Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton takes Hungary F1 pole

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring – the 11th round of the 2021 F1 World Championship season.

Hamilton will start ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen after the one-hour qualifying session, which is split into three segments with five cars each being knocked out in Q1 and Q2 before the top-10 shootout of Q3.

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Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying results: Hamilton on pole from Bottas

Cla Driver Time Gap km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
1'15.419 209.119
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
1'15.734 0.315 208.249
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
1'15.840 0.421 207.958
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
1'16.421 1.002 206.377
5 France Pierre Gasly
1'16.483 1.064 206.210
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris
1'16.489 1.070 206.194
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc
1'16.496 1.077 206.175
8 France Esteban Ocon
1'16.653 1.234 205.753
9 Spain Fernando Alonso
1'16.715 1.296 205.586
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
1'16.750 1.331 205.493
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
1'16.871 1.452 205.169
12 Canada Lance Stroll
1'16.893 1.474 205.110
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
1'17.564 2.145 203.336
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
1'17.583 2.164 203.286
15 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
16 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
1'17.919 2.500 202.410
17 United Kingdom George Russell
1'17.944 2.525 202.345
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
1'18.036 2.617 202.106
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
1'18.922 3.503 199.837
20 Germany Mick Schumacher

What happened in Q1?

Bottas set the initial benchmark at 1m16.610s, which was quickly beaten by Hamilton with 1m16.424s and then Verstappen on 1m16.214s, which put him two tenths clear of the Mercedes duo.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz was fourth fastest but could be in trouble for impeding at Turn 1 after his team sent him out into some fast-lap traffic. 

Falling at the first hurdle were AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, Williams duo George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, and the Haases of Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher, the latter failing to run after his big crash in FP3.

Hungarian Grand Prix Q1 results: Verstappen fastest from Hamilton

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 3 1'16.214 206.938
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 6 1'16.424 0.210 0.210 206.369
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 6 1'16.569 0.355 0.145 205.978
4 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 3 1'16.649 0.435 0.080 205.763
5 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 3 1'16.874 0.660 0.225 205.161
6 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 6 1'17.038 0.824 0.164 204.724
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 5 1'17.081 0.867 0.043 204.610
8 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 5 1'17.084 0.870 0.003 204.602
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 6 1'17.105 0.891 0.021 204.547
10 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 3 1'17.123 0.909 0.018 204.499
11 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 5 1'17.233 1.019 0.110 204.208
12 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 3 1'17.367 1.153 0.134 203.854
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 9 1'17.553 1.339 0.186 203.365
14 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 7 1'17.664 1.450 0.111 203.074
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 9 1'17.776 1.562 0.112 202.782
16 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
AlphaTauri 8 1'17.919 1.705 0.143 202.410
17 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 8 1'17.944 1.730 0.025 202.345
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 8 1'18.036 1.822 0.092 202.106
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
Haas 9 1'18.922 2.708 0.886 199.837
20 Germany Mick Schumacher
Haas 0

What happened in Q2?

In Q2, the pole position hunters used medium tyres on their first runs. Hamilton produced 1m16.553s, a time that Verstappen couldn’t match by two tenths. Bottas was third, ahead of the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez.

Those seeking a spot in Q3 on soft tyres then intervened, with Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel going third ahead of Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri. Fernando Alonso went third for Alpine, just 0.3s off the pace.

Charles Leclerc then took P2 for Ferrari, seconds before teammate Sainz lost control at the final corner and slammed into the tyrewall, causing a red flag.

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At the restart, Verstappen ditched his mediums for softs, dropping the P1 time to 1m15.650s. McLaren’s Lando Norris jumped up to P2, ahead of Gasly, Perez and Alonso. Hamilton was sixth, ahead of Leclerc and Bottas – crucially, both Mercedes will start the race on medium tyres.

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Knocked out at this point were McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo (by 0.077s), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, and Sainz.

Hungarian Grand Prix Q2 results: Verstappen fastest, Sainz crashes

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 8 1'15.650 208.481
2 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 6 1'16.385 0.735 0.735 206.475
3 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 6 1'16.394 0.744 0.009 206.450
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 6 1'16.443 0.793 0.049 206.318
5 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 6 1'16.541 0.891 0.098 206.054
6 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 6 1'16.553 0.903 0.012 206.021
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 6 1'16.574 0.924 0.021 205.965
8 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 6 1'16.702 1.052 0.128 205.621
9 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 6 1'16.766 1.116 0.064 205.450
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 6 1'16.794 1.144 0.028 205.375
11 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren 6 1'16.871 1.221 0.077 205.169
12 Canada Lance Stroll
Aston Martin 6 1'16.893 1.243 0.022 205.110
13 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 6 1'17.564 1.914 0.671 203.336
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 3 1'17.583 1.933 0.019 203.286
15 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
Ferrari 2

What happened in Q3?

In the top-10 shootout, Verstappen set the bar in the first runs at 1m15.984s with Bottas beating that with 1m15.734, and then Hamilton taking provisional pole at 1m15.419s – over half a second up on Verstappen in third, who was unhappy with the level of grip on this set of tyres. Perez was fourth, ahead of Leclerc.

On the second runs, track conditions appeared to be worse as only Verstappen improved to 1m15.840s, but that wasn’t enough to move up from third. Hamilton thus took pole by three tenths over Bottas. Perez was fourth, but didn’t make line in time for his second run due to Hamilton holding up the Red Bulls on the out lap.

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Gasly will start fifth, ahead of Norris, Leclerc, Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Alonso and Vettel.

Hungarian Grand Prix Q3 results: Hamilton takes pole

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 6 1'15.419 209.119
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 6 1'15.734 0.315 0.315 208.249
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 6 1'15.840 0.421 0.106 207.958
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
Red Bull 5 1'16.421 1.002 0.581 206.377
5 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 6 1'16.483 1.064 0.062 206.210
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 6 1'16.489 1.070 0.006 206.194
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 6 1'16.496 1.077 0.007 206.175
8 France Esteban Ocon
Alpine 6 1'16.653 1.234 0.157 205.753
9 Spain Fernando Alonso
Alpine 6 1'16.715 1.296 0.062 205.586
10 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin 3 1'16.750 1.331 0.035 205.493
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