Vettel grabs pole position in Hungary
Sebastian Vettel won the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix what is his only second pole of the season. The Ferrari driver was the fastest during most of the session and now has a good opportunity to score another victory.
After four years Paul Di Resta got an opportunity to race in Formula 1. The British driver replaced Felipe Massa in Williams’ car after the Brazilian was feeling unwell and dizzy. On the other side, Nico Hulkenberg is poised to fall five places on the Hungaroring grid after being penalized for a gearbox change.
However, the Championship leader Sebastian Vettel was the fastest in the first qualifying round. The Ferrari driver set the time 1:17.244 what was only 0.022s better than Max Verstappen’s result. Di Resta failed to qualify for Q2, as well as his teammate Lance Stroll. The other who finished the session after Q1 were Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson, and Kevin Magnussen.
Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in Q2. In the final seconds of the round, the Mercedes driver set a lap time 1:16.693 what was 0.109s better than Vettel’s lap time. Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat, Esteban Ocon, and Jolyon Palmer were eliminated from the final shootout.
The last qualifying round was quite exciting. Both Mercedes drivers did somewhat below the expectations while Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen did exceptionally good and they will occupy the front row on Sunday, followed by Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton who will start from positions 3 and 4 respectively. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will start from the third row with McLaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne behind them.
The Formula 1 World Championship Hungarian Grand Prix starts Sunday 14.00 CET.