George Russell holt die Pole Position

GGeorge Russell surprisingly won qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday (3 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for Formula 1 and on Sky). The Mercedes driver clocked the fastest time of 1:17:377 minutes at the Hungaroring just outside Budapest on Saturday and will start from pole position for the first time in his career. Second was Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari, 0.04 seconds behind, followed by his teammate Charles Leclerc, 0.2 seconds off the best time.

“It’s an incredible feeling. We have to see where that came from,” Russell commented on his surprising result. “That last lap was awesome.” Lando Norris in the McLaren finished fourth ahead of Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon (5th) and Fernando Alonso (6th). World champion Max Verstappen had engine problems in the decisive qualifying phase and will only start from tenth place on Sunday. “I have no performance. Nothing works,” he radioed to his team shortly before the end.

Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin dropped out in the first qualifying phase and was 18th. The four-time world champion initially had to worry about being able to take part in the time hunt. During Saturday’s rainy practice, he lost control of his AMR22 and crashed into the tire barriers, but was unhurt. The mechanics were able to repair the car at the last minute. Vettel announced on Thursday that he would end his career at the end of the year.

Mick Schumacher, on the other hand, made it into the second phase and finished 15th in the Haas-Ferrari. “I’m not entirely happy with today. A lot can happen here, especially at the start,” said Schumacher, who was again slower than his teammate Kevin Magnussen (13th). Unlike Schumacher, however, the Dane drives the further developed version of the Haas racing car. In the team-internal qualification duel, the German is now 2:11 behind.


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