Five things we learnt from Saturday at the Hungarian Grand Prix

03-08-2019 18:31 | Updated: 03-08-2019 19:10
by Joseph Tyrrell
Five things we learnt from Saturday at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen will start on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas joining him on the front row. What has qualifying told us about what is to come?

Max Verstappen breaks his duck

Finally... 93 entries. 7 wins. 832 points and six fastest laps. But finally, Max Verstappen can add a pole position to his ever-growing CV. The Dutchman was imperious in qualifying topping Q1 and Q3 to claim his maiden pole.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Verstappen already had a pole considering the amount of success he's had in his career so far and his super season so far. But finally in front of the masses of Dutch fans, Max has his pole!

Leclerc is not the finished product (again)

We said it last week after he crashed out of the German Grand Prix and we'll say it again Charles Leclerc is not the finished product. Today we saw the good, the bad and the ugly. The good: he out-qualified his teammate and pushed the Mercedes all the way to the end in qualifying. 

However, the bad and the ugly slightly outweigh the good. Another mistake causing him to spin out at the final corner damaging his rear wing which almost ended his session before it had really begun. Credit goes to the Ferrari team who got him back up and running to qualify fourth.

George Russell has what it takes

George Russell may not have a Formula 1 point to his name but the rookie continues to impress at the far slower Williams. Whilst his teammate qualified in 20th and never really looked like getting any higher, Russell was as high as ninth before eventually qualifying 16th, bumping up to 15th thanks to the penalty to Antonio Giovinazzi.

Russell is extracting so much out of his Williams and he's getting closer and closer to that maiden F1 point. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who isn't rooting for him.

Reprieve for Grosjean more pain for Magnussen

It was contrasting results for the Haas pair as Romain Grosjean will start ninth on the grid whilst Kevin Magnussen will start the race from 14th. After qualifying comfortably through Q1 Magnussen all of a sudden was struggling for grip and fell to P15.

Grosjean meanwhile went under the radar as he made it through to Q3 and qualified ninth. Whether they can carry their performance through to Sunday remains to be seen.

Expect fireworks

If Saturday is anything to go by we are in for a treat on Sunday. The Mercedes' pair are going to be hunting down Max Verstappen right from the green light and Ferrari are going to want to bounce back after their underwhelming qualifying. 

The midfield battle remains as close-fought as ever with McLaren once again leading the way, will anyone be able to challenge them? Daniel Ricciardo will also want to make up plenty of places from 17th on the grid so we could be in for a great race!

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