Hungarian GP 2022 - Qualifying: Flying Russell gets maiden pole, issues for Verstappen
George Russell gave his team the absolute thrill, scoring his first ever pole position, and Mercedes' first pole position for the 2022 season, around cloudy Hungary. With Verstappen not being able to talk back, the two Ferraris scored a 2-3 finish, as Carlos Sainz lead Charles Leclerc.
Rain never hit the track, despite the heavy, dark clouds that surrounded the track. All laps were completed with the soft compound, with the track having dried completely from FP3's rain.
Q1: Stellar performance by both Mercedes drivers, who got P1 and P2, with Lewis Hamilton ahead of George Russell. Eliminated in Q1: Yuki Tsunoda (P16), Alex Albon (P17), Sebastian Vettel (P18), Pierre Gasly (P19) and Nicholas Latifi (P20).
Q2: Sergio Perez wasn't able to get through to Q3, as his first lap was initially deleted, and then reinstalled, which resulted to him losing precious time. He then got blocked by Kevin Magnussen, losing time at the end of his lap. Eliminated Q2: Sergio Perez (P11), Zhou Guanyu (P12), Kevin Magnussen (P13), Lance Stroll (P14) and Mick Schumacher (P15).
Q3: Max Verstappen reported some engine issues, as he said he had no power, not being able to put in a decent lap, resulting him to finish in P10.
George Russell managed to score his first ever pole position "out of nowhere", as he said, followed by Carlos Sainz in P2 and Charles Leclerc in P3.
Lando Norris placed his McLaren in P4, followed by the two Alpines, with Esteban Ocon leading Fernando Alonso.
Lewis Hamilton, despite finishing on top in Q1, had DRS issues second his outing in Q3, so P7 was all he could get from his first run.
Completing the top 10, Valtteri Bottas in P8, Daniel Ricciardo in P9 and Max Verstappen in P10, who had a PU issue, and couldn't put in a decent lap, in order to rise higher up the timesheets.
Full Qualifying Classification: