British driver George Russell (Mercedes) took pole position in Hungary this Saturday, beating the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc in qualifying.
George Russell rejoices, Max Verstappen less: the Briton takes his first pole position in Formula 1 after qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, far ahead of the current championship leader the Dutchman but only 10th on the grid. Pohlman still can’t believe it:Yesterday was probably the toughest Friday of the whole season.“, he explains.”Come back in 24 hours and what’s it like to get the pole“.
Starting alongside Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari, George Russell also brings welcome success to Mercedes thanks to his first pole in F1. After a mixed start to the year for the reigning world champion team, he is now looking only for his first win of 2022. He escaped competition from Red Bull and Ferrari. Will this rod, which will surely give him a breath of fresh air, herald a return to the front lines? “I honestly don’t know because I have to see and figure out where this trick is coming from.’, softens Russell.
Let’s not forget that in Hungary, the Hungaroring is also the kingdom of another driver, Lewis Hamilton. But this year, things are not so easy for his seven-time world champion, who will start seventh on Sunday.
After heavy rain into the early afternoon, the dry track returned the second line to Monaco’s Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) on Saturday, ahead of Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) in third. Leclerc, who occupies provisional second place behind Verstappen in the championship, was hoping to take his eighth pole position of the season, but the Scuderia driver saw rivals Red Bull far from his single-seater. It’s reassuring to see. The Dutchman not only starts on row five, ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez in his 11th position. “I don’t know exactly what happened, but I came out of the pits (just before the end of qualifying, editor’s note) and the car had no power“Verstappen admitted and explained”Frustration“.
So far Verstappen and Leclerc are 63 out of 22 points apart. In fact, their duel risks not conducive to overtaking, risking being at the forefront again on the Hungaroring route. A duel that tastes especially like revenge for Monaco, which recognizes its heavy defeat in France last weekend after abandoning while leading the race.
To catch up with Verstappen before the summer break, and to upset him, he has to win on Sunday. “If we win all the races and he still comes second, we can still win“, I have already calculated the scuderia driver, I know this is a”very optimistic target“.
Frenchman Esteban Ocon’s Alpine, who took his first F1 career victory in Hungary in 2021, and Spaniard Fernando Alonso will start on the third row between the two powerhouses this season. Canada’s Nicholas Latifi (Williams) was author of the best time of the controversial final test on a wet track earlier in the afternoon, but was eliminated in the final after signing his worst qualifying time due to pilot error. He starts behind the other Frenchman on the grid, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), and is 19th after his best time was canceled in Q1.
Off the track, the Formula 1 promoter announced on Saturday morning that “drive outTo combat GP bystander abuse. In a post on social media, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali, FIA president Mohamed bin Mohammed bin his Sulayem and his 20 drivers on the grid “respectConsidered “after the act”unacceptableNumber of supporters who attended the Austrian Grand Prix in mid-July. Many messages on social networks reported sexist, racist and homophobic insults, especially among pilots and fans.