As after every F1 Grand Prix, it’s time to discover the most striking statistics, the records that have been broken, the remarkable series still in progress or that have been stopped in their tracks during the last weekend…
George Russell took the first pole position of his Formula 1 career. After Sergio Pérez at Jeddah and Carlos Sainz at Silverstone, he is the third driver to take his first pole position this season.
He became the 105th polesitter in F1 history, and it is the eighth pole position Mercedes has achieved in Hungary since 2010.
Sainz beat Charles Leclerc for the third time this year on Saturday, in 13 races. The Monegasque misses the front row for the third time this season.
Behind the Ferrari duo, Lando Norris set the fourth fastest time, which is not his best qualifying performance of the season as he was third at Imola.
But Imola was a Sprint, finishing fifth, thus starting the race on the third row. On the other hand, he equaled his best grid position of the season, as he was fourth in Jeddah.
This is McLaren’s best result in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2012. At the time, the team was on pole position thanks to Lewis Hamilton.
Fifth, Ocon matched his best qualifying of the season. The Alpine F1 driver had already set the fifth fastest time in Jeddah and at the Red Bull Ring.
Valtteri Bottas returned to Q3 for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix, after a run of six races without reaching it, and qualified eighth.
Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo reached Q3 for the first time since Canada, and it was only the third time this season that the two McLarens had made it to the top third of qualifying, after Australia and Emilia-Romagna.
For Max Verstappen, only 10th in the standings, it was the first time he had been worse than fourth this season. It was his worst qualifying since the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, bar two penalty starts from the back of the grid, at Russia 2021 and Monza in 2019.
Qualified 14th, Lance Stroll finished a string of seven eliminations in Q1 while team-mate Sebastian Vettel missed Q3 at this circuit for the first time since 2008.
Max Verstappen’s victory, his 28th race, is the second in Red Bull history since 10th place, a performance by Daniel Ricciardo at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion seized the opportunity to lead his 50th race and take his 70th podium finish. This is the first time the Dutchman has won by not starting from the front two rows of the grid.
This is the second time Verstappen has won a Grand Prix after spinning mid-race. At the 2019 German Grand Prix, he had already done a 360 on the track before winning.
It is also the second year in a row that the winner in Hungary has not started from the first two rows. Between 1986 and 2020, it also happened twice.
Lewis Hamilton signed his sixth podium of the season, the fifth in a row, and his 11th in Hungary. This is his race number 188. Thanks to the four laps led yesterday, he reached 487 laps in the lead at the Hungaroring, a record for a driver on the same circuit.
It is the second consecutive podium finish made up of Verstappen, Hamilton and Russell in that order. This is the 31st time that Verstappen and Hamilton have achieved a double in a Grand Prix, as many as… Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Thanks to the 28 laps led by Russell and Hamilton, Mercedes F1 has been more in the lead during this race than during the previous 12 combined since the start of the season.
Carlos Sainz crossed the finish line in fourth place for the second consecutive year in Hungary, but had climbed to the podium on the green carpet last year.
For Charles Leclerc, it is the 11th Grand Prix out of 13 this year that he has led laps, but it is the eighth time this year that he has not finished in the top three. He continues a sad streak, as he has never been on the podium in Hungary, whatever the discipline.
Lando Norris finished in the points for the 10th time this season, and it was his third straight seventh-place finish.
In Alpine F1, it was the eighth consecutive points-scoring entry for Fernando Alonso, who finished in the top 10 for the eleventh consecutive time at the Hungaroring. We have to go back to 2009, when he had given up, to see the Spaniard lose the points in Hungary.
It is the seventh time that the two alpine riders have finished in the points this year, and the third consecutive race in which this has happened.
Unlike Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly didn’t find the points, and his 12th place finish in Hungary is his fifth consecutive finish outside the top 10.
There were 19 who crossed the finish line, Valtteri Bottas had had a mechanical problem, but all 20 drivers were classified. This is only the 13th time this has happened in F1 history, out of 1,070 Grands Prix.
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