Verstappen recorded a time of 1:15.840, with his teammate Sergio Pérez (1:16.421) in his track. Hamilton was victorious in 1:15.419, Bottas drove 1:15.734. It is the 101st time that Hamilton has started from pole. He can take his 100th Formula 1 victory in Budapest.
Of the complete top-10, only Hamilton and Bottas will start on the medium tire on Sunday. Verstappen set his fastest time on the softest tyre, he was instructed by his race engineer to complete his lap. It has more grip on that tire, but it also wears out faster. In retrospect, Verstappen’s time on medium tire would have been good for tenth place in Q2. Mercedes and Red Bull therefore opt for a different strategy on Sunday.
George Russell was the most notable ‘victim’ in the first qualifying session. A red flag appeared in Q2 after Carlos Sainz crashed. After flying his side into the tire stack, Sainz seemed to be able to resume qualifying at first, but ultimately failed.
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