George Russell, Mercedes, Hungaroring, 2022

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix grid

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

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George Russell has taken pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix for Mercedes ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr and Charles Leclerc.

Row 11. (63) George Russell 1’17.377
Mercedes W13
2. (55) Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’17.421
Ferrari F1-75
Row 23. (16) Charles Leclerc 1’17.567
Ferrari F1-75
4. (4) Lando Norris 1’17.769
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
Row 35. (31) Esteban Ocon 1’18.018
Alpine-Renault A522
6. (14) Fernando Alonso 1’18.078
Alpine-Renault A522
Row 47. (44) Lewis Hamilton 1’18.142
Mercedes W13
8. (77) Valtteri Bottas 1’18.157
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
Row 59. (3) Daniel Ricciardo 1’18.379
McLaren-Mercedes MCL36
10. (1) Max Verstappen 1’18.823
Red Bull RB18
Row 611. (11) Sergio Perez 1’18.516
Red Bull RB18
12. (24) Zhou Guanyu 1’18.573
Alfa Romeo-Ferrari C42
Row 713. (20) Kevin Magnussen 1’18.825
Haas-Ferrari VF-22
14. (18) Lance Stroll 1’19.137
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
Row 815. (47) Mick Schumacher 1’19.202
Haas-Ferrari VF-22
16. (22) Yuki Tsunoda 1’19.240
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03
Row 917. (23) Alexander Albon 1’19.256
Williams-Mercedes FW44
18. (5) Sebastian Vettel 1’19.273
Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR22
Row 1019. (6) Nicholas Latifi 1’19.570
Williams-Mercedes FW44
20. (10) Pierre Gasly 1’19.527
AlphaTauri-Red Bull AT03


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54 comments on “2022 Hungarian Grand Prix grid”

  1. What a grid! This race should be an absolute corker!

    1. I still wouldn’t put money on Russell winning, he doesn’t have any backup from Hamilton tomorrow

      1. Oh I expect a Ferrari win (I mean muck the entire thing up and somehow Max gets another win).. but it should be absolutely fun and dramatic. Nicely mixed up grid and then we remember what starts at this track can be like. Anything’s possible. Alonso could be P2 after turn 1, who knows. Cannot wait for this tomorrow.

        1. Bottas is nicely placed for some more bowling as well @davidhunter13. So anything could happen, especially on the first lap.

        2. I’m expecting Alonso to start really well tomorrow and find himself in among the Ferraris. With it being so hard to pass here, he may be able to hold on and maybe even bag a podium.

      2. Precisely not having the other Merc driver in his whereabouts is the best news for GR.

        1. LoL! Where have you been hyoko?

  2. Gobsmacked

  3. I’m very happy for George.

  4. … and some guys want to get rid of this track!

    PS: let’s see how HAM explains this.

    1. Sorry to tell you it was a DRS failure for Hamilton. According to the broadcast.

      1. Ah… OK. Did not see the Quali.

    2. DRS wasn’t working

    3. Lol, bet you wish there was a delete button eh!..

  5. Sainz seemed absolutely sure for pole, so Russell’s late jump to P1 came surprisingly.

    1. Yes, surprised me too, I looked around and said “no threat”, then I saw russel’s 2nd sector “was that just 1 tenth faster than sainz??”.

  6. 8 tenths faster than lewis on a lewis track. Get in there george.

    1. 8 tenths faster than a teammate with a non functioning DRS, well done

      1. One drs zone makes up 8 tenths… ok…

        1. There are 2 DRS zones, and obviously Hamilton is going to back off once he knows he cant improve.


          1. Don’t reply to people who don’t bother to get their facts straight before they comment.

        2. Are you counting the DRS zone and justifying the difference really? Hamilton’s first lap was on used tyres. He didn’t have the chance to take advantage of hia tyres. Some people are just full of hate towards this guy for whatever reason, even if they sound stupid.

        3. Tell me you didn’t watch qualifying without saying you didn’t watch qualifying…

          1. Yes, I suppose even if one is trying to say drs doesn’t make up for 8 tenths, which is true, then that should be mentioned in the original comment.

        4. I may be out of date with the rules, but the year when DRS first came in, I am pretty sure you could use it anywhere on the circuit during practice and qualifying. Can anyone clarify please?

          1. @AlanD that was only the first year. Ever since, it’s only been allowed in the DRS zones

          2. Thanks David @nvherman, it is good to know I wasn’t imagining it. I wonder if they should reintroduce the unrestricted DRS in qualifying. If they did, it might lead to some teams setting up their wings to run best in qualifying and optimal track position, and others using a different amount of rear wing to get optimal race pace.

