George Russell takes his first pole at the Hungarian GP ahead of Carlos Sainz

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George Russell takes his first pole at the Hungarian GP ahead of Carlos Sainz

They were promised hell on the Hungaroring. But nothing is impossible for Mercedes and George Russell. The English driver signed the first pole position of his career thanks to a stratospheric last lap (1’17”377). He thus came to frustrate a Carlos Sainz who thought he had done the hardest part by relegating Charles Leclerc to more than a tenth. But, for 44 thousandths, the Spaniard had to bow and settle for 2nd place.

It will therefore have been necessary to wait for the 13th Grand Prix of the season to see a single-seater other than a Red Bull or a Ferrari at the top of the time sheet on Saturday. If Russell managed the feat of beating the duo of the Scuderia, his teammate Lewis Hamilton is pushed back to seven tenths for a 7th place on the grid. He will find at his side two old acquaintances: Fernando Alonso, in front of him, who had defended his position dearly last year on the same circuit to allow Esteban Ocon to win and his former teammate Valtteri Bottas, behind.

Red Bull in the middle of the pack

After having animated the EL3, the rain was expected during the qualifications. We waited, waited, but she never came. And the big loser of the day is none other than the leader of the World Championship. Already 8th after his first attempt in Q3 after an offshore exit, the Dutchman complained of a power problem on his single-seater coming out of the pits and is content with a 10th place on the grid which does not do his business . He finally beat… his own teammate Sergio Perez in difficulty all day and eliminated in Q2. Tenth and 11th, these are positions that are not worthy of Red Bull standards.

Alpine laughs, AlphaTauri is disillusioned

With Esteban Ocon 5th and Fernando Alonso 6th, Alpine locked the third row on the starting grid. Just behind the surprising Lando Norris, very comfortable on a dry Hungaroring. Where he became an F1 winner last year, the Frenchman equals his best qualifying session of the season (Saudi Arabia).

Meanwhile, it’s not time to party at AlphaTauri. Pierre Gasly was waiting for the rain to perform, he finished 19th in EL3 and then in qualifying after seeing his time canceled for exceeding track limits. Yuki Tsunoda did a little better without going through Q1 with a 16th place on the grid.

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