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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

Summary

Summary
  • 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
Leaderboard
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.
Right, time for Q3. Here we go.
Verstappen's improvement also means he'll start on the soft tyres for tomorrow's race, as will Red Bull team-mate Perez, while the Mercs will start on the mediums. But we'll worry about that tomorrow.
Verstappen has laid down a bit of a marker ahead of the top 10 shootout with his 1m15.650s to top Q2. For reference, last year's pole time set by Hamilton was a 1m13.447s.
Vettel nips into Q3 in 10th place just 0.077s faster than Ricciardo. Out in Q2: P11 Ricciardo, P12 Stroll, P13 Raikkonen, P14 Giovinazzi, P15 Sainz.
Norris goes P2 and Perez is up to P4 but no further improvements mean Bottas is safe in P8.
Verstappen now goes fastest with a 1m15.650s, with Gasly P2 and Alonso P3. Bottas is being shuffled down the order at pace.
Bottas uses those new mediums to go P2 with 1m16.702s.
All Q2 drivers, apart from Sainz of course, are on the track now. Everyone on softs aside from Bottas which sets up a one-lap thriller to end this session.
Here they come, Verstappen and Hamilton on new sets of softs while Bottas is on a new set of mediums.
No early runners because of the time remaining as there is not enough for a two-run effort. So it'll be a one all-or-nothing shot.
Q2 is underway again.
As things stand the Q2 drop zone is: P11 Norris, P12 Stroll, P13 Raikkonen, P14 Sainz, P15 Giovinazzi.
Q2 will restart at 15:41 local time - so in two minutes.
Moments before Sainz's crash his team-mate Leclerc moved up to P2 with a 1m16.725s. The Q2 clock has been stopped with 6m40s of the session to go so still time for more laps.
 
Sainz has lost his front wing and despite trying to get going again he eventually accepts his fate and parks up. The medical car has also been deployed due to the high impact but the Spaniard looks to be OK.
Sainz asks for a bit too much speed going into the final corner and the rear of his Ferrari steps out on him, leaving him powerless to stop a slide into the tyre barriers.
Carlos Sainz Jr has crashed! The session has been red flagged.
Vettel moves up to third, on those softs remember, with Gasly up to fourth which pushes both Bottas and Perez further down the order. They may need to switch to softs if others improve.
Hamilton sets the pace in Q2 with a 1m16.553s, two-tenths up on Verstappen and half a second faster than Bottas. Perez is currently fourth but is seven-tenths off Hamilton which could put him in danger later on.