Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position in the Hungarian Grand Prix edging out teammate Valtteri Bottas as both Mercedez steered clear of their rivals. Racing point secured the second row of the grid with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez finishing 3rd and 4th respectively. Mercedez who have looked way better than the competition this weekend dominated yet again with Q3 turning out to be a shootout between Hamilton and Bottas. Bottas improved his timing in his last lap but it wasn’t enough to better Hamilton’s time who helped himself to the 90th pole position of his career.
“Valtteri doesn’t make it easy for me at all so it requires absolute perfection when doing laps and qualifying like that is one of the things I enjoy most,” said Hamilton. Meanwhile, Ferrari secured their best result of qualifying this season, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc locking down the third row. Red Bull who were considered favourites coming into the weekend managed only a 4th-row place with Max Verstappen qualifying in 7th place. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz finished in 8th and 9th respectively.
While Bottas and Hamilton both won the season-opening races in Austria, this was expected to be a much closer battle with Red Bull. Red Bull said that McLaren’s biggest advantage postseason was engine power so the tight and twisty Budapest circuit would have suited them, This didn’t prove to be the case with just one driver finishing in the top 10. Mercedes looked the best car out there topping every segment of qualifying. Some of the lines and corner speeds were outrageous that even experts marvelled at them. “Mind-blowing,” was Paul Di Resta’s summation of their one-second advantage at the end of Q3