George Russell secured pole position at the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.
The Mercedes driver set a best time of 1:17.377 minutes, beating the two Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
Lando Norris (McLaren) was fourth, ahead of Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso (both Alpine), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who was on his last lap had “no power”.
Why did Sebastian Vettel retire in Q1?
After his departure due to a driver error in the third free practice session, Vettel’s pit crew had to work flat out to get the Aston Martin up and running for qualifying. Among other things, a new gearbox was installed (without penalty). However, Vettel was able to go out on track in Q1 as planned.
Ultimately, he finished 18th in Q1. It was just a tenth of a second behind the saving 15th place of his teammate Lance Stroll. “Oh no!” Vettel could hardly believe his departure in a first reaction on the pit radio.
With him, the two AlphaTauris and the two Williams were eliminated in Q1. Pierre Gasly’s time should have been enough, but was canceled due to track limits in turn 5. Nicholas Latifi, who was sensationally fastest in the final practice session, had set the absolute best time again in the first sector, but threw away his last lap with a mistake in the last corner.
How far did Mick Schumacher get?
Until Q2. However, that was the end of the line. On his final lap, Schumacher managed to improve in the second and third sectors, but not in the first sector. That was not enough. Ultimately he was 15th and last in the second segment. Almost eight tenths of a second were missing from the cut (Ricciardo). On Magnussen in the only update Haas four.
Also retiring with Schumacher was Sergio Perez (Red Bull), whose first fast lap was first canceled due to track limits at Turn 5, but then restored because race officials had made a mistake. Then on the second lap he was stopped by Magnussen.
“We had hoped for rain,” says Schumacher. “It was fun in the rain, the car felt good. We knew it would be difficult when it’s dry. We made some changes yesterday, some of which were good, some not. So we’re not happy with today. “
Twelfth was Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo) ahead of Magnussen, Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Schumacher.