F1 – Hungarian GP – Qualifying
Szia MiniFans and welcome back to the Hungaroring! The weather forecasts look sunny and bright around here, nothing like last Sunday! Are you ready for the last qualifying before the summer break? Let’s go!
Stroll and the two Williams drivers were the first ones to go out on track for their flying lap. Russell was a whopping 7 tenths quicker than Stroll and made teamboss Claire Williams smile like a Cheshire cat. She was given hope again after another horrible first half of the season for her team. Verstappen was the one who drove the fastest lap of Q1, right in front of Leclerc and Bottas. However, Leclerc had some oversteer in the last corner of another flying lap and bumped with his rear left tyre and his rear wing into the barrier. It was a hassle in his garage to get it fixed before Q2.
Also good to mention is that there was only 9 tenths between P1 and P10! F1 is pretty tight again this year! Russell improved his time even more, but it wasn’t enough to make it to Q2. We went to the second part of qualifying without Russell, Perez, Ricciardo, Stroll and Kubica.
At the beginning of Q2, we had Hamilton on P1 with Verstappen breathing in his neck. The Dutchman was only 0.025 seconds slower than the Brit and was sandwiched between the two Silber Pfeilen, followed by the two Ferraris. This didn’t change anymore during the rest of the 15 minutes, although Verstappen tried to be the fastest again. His last lap of Q2 started off well with two very quick purple sectors, but he messed up the last one and wasn’t able to beat Hamilton at last. We had to leave Hulkenberg, Albon, Kvyat, Giovinazzi and Magnussen behind.
Twelve minutes on the clock and it’s time for Q3! Some people had high hopes for Verstappen to take his first pole in F1, but the question is if he could beat Mercedes. The Orange Army will build a party anyways, like they do at every race. Vettel set the fastest sector time in the first sector, Verstappen in the second. Ferrari seemed to be back in the battle for pole position, though the Dutchies got wild when Verstappen topped the charts with 0.178 seconds to Bottas!
Two minutes to go and everyone starts to go out again. This was the moment on which everything could be turned around agian. Tension was tremendously high in the Red Bull garage. Everyone crosses their fingers, but was it be enough to grab the pole position? Leclerc drove a best time in the first sector, while Bottas took it in the second. Anyone of the three top teams could have taken the pole at this point, but who did in the end?
Max Verstappen took pole position in Hungry, the first one of his carreer, followed by Bottas and Hamilton. Leclerc completes the second row, followed by Vettel, Gasly, Norris, Sainz, Grosjean and Raikkonen.
Will Verstappen be able to hold his position at the start tomorrow? Stay tuned!