F1 LIVE: Hungarian Grand Prix pile-up as George Russell targets maiden victory from pole with Lewis Hamilton seventh

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George Russell claimed the first pole position of his Formula 1 career for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix with an impressive lap in Budapest.

The 24-year-old pipped Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by just 0.044 seconds, with Charles Leclerc third. Russell’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton qualified seventh with Max Verstappen 10th on the grid after suffering mechanical problems.

Sainz and Leclerc looked like they had secured a front row lock for Ferrari only for Russell to pull off a shock result with a superb final lap at the Hungaroring.

Lando Norris finished fourth for McLaren, one place ahead of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon. In a poor afternoon for Red Bull, Verstappen starts 10th due to a power problem in Q3 with teammate Sergio Perez 11th – Lewis Hamilton starts seventh after a DRS issue on his second run in Q3.

Follow all the updates and updates from Hungary – the match starts at 2pm. (BST) and we’ll have full coverage here at The Independent:

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Hungarian Grand Prix: How can I watch it online and on TV?

The entire match schedule will be broadcast live Sky Sports F1 with the race live Sky Sports Main Event very. The highlights of the match will be broadcast on Sunday Channel 4 at 6:30 p.m. (BST).

If you’re not a Sky customer, you can get a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch it without a subscription.

Sunday’s game starts at 2 p.m. (BST) – we’ll have full coverage here at The Independent.

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Hungarian GP: Toto Wolff hails ‘champion in the making’ George Russell after Hungarian pole

Russell, the 24-year-old from Norfolk, tore up the sport’s form book – beating Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by just 0.044 seconds – to become only the fifth British driver this century to take first place in qualifying.

Russell joins compatriots David Coulthard, Jenson Button, current teammate Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris.

In the other silver car, Hamilton could only manage seventh – his afternoon blighted by a DRS failure – with Russell taking the honor of securing Mercedes’ first pole in a troubled campaign for the once-conquering team of the grid.

“George is a champion of creation,” Wolff said. “He was champion in all the youth categories – Formula 2 and Formula 3 as a rookie – and we would never have put him in Mercedes if he didn’t believe he could be a future world champion.

“It’s his first pole position and this will always be something special for him and for us, because it’s a moment to remember. Today is another milestone of the many he is going to achieve.”

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Hungarian Grand Prix: QUALIFYING REPORT – George Russell claims stunning first pole position of F1 career

George Russell claimed the first pole position of his Formula 1 career for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix with an impressive lap in Budapest.

The 24-year-old pipped Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by just 0.044 seconds, with Charles Leclerc third. Russell’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton qualified seventh with Max Verstappen 10th on the grid after suffering mechanical problems.

Sainz and Leclerc looked like they had secured a front row lock for Ferrari only for Russell to pull off a shock result with a superb final lap at the Hungaroring.

“Come on, ooooh, come on, yes, beautiful, good,” Russell said over the radio, unable to hide his delight at his maiden pole and Mercedes’ first of the season. Awesome. We needed it.”

Verstappen spun out at Turn 2 on his opening run in Q3, finishing 1.7 seconds back, and then reported a lack of power as he prepared for his final attempt. “Nothing’s working,” he cried, unable to improve on his first Q3 attempt.

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