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Hungarian grand prix 2022 f1 live Budapest race news George Russell / Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes and George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes wave to the crowd as the drivers parade ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian grand prix 2022 f1 live Budapest race news George Russell / Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes and George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes wave to the crowd at the drivers’ parade ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary

01:34 pm

It may not rain

But conditions could prove difficult anyway. The wind is blowing a bit, against the cars on the pit straight. It’s also a bit cold out there. Relatively anyway. Easy to grab a brake in these conditions.

01:30 p.m

A few words about Lando Norris

Amidst all the George Russell excitement yesterday, Norris’ place on the second row in qualifying was a bit lost. It’s another outstanding performance from a man who is emerging as an outstanding F1 driver around the world. McLaren’s podium chances in 2020 and 2021 were not there in 2022, but this could be its best shot at another top-three finish today, with the car showing real pace.

British McLaren driver Lando Norris drives during qualifying ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, July 30, 2022 - AFP

British McLaren driver Lando Norris drives during qualifying ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, July 30, 2022 – AFP

01:26 pm

Some locks on reconnaissance rounds

Albon locked quite heavily heading into the chicane, Perez did the same at turn two and a McLaren also grabbed the brakes. There was plenty of rain overnight which would have turned the track ‘green’ but since then we’ve had plenty of laps of F3 and F2 support races.

01:24 pm

Current conditions

Monitoring temperature: 27.2c
Air temperature: 19.1
Humidity: 67.0

Is there a chance of rain? Yes, a possibility. There are some not too far away, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to rain or rain a lot on the track. It’s a shower at worst. Most likely.

01:20 pm

PIT LANE IS OPEN

40 minutes until lights out for the formation lap. Update on current conditions and expected race conditions coming soon.

01:17 pm

First time winners at Hungaoring

Unfortunately there’s no footage of Damon Hill winning here in 1993, so you’ll just have to imagine it yourself.

Renault's Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates crossing the finish line to win the Hungarian Grand Prix...Renault's Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates crossing the finish line to win the Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August 2003

Renault’s Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates crossing the finish line to win the Hungarian Grand Prix…Renault’s Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates crossing the finish line to win the Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August 2003

British Honda driver Jenson Button celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix... British Formula One Honda driver Jenson Button celebrates with a team member after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring near in Budapest, August 6, 2006

British Honda driver Jenson Button celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix… British Formula One Honda driver Jenson Button celebrates with a team member after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring near in Budapest, August 6, 2006

Heikki Kovalainen...epa01430066 Finnish Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren Mercedes celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, 03 August 200 - EPA

Heikki Kovalainen…epa01430066 Finnish Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen of McLaren Mercedes celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest, Hungary, 03 August 200 – EPA

French Alpine driver Esteban Ocon (R) celebrates with Spanish Alpine driver Fernando Alonso after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring race track in Mogyorod near Budapest on August 1, 2020 - AFP

French Alpine driver Esteban Ocon (R) celebrates with Spanish Alpine driver Fernando Alonso after the Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring race track in Mogyorod near Budapest on August 1, 2020 – AFP

Can George Russell add his name to that list?

01:11 pm

FINAL STARTING GRID

1. RUS 2. SAI
3. PER 4. NOR
5. OCO 6. ALO
7. HAM 8. BOOT
9. RIC 10. VER
11. ANA 12. ZHO
13. MAG 14. STR
15. MSC 16. TSU
17. ALB 18. EEK
19. LATIN

PIT LANE: GAS

01:02 pm

Former racing director Michael Massey received death threats after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix decision

Read the full story here.

12:59 pm

Some parish announcements

Pierre Gasly will start from the pit lane after a power unit change and both Red Bulls have done similar but have no penalties.

12:55 pm

Current manufacturer ranking

12:49 pm

Current driver standings after 12 laps: Top 10

12:37 pm

Can George Russell ‘drive into the sunset’ today to take his maiden F1 win?

Yesterday was a fantastic, exciting day at the Hungaroring. There had been rain earlier in the day but, despite the lack of wet running, the end result was a mixed grid indeed. George Russell was outstanding, conquering the circuit to take his maiden pole position and the Mercedes team’s first pole since the 2021 season. This is a circuit that has seen many maiden wins in Formula 1 – Damon Hill, Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen and Esteban Ocon. Can Russell get his start and take his first win here too?

After his pole on Saturday, Britain’s Russell said he wasn’t going to think too far ahead.

“We take each day at a time and don’t get carried away with yourself and just focus one step at a time,” he said. Mercedes’ care has been better in race care than qualifying, but perhaps this weekend will reverse that trend.

“We know we have a relatively quicker race car than a qualifying car. If that happens again this weekend I’ll be very shocked because I think we absolutely nailed it 100% today and took the last millisecond out of it .”

Pole position qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes celebrate at parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary - Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Pole position qualifier George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes celebrate at parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 30, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary – Arpad Kurucz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Certainly, Russell wasn’t thinking too much about how to defend the lead either, although he acknowledged that the W13’s race pace at this track is a big unknown.

“Hopefully we don’t intend to defend ourselves and just ride off into the sunset. The kids around me, even Max, aren’t going to make it easy. As I said in general we have a faster racing car. It’s still a track where if you have a faster race car it counts more than if you have a faster qualifying car.”

“Our high fuel pace was probably the worst it’s ever been yesterday. The Ferraris were very exceptional. “

In general pace Ferrari was the team that seemed to have the fastest car. Did Russell do a lap of amazing speed? Well, we’ll have to wait to find out, but not much longer. Red Bull will start 10th and 11th, but unless something strange happens it seems unlikely they will be able to get into the race for victory.

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