the first knock-out session. Similarly, Ferrari faced a setback when Leclerc ousted teammate Carlos Sainz, leaving the latter in 11th place.
Focus was also on Red Bull’s decision to bring back Ricciardo to the grid with Alpha Tauri, replacing Nyck de Vries following a disappointing career start. Ricciardo showed steady improvement, earning Alpha Tauri’s best grid position since Monaco.
The event concludes with the news that the Hungarian Grand Prix will continue at Hungaroring until at least 2032, following the signing of a new contract.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hungarian Grand Prix
Who secured the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, marking his first pole position since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021.
Who did Lewis Hamilton beat to achieve the pole position?
Lewis Hamilton outperformed Max Verstappen during the qualifying round to secure the pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Who managed to secure the second row for the Hungarian Grand Prix?
Lando Norris, followed by his teammate Oscar Piastri, secured the second row for McLaren at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
How did Mercedes’ George Russell fare in the qualifiers?
George Russell, Lewis Hamilton’s teammate at Mercedes, will start 18th after being impeded by traffic during his final Q1 run.
What decision was made regarding the future of the Hungarian Grand Prix?
A new contract has been signed ensuring the continuation of the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring until at least 2032.