A day after a squelchy practice session in Hungarian GP, Mercedes’ Russel takes advantage of a relatively better track condition under a cloudy sky in Hungarian GP qualifying on Saturday, as the 24-year-old Briton who won F2 back in the 2018 and GP3 in 2017, has taken his first-ever pole position in Formula One.
In the matter of the fact, Ferrari’s Leclerc and Sainz looked set to begin from p1 and p2 on Sunday’s Hungarian GP, however, Mercedes’ Russel, who seems to be in a better form than teammate Hamilton this season, had surprised both Ferrari drivers during final qualifying seconds.
Russel takes the pole position by beating the Ferrari by 0.04 seconds. Nonetheless, Hamilton had had a DRS issue and will start from pole 7, while Verstappen had a number of clumsy turns, disappointing Red Bull fans.
Verstappen will begin from pole 9, handing out a significant edge to Ferrari’s Leclerc to downsize his gap with the Red Bull’s reigning world champion.
Wolff stresses Russel can win Hungarian GP
Meanwhile, followed by the qualifying, Mercedes’ Boss Toto Wolff had stressed that Russel could win at a twisty and tight Hungarian GP track.
Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Wolff said, “I don't know how you say in English, one bird doesn't make a summer? That was a solid result. We were always off the pace over a single lap, now we are on pole.
So let's see what we can do that tomorrow in the race and if we have the pace there I believe that we are part of the fun and games at the front again. If we can maintain the position at the start and be first after the first lap, have a solid stop and have a good race then why not. We can win this”