Max Verstappen reaches first pole position in Formula 1

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull RB15. Source: Reuters
Max Verstappen has achieved the missing statistic in his curriculum and will start from pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman, the new Formula 1 sensation, was still seeking his first Formula 1 pole position after 90 GPs and 7 race wins, and finally achieved it with an impressive lap at the Hungaroring circuit. With the first pole position from the Netherlands in the history of the series, Max will be the 100th driver to lead the grid at the start of a Grand Prix.

The Mercedes duo gave Verstappen a hard time, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Bottas will start second, just ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari showed evolution in the tight and twisty Hungarian circuit, but still struggled to keep up with Mercedes and Red Bull. Leclerc is 4th and Vettel is 5th. Among the big teams, the disappointment was again Pierre Gasly, only 6th and almost a second slower than his teammate Verstappen.

Mclaren continues to grow and position itself as leader of the middle pack, with Norris and Sainz respectively closing the 4th row of the grid. Grosjean and Raikkonen completed the top 10 of the grid.

The surprise of qualifying was Williams’ good performance, especially with George Russell. The characteristics of the circuit suggested that it would be a difficult weekend for the English team, but Russell’s 16th place and the young guy’s strong pace show that the team is finally recovering from the disastrous start of the season.

Starting Grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’14.572
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’14.590 0.018
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’14.769 0.197
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1’15.043 0.471
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1’15.071 0.499
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1’15.450 0.878
7 Lando Norris McLaren 1’15.800 1.228
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1’15.852 1.280
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’16.013 1.441
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1’16.041 1.469
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’16.565 1.993
12 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1’16.687 2.115
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’16.692 2.120
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1’16.804 2.232
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’17.081 2.509
16 George Russell Williams 1’17.031 2.459
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1’17.109 2.537
18 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’17.257 2.685
19 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1’17.542 2.970
20 Robert Kubica Williams 1’18.324 3.752

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