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F1 Hungarian GP Live commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live updates from Saturday practice and qualifying for the Hungarian GP at the Hungaroring.

F1 Hungarian GP Live commentary and updates - FP3 & Qualifying

By: James Newbold, Stefan Mackley


  • Hamilton takes pole for Hungarian GP, with Mercedes team-mate Bottas completing the front row
  • Red Bulls of Verstappen and Perez start third and fourth
  • Eliminated in Q2: Ricciardo, Stroll, Raikkonen, Giovinazzi and Sainz
  • Sainz out after crashing at final corner, bringing out red flags
  • Eliminated in Q1: Tsunoda, Russell, Latifi, Mazepin and Schumacher
  • Schumacher doesn't complete a lap after FP3 crash
1. Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Bottas, Mercedes
3. Verstappen, Red Bull
4. Perez, Red Bull
5. Gasly, AlphaTauri
6. Norris, McLaren
7. Leclerc, Ferrari
8. Ocon, Alpine
9. Alonso, Alpine
10. Vettel, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped
With that we'll bid farewell for today to go and dig into the post-qualifying news and reaction. Sunday's Hungarian GP gets underway at 14:00 BST (15:00 local time) so please come back tomorrow for the pre-race build-up. Cheers!
So that is Hamilton's 101st pole position of his F1 career and puts him in prime position to record his 100th F1 win tomorrow. With Bottas starting alongside him, Verstappen and Red Bull have plenty to do. It won't be one to miss.

Hamilton, greeted by a few boos from some sections of the fans, gives his response: "I've never felt so great with the booing, but it fuels me."

Bottas on his P2: "It was OK, in Q2 I lost the rhythm slightly with the medium tyres and it was hard to get back into the rhythm on the softs. Lewis had a strong first lap in Q3."

Verstappen on his P3: "The whole weekend we have been a bit behind and it showed in qualifying but we are still there in P3. But so far not what I want."

The fans at the Hungaroring greet the top three with a mix of boos and cheers. Hamilton and Verstappen give each other a quick fist bump but keep pleasantries to a minimum.

Further back Perez still held on to fourth place despite missing his final lap in Q3. Gasly is fifth ahead of Norris, Leclerc, Ocon, Alonso and Vettel.
"Sorry about that, I had no more grip on that lap," Hamilton says over team radio given he didn't improve on his final Q3 effort. It matters little as he still grabs pole by three-tenths of a second.
Verstappen improves on his final lap but only with a 1m15.840s which keeps him in third place. Hamilton is on pole from Bottas!
Or not for Perez as he misses the chequered flag and won't be able to start his final lap! That one may come up later.
In this train Bottas is in front of Hamilton who is in front of Verstappen and Perez. Final lap time.
Second and final Q3 run time. Heading out of the pits Hamilton has Verstappen right behind him, and the Mercedes driver is focused on his mirrors and going very slowly. The games have begun.
Vettel, all on his own on the track as the rest pit, puts in a 1m16.750s to go P8 ahead of Alonso and Norris.
Behind the top three, Perez has slotted into fourth a couple of tenths ahead of Leclerc.
"I don't know why but I just had a lack of grip on this set [of tyres]," Verstappen says over his team radio. The Red Bull driver's Q2 time was over three-tenths faster, so more to come from him in this session.
Hamilton is on provisional pole with a 1m15.419s to go 0.315s faster than team-mate Bottas. Verstappen is moved back to third and is 0.565s off Hamilton's time.
...Verstappen puts in a 1m15.984s to set the early marker but here come the Mercs...
First Q3 timed laps coming up...
Vettel is the only driver of the Q3 contenders not to venture out early. In this train Verstappen leads Bottas who leads Hamilton. What drama.