LEWIS HAMILTON is on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix after a stunning performance in qualifying.
The Brit star notched the 90th pole of his career following a Hungaroring track record, while Mercedes team-mate Valterri Bottas had to settle for second and Lance Stroll in third.
- 1) Hamilton 2) Bottas 3) Stroll
- Lewis Hamilton closes in on Schumacher record of eight wins at one track, set at Magny Cours.
- Mercedes lock out front row, Racing Point second row, Ferrari third row.
- Race: 2.10pm (Sun)
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LEW ARE DREAMING
More from Lewis Hamilton following his win: “I just have to pinch myself, it doesn't seem to register.
“It's quite humbling to be honest because I get to work with an incredible group of people, who without I wouldn't have the opportunity to do so.
“So massively thankful to everyone back home and everyone here who does such an amazing job.
“Valtteri doesn't make it easy for me at all so it requires absolute perfection when doing laps and qualifying like that is one of the things I enjoy most.”
Here's a quick reminder of the results from qualifying…
NO SPAIN NO GAIN
F1 chiefs are monitoring the situation in Barcelona as the city moves closer to lockdown – just four weeks before the Spanish Grand Prix.
Officials have urged residents to stay in doors after a spike in cases of the coronavirus.
While the Catalan capital is currently not in total lockdown, numbers are increasing across the country, with the steepest daily increase for more than two months.
Health officials are now weighing up whether to reemploy drastic measures to halt a second wave.
And that could affect F1's plans of hosting the race at Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of the city.
F1 made a successful return with two races in Austria turning up zero positive tests in almost 10,000.
However, two negative results were found in Hungary this week among support staff, who were quickly isolated.
The race in Barcelona is scheduled for August 23rd and will be a behind closed doors event, yet there will still be close to 2,000 people in the paddock.
The Spanish GP will be the sixth race of the season and will immediately come after two back-to-back races at Silverstone.
Speaking about his performance, Lewis Hamilton said: “It felt great, just in general, qualifying all together felt really solid.
“We were just constantly pushing the bar higher.
“To get to drive like a car like this around here is just awesome.”
Lewis Hamilton made history as he became the first driver in Formula 1 history to record 90 pole positions.
What an effort form Lance Stroll, who will start third on the grid in Hungary tomorrow.
CONGRATS FROM THE BOSS
FIA chief Jean Todt sends his best wishes to Lewis Hamilton after his latest pole.
Sergio Perez has admitted to feeling unwell during qualifying as he put his car on P4.
He said: “Good result for the team. Everything happened to me in qualifying.
“I was not physically well. I suffered a bit of dizziness somewhere in the circuit with pain in my neck.
“We have a good race pace for tomorrow.”
GIO CHECK IT OUT
Carlos Sainz may be in trouble with the stewards – after Antonio Giovinazzi complained of the McLaren ace impeding him at Turn 6 in Q1.
That will be looked at in the coming hours.
90 AND COUNTING
What a drive from Lewis, who is delighted after bagging the 90th poll of his career.
“I have to pinch myself [at reaching 90 poles]. It's quite humbling and I have a lot of people to thank.
“Valtteri never makes it easy!”
LEWIS HAMILTON IS ON POLE FOR THE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
Unstoppable performance from Hamilton who is 0.107sec ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
Lance Stroll will line up in third place. Sergio Perez will be fourth.
FOUR MINUTES TO GO
Ferrari, everyone's favourite mid-table team, currently 2 seconds off Hamilton's pace.
Take nothing away from Merc, but this is painful viewing.
HAMILTON TAKES PROVISIONAL POLE
Crikey. Hamilton crossed the line a whole 1.058sec quicker than Stroll, who was second-quickest but has now been bumped down to third. Bottas is second.
TOP 10 SHOOT OUT IS GO
Here we go…can ANYONE challenge the Mercedes duo for pole?
I'm going to make a prediction and say.
ALBON IS OUT IN Q2
That is a big blow for the London-born Thai racer. He was not comfortable with the car and was released into traffic.
He's not happy, neither will Red Bull with that result. He was only 13th quickest and starts BEHIND George Russell.
Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon are also out in Q2.
BIG CASUALTY FROM Q2?
Alex Albon and Charles Leclerc could be in trouble here.
30 seconds on the clock and in the bottom 5.
NEW TRACK RECORD
Lewis Hamilton sets a new track record for the Hungaroring.
Using the medium tyre. That is a quite something, considering his nearest rivals were on softs and could not even get close.
THE TYRE GAMBLE
Q2 and the decision is what tyre you go on, for this is the one you could end up starting on for Sunday's race.
The teams further down the grid pick the softest tyre, the one with the red band. It's quicker, sticker but less durable. Ideal for a flying lap.
The ones at the top, are going for mediums, yellow band. They are marginally slower but more durable.
Q2 IS GO
And the first car out is the Williams of George Russell. The Brit cannot get enough at the moment.
Under contract with Williams until the end of 2021 but is on loan from Mercedes.
LONG TIME COMING
Italy 2018 was the last time both Williams cars made it in to Q2.
Back then, both drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, scored points.
DELIGHT FROM WILLIAMS
FLAG IS OUT
Booted out are Raikkonen, Giovinazzi, Grosjean, Kyvat and Magnussen.
Both Williams are through. What an effort from that team. Sensational.
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