Hungarian GP: Hamilton secures 101st pole position in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton takes his 101st pole position in Hungary with a fastest qualifying time of 1m15.419s, just ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Behind him was his teammate Valtteri Bottas who finished second to take a Mercedes 1-2 on the starting grid tomorrow.

Following the Mercedes-AMG cars was the Red Bull of Max Verstappen who crossed the line in third.

Sergio Perez could do no more as he finished Q3 in fourth position after missing the chequered flag to complete his final lap.

Carlos Sainz was having a good run until a wind-induced crash deployed the second red flag of the day putting him out in Q2 and leaving him in 15th position for tomorrow’s starting grid.

Although enduring a huge impact with the wall, the Ferrari’s engine continued to run giving hope that the engineers can pull the car together to give Sainz a good run tomorrow.

Following Perez was Pierre Gasly in fifth, Lando Norris in sixth, and Charles Leclerc in seventh.

The two Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso finished in eighth and ninth whilst Sebastian Vettel rounded off the top ten.

Daniel Ricciardo had a very average day as he struggled to make it into the top-10 finishing 11th, half a second behind his teammate Norris.

Lance Stroll followed, with Kimi Raikkonen and his Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi behind.

Behind Sainz was Yuki Tsunoda, who needed a big run to make up for the lackluster performance of this morning’s practice but couldn’t quite deliver, finishing in 16th.

Disappointment for George Russell too as he was knocked out in Q1 for the first time this season putting him 17th on the grid.

Nicholas Latifi and Nikita Mazepin were also knocked out in Q1 leaving them to start tomorrow’s race in 18th and 19th.

The damage to Mick Schumacher’s car that was obtained in FP3 beat the efforts of the Haas engineers meaning Schumacher did not make an appearance in Qualifying.

Consequently, this leaves the Haas driver in 20th position for tomorrow’s starting grid.