“It’s a bit of a game. Lewis rode a great bike and then probably slowed down because he didn’t want our cars to have clean wheels. But he had a right to do so. He had a position on the track. We don’t have a major problem with that,” said BBC Red Bull chief Christian. Horner
The reigning champion Hamilton, who after receiving even mixed reactions from the audience, deepened the rivalry with Verstappen and Red Bull even more. Two weeks ago, during the British British GP, he crashed with a Dutch pilot in the opening round, and after his opponent had to resign after hitting the barriers, he reduced the Dutch lead at the World Cup from 33 points to eight thanks to the victory.
Now he has interrupted a series of four pole positions in a row. “It was an amazing first round and a great job from everyone on the team, including Valtteri, who tried to push what was going on. The boys in the factory didn’t leave stone unturned. Honestly, I’ve never felt so good roaring. On the contrary, it motivates me even more, Hamilton said in front of the microphones.
At a subsequent press conference, however, he denied that tactics were behind the slowdown. “Everyone was driving slowly. Didn’t you look at anyone else? Do you think I should have gone faster to get closer to Valtteri again? It was no different from any other lap and I didn’t play any tactical games. I don’t need it. I know what to do in the car and I’m fast enough. Those who say that obviously don’t know anything about the work we do here. That’s why they probably don’t go here, “Hamilton was quoted by the BBC.
At the Hungaroring, the Briton can win the fourth consecutive trump card and a record ninth in his career. He will have his teammate Valtteri Bottas at his side at the start, who is 0.315 seconds behind his time.
Verstappen will thus defend his lead in the race at the head of the World Championships from third place. “We lag behind a bit all weekend and it turned out in qualifying. It wasn’t what we wanted, but we are third and we’ll see what we can do in the race,” said Verstappen. He no longer wanted to talk about the collision with Hamilton in Britain. “I’ve been responding to this nonsense all Thursday. Stop it. We’re racers, we fight hard and fair,” he said.
The qualification was interrupted in the second part after the accident of Carlos Sainz. After a skid and a subsequent collision, the