LEWIS HAMILTON is on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix after a stunning performance in qualifying.
The Brit star notched the 90th pole of his career following a Hungaroring track record, while Mercedes team-mate Valterri Bottas had to settle for second and Lance Stroll in third.
- 1) Hamilton 2) Bottas 3) Stroll
- Lewis Hamilton closes in on Schumacher record of eight wins at one track, set at Magny Cours.
- Mercedes lock out front row, Racing Point second row, Ferrari third row.
- Race: 2.10pm (Sun)
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CONGRATS FROM THE BOSS
FIA chief Jean Todt sends his best wishes to Lewis Hamilton after his latest pole.
Sergio Perez has admitted to feeling unwell during qualifying as he put his car on P4.
He said: “Good result for the team. Everything happened to me in qualifying.
“I was not physically well. I suffered a bit of dizziness somewhere in the circuit with pain in my neck.
“We have a good race pace for tomorrow.”
GIO CHECK IT OUT
Carlos Sainz may be in trouble with the stewards – after Antonio Giovinazzi complained of the McLaren ace impeding him at Turn 6 in Q1.
That will be looked at in the coming hours.
90 AND COUNTING
What a drive from Lewis, who is delighted after bagging the 90th poll of his career.
“I have to pinch myself [at reaching 90 poles]. It's quite humbling and I have a lot of people to thank.
“Valtteri never makes it easy!”
LEWIS HAMILTON IS ON POLE FOR THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Unstoppable performance from Hamilton who is 0.107sec ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Lance Stroll will line up in third place. Sergio Perez will be fourth.
FOUR MINUTES TO GO
Ferrari, everyone's favourite mid-table team, currently 2 seconds off Hamilton's pace.
Take nothing away from Merc, but this is painful viewing.
HAMILTON TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE
Crikey. Hamilton crossed the line a whole 1.058sec quicker than Stroll, who was second-quickest but has now been bumped down to third. Bottas is second.
TOP 10 SHOOT OUT IS GO
Here we go…can ANYONE challenge the Mercedes duo for pole?
I'm going to make a prediction and say.
ALBON IS OUT IN Q2
That is a big blow for the London-born Thai racer. He was not comfortable with the car and was released into traffic.
He's not happy, neither will Red Bull with that result. He was only 13th quickest and starts BEHIND George Russell.
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon are also out in Q2.
BIG CASUALTY FROM Q2?
Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc could be in trouble here.
30 seconds on the clock and in the bottom 5.
NEW TRACK RECORD
Lewis Hamilton sets a new track record for the Hungaroring.
Using the medium tyre. That is a quite something, considering his nearest rivals were on softs and could not even get close.
THE TYRE GAMBLE
Q2 and the decision is what tyre you go on, for this is the one you could end up starting on for Sunday's race.
The teams further down the grid pick the softest tyre, the one with the red band. It's quicker, sticker but less durable. Ideal for a flying lap.
The ones at the top, are going for mediums, yellow band. They are marginally slower but more durable.
Q2 IS GO
And the first car out is the Williams of George Russell. The Brit cannot get enough at the moment.
Under contract with Williams until the end of 2021 but is on loan from Mercedes.
LONG TIME COMING
Italy 2018 was the last time both Williams cars made it in to Q2.
Back then, both drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, scored points.
DELIGHT FROM WILLIAMS
FLAG IS OUT
Booted out are Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Grosjean, Kyvat and Magnussen.
Both Williams are through. What an effort from that team. Sensational.
Looking at who is at risk, the bottom five are Giovinazzi, Magnussen, Raikkonen, Albon and Grosjean.
No Williams drivers.
One minute to go.
RED BULL IN REVERSE
What has happened to Red Bull? They looked good in Austria with a 3-4 finish.
This track has historically suited them, but so far they have been off the pace.
Verstappen is down in seventh. Albon in 15th.
This is a huge blow for the team many pick as Merc's only real threat.
I don't need to type this do I?
Mercedes 1-2 at the moment. Hamilton then Bottas.
Racing Point 3-4. Stroll and Perez.
Then Charles Leclerc in his Ferrari.
GO GO GO
Q1 is underway and it would be a good idea to get those laps in early, given the threat of rain.
In terms of shocks from this session. I can see Williams' George Russell making it in to Q2.
UPDATE FROM THE HUNGARORING
It's not raining…yet. It's still very dark overhead an the risk of rain is listed as 90 percent.
We have eight minutes until Q1.
COUNTDOWN TO QUALY
Just half an hour to go until the start of qualifying.
A quick look at the speed trap in FP3 shines a light on those with outright pace ahead of the session.
Pierre Gasly led the way at 323 km/h, ahead of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez in the Racing Points.
The top-six is completed by the two Haas cars and Gasly's Alpha Tauri teammate Daniil Kvyat.
Down the other end is Nicolas Latifi in the Williams at 301 km/h, with the Ferrari pair also in the bottom-three.
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