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.
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.
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.
Monitoring temperature: 27.2c
Air temperature: 19.1
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.
PIT LANE IS OPEN
40 minutes until lights out for the formation lap. Update on current conditions and expected race conditions coming soon.
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.
Can George Russell add his name to that list?
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
PIT LANE: GAS
Former racing director Michael Massey received death threats after Abu Dhabi Grand Prix decision
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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.
Current manufacturer ranking
Current driver standings after 12 laps: Top 10
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 .”
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.