Russel takes stunning pole for Hungarian GP

2022 Hungary Grand Prix, Friday - Steve Etherington

The rain pounded the Hungaroring early on Saturday but when it came to setting the grid for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, the clouds parted, the track dried out and George Russell pulled a rabbit out of the Mercedes hat to stun Ferrari for pole position.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was eliminated in Q2 and Max Verstappen had a power issue with his engine for his final run meaning he couldn’t make an honest run for pole so this left Max and Sergio starting 10th and 11th respectively. Ferrari saw an opportunity to pounce.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc struggled with his tires all Friday and Saturday and it looked as if his teammate, Carlos Sainz, was going to claim pole on their final runs but at the very last minute, George Russell threw down a stunner of a lap and nipped pole from the Scarlet Italian cars.

Where that pace came from deep inside the Mercedes garage is unclear as the team looked to be struggling with pace on Friday but George and his engineers found it and delivered the goods. The big question now is, do they have the outright pace and long-run pace to keep the Ferrari’s behind him?

Hungarian GP Qualifying Results:

1George RussellMercedes1m18.407s1m18.154s1m17.377s
2Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari1m18.434s1m17.946s1m17.421s
3Charles LeclercFerrari1m18.806s1m17.768s1m17.567s
4Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes1m18.653s1m18.121s1m17.769s
5Esteban OconAlpine-Renault1m18.866s1m18.216s1m18.018s
6Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault1m18.716s1m17.904s1m18.078s
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m18.374s1m18.035s1m18.142s
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m18.935s1m18.445s1m18.157s
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes1m18.775s1m18.198s1m18.379s
10Max VerstappenRed Bull1m18.509s1m17.703s1m18.823s
11Sergio PérezRed Bull1m19.118s1m18.516s
12Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari1m18.973s1m18.573s
13Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1m18.993s1m18.825s
14Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes1m19.205s1m19.137s
15Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari1m19.164s1m19.202s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m19.24s
17Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m19.256s
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes1m19.273s
19Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull1m19.527s
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes1m19.57s
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Let’s hope Ferrari doesn’t balls this opportunity up.

Lars Nielsen

Well – about that…