Grand Prix of Hungary – Qualifying


Thanks to a post-race penalty for the Alfa Romeo pair (RAI, GIO), HAM was moved up to P9 and KUB to P10 to make the points-paying results from Germany: VER, VET, KVY, STR, SAI, ALB, GRO, MAG, HAM, KUB with only 3 more cars making it to the end of the race (RAI, GIO, RUS). So the quick update to the points standings (which I last posted after the British GP) is that HAM is on 225 points, BOT 184, VER 162, VET 141, and LEC 120; Mercedes’ total is 409, Ferrari 261 and Red Bull 217.

Free Practice:

  1. FP1: HAM (1:17.233), VER, VET, GAS, MAG
    KVY was sent out of the Toro Rosso garage with the heat shield still attached to his rear wing
    GIO misjudged his turn and had to be pushed back a little in order to join the pit lane without hitting the pit wall
    VER spun twice in the rain
    BOT ended his session without setting a time when the team detected a misfire and decided they needed to make some engine changes
  2. FP2: GAS (1:17.854), VER, HAM, BOT, RIC
    ALB touched the grass, lost the rear end of his Toro Rosso, spun into the tyre wall and brought out the red flags while they cleared his car
    More rain so the drivers had another chance to run on intermediate tyres
  3. FP3: HAM (1:16.084), VER, VET, BOT, LEC
    The session was shortened to 50mins due to a late start caused by the clean up of oil after an engine failure in the support (F2) race
    BOT was surprised as he rushed up behind a slow-moving PER

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
Racing Point send out STR just as the lights turn green
STR 1:18.688
RUS 1:18.143
ALB 1:17.626
KVY 1:17.600
RAI 1:17.131
VET 1:16.581 but he was quite wide in the final turn
LEC 1:16.337
(BOT P2)
(HAM P3)
VER 1:15.817
Everyone on soft tyres
LEC spins in the final turn, bashes the rear end into the tyre wall; he’s passed the pit entrance so he’ll have to do almost a full lap before he can get it looked at
(VET P3)
5mins left of Q1; bottom 5 are KVY, GIO, STR, GRO, KUB
(BOT P2)
GRO P8, bumping ALB to P16
Radio from MAG complaining KVY didn’t get out of his way
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are: ALB, KVY, GIO, STR, KUB
RUS P9, MAG P16
ALB P8, SAI P16
KUB P20
SAI P6, PER P16
STR P18
MAG P3, RIC P16
PER P16
RIC P18
HUL P12, RUS P16
Back of the grid: RUS, PER, RIC, STR, KUB
Incident involving GIO (for impeding STR) under investigation

Qualifying session 2
Looks like the front runners (at least) are going out on medium compound tyres
BOT 1:15.669
HAM 1:15.548
(VER P2)
(VET P4)
(LEC P4)
5mins left of Q2; bottom 5: ALB, KVY, GIO, MAG, RAI
MAG released right in front of HAM; HAM had to swerve around the Haas
All 15 cars on track
Chequered flag; bottom 5: ALB, KVY, GIO, MAG, RAI
GIO P13
ALB P11
RAI P10, HUL P11
MAG P15
HUL P11
Middle of the grid: HUL, ALB, KVY, GIO, MAG

Qualifying session 3
Top 10 shootout is between HAM, VER, BOT, LEC, VET, NOR, SAI, GRO, GAS and RAI
HAM 1:15.146
RAI P2
BOT 1:15.136
SAI P3
NOR P3
GAS P3
VER 1:14.958
VET P4
LEC P5
GRO P10
Order after first run: VER, BOT, HAM, VET, LEC, GAS, NOR, SAI, RAI, GRO
2mins left; everyone heading out of the pits; VET will be the last to start his flying lap
RAI P9
Chequered flag
SAI P8
GAS P6
LEC P2
VER 1:14.572
BOT P2
HAM P3
VET P5
Front of the grid: VER, BOT, HAM, LEC, VET, GAS, NOR, SAI, GRO, RAI

VER is the 100th different pole sitter

Provisional grid: VER, BOT, HAM, LEC, VET, GAS, NOR, SAI, GRO, RAI, HUL, ALB, KVY, GIO*, MAG, RUS, PER, RIC, STR, KUB
*Incident involving GIO (for impeding STR) is under investigation