F1 QUALIFIER: Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole Position Ahead Of Red Bulls Verstappen In Hungary

Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying to take his first pole position since the penultimate race of the 2021 season.

The 38-year-old Mercedes driver was 0.003 faster than Red Bull’s runaway championship leader for what was also a record ninth pole at the Hungaroring, the most by anyone in the history of the sport at one circuit.

“It’s been a crazy year and a half, so I’ve lost my voice from shouting so much,” said the Briton, hoarse after giving his emotions full volume in the cockpit.

“I feel so grateful to be up here because the team have worked so hard. We’ve been pushing so hard over this time to finally get a pole and it just feels like the first time.”

Hamilton has won eight times in Hungary and five of those wins have come from the top spot. He last won in Hungary in 2020 when he started and finished first and led all but one lap.

It was Hamilton’s first pole position since Saudi Arabia in December 2021, ending a 33-race drought for the seven times world champion.

It will be the first time he and Verstappen have shared the front row since the decisive and highly controversial Abu Dhabi season-ender in 2021, when the Dutch driver secured his first title.

Red Bull’s runaway championship leader Max Verstappen was second fastest, 0.250 slower, with Mexican team mate Sergio Perez third and Nico Hulkenberg a surprise fourth for Haas and all on soft tyres.

Meanwhile, Verstappen, who complained about a lack of grip, is 99 points clear of Perez and chasing his ninth win in 11 races and seventh in a row.

The 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, will take place over 70 laps of the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring in Budapest on Sunday, July 23.

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