Qualifying for the Hungarian GP – Russell ahead of Ferrari drivers on pole – Red Bull disappointed – Sport


Targeting victory

George Russell.

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  • George Russell takes pole position at the Hungarian GP ahead of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
  • Max Verstappen (10th) and Sergio Perez (11th) complain about inability and bad luck.
  • With grid positions 8 and 12, Alfa Romeo can hope for points.

George Russell showed it to everyone very late. On the last lap, the Mercedes driver surprisingly drove another 44 thousandths faster than Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, who was only able to start from second place. The current World Cup runner-up and Sainz teammate Charles Leclerc will start from 3rd place.

In view of the fact that Ferrari was traded high before qualifying at the Hungaroring because of good training performance, Leclerc should not be completely satisfied. Since world championship leader Max Verstappen only starts from 10th place, the starting position may have put a small smile on his face.

No love affair: Red Bull and the Hungaroring

The Dutchman in the Red Bull drove well in Q1 and Q2. But when it came to pole position, Verstappen first complained that he had no grip and later that he lacked the power. Changing the settings of the car didn’t change anything, a cursing Verstappen ended up in the disappointing 10th place.

It was even worse for his team-mate: Sergio Perez was hampered by Kevin Magnussen on his final lap in Q2, dropping important tenths and finishing eleventh. It’s another chapter in Perez’s troubled relationship with the Hungarian GP: he’s competed 12 times, but never got better than 7th place.

Alfa Romeo fighting for points after 3 unsuccessful races

The two Alfa Romeo drivers Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou will fight for their first points since mid-June and the Canadian GP in the race in the Budapest suburb of Mogyorod. Bottas (8th) has very good cards, Zhou (12th) lurks behind.

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