    2. Never short on excuses, only in results for Merc’s #2

      1. Well, hamilton has done quite a good job recently, he had a slow start of the season, which seemed to be due to doing the bulk of the experiments and then picked up.

      2. Hi first run was on used tires, and his second run he had a dr’s failure. It’s pretty sad you come here only to hate on Hamilton. It could’ve been a Mercedes 1-2

  7. Alonso disappointed. It happens quite often to him this year: he is faster than Ocon in all sessions, but then loses in the last attempt.

    Russell impressed. Just as I said that Hamilton will beat him this year, he gets a pole.
    I hope he wins.

    1. Alonso didn’t dissapoint, it was great laps by both Alpine drivers.

  8. Mercedes topped q2. So a lockout was on but for the technical issue for Hamilton. At a track like this that could mean a 1-2 finish gone since it will be hard not to get undercut by one Ferrari at least.

    1. Mercedes topped q2.

      Whoa, how come? Real pace? Rain?

      1. Why are you commenting when you have no clue?

        1. If you’re commenting about someone saying they have no clue, why don’t you correct the mistake? It was q1 merc topped.

  9. The Red Bulls are still fast cars. Think the race will be much different for them than the snake bites they suffered today.

    1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
      30th July 2022, 16:41

      Perez has been slow since last time out.

      1. Andy, having seen the problems Max had with his car in Q3, I wondered if the same problem had been affecting Perez to a lesser extent in the latter stages of Q2. But I also wondered if he could have been distracted by the lap-deleted lap-reinstated issue. If it was the latter, it is understandable for mere humans, but F1 drivers with champion in their DNA have to be able to forget such setbacks in the blink of an eye and focus entirely on the next corner.

    2. Yes, curious what verstappen can do from the midfield and at a track where it’s hard to overtake, not expecting much from perez.

      1. He will pass cars with DRS assistance, the Red Bull is great for that

  10. Expect another “The letter of the law” moment at turns 1 and 2, likely even T3 if it is raining, taking at least 1 Ferrari out, probably both. This could be Lando’s long awaited first win

  11. What a fantastic qualy! So happy for George! We should be in for a good race with this grid. Great to see Norris up there too. It all fell apart for Red Bull. One of the worst circuits to have a poor qualy but Lewis showed last year that progress is possible.

  12. Delighted for George.
    Looking forward to seeing Max fight back :)

    1. As much as I don’t like MV, watching him weave through the field is racing gold

  13. Question to Verstappen after the race in France: Do you feel this race was perhaps less earned since your main rival retired?
    Question to Leclerc after the qualifying in Hungary: Do you feel a bigger satisfaction since your championship rival is starting 10th?

    Skysports and FOM – Beacons of unbias and actuality. Big thumbs up.

    Excellent grid. Very happy for George. The only thing missing was “Blimey!” though on the radio.

    Very interesting grid.

  14. @cobray
    They are trying to fuel the rivalry between Charles and Max and turn it into a Battle rap. The two are still respectful towards each others despite the great on track competition.

  15. The Merc car really is an enigma. To go from struggling massively on Friday, not sure where to go, to taking pole is extraordinary. It seems the car hit the optimal window during qualifying, but it will be interesting to see if they understand why. I doubt they expected the changes they made going in to yield those results.

    Shame for Lewis having the technical issue. Not sure whether he’d have beaten George’s time or not, but a front row lockout was a possibility there.

    The team is getting there. Now they just need to understand why!

  16. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
    30th July 2022, 16:47

    In a previous race the Ferrari was under fuelled and Sainz had to go fuel saving mode. I think I heard or read this track can also be high consumption. If they hope for a SC and it doesn’t happen…

    With the MB able to perhaps go longer on its tyres if George can somehow keep the Ferraris interested he has a genuine shot of a win.

    No stoppages, no SC, no VSC.

  17. Always an absolute pleasure seeing a driver take their first pole or win. Congratulations George – first of very many I suspect!

  18. Very interesting performance by mercedes, they ended up topping q1, then didn’t seem as competitive in q2 and then had enough pace to fight for pole in q3, didn’t expect that.

    1. What I found most interesting was that Russell didn’t have any purple sectors, so it is competitive over all parts of the circuit but not dominant. Does anyone know who the purples were for each sector?

      1. Sainz 1 and 2, Leclerc 3.
        Both failed miserably to put it all together.

        1. Thanks Edvaldo. I was expecting it to be three different drivers, so seeing Sainz was fastest in both 1 and 2 was a real surprise. I don’t recall seeing Sainz make any obvious errors but when the gaps are so small, I suppose sliding wide by just a meter in a couple of corners is enough to make the difference. The difference between Russell and Perez is, I think, 0.044 seconds. The time it takes to blink is between 0.100 and 0.400 seconds.

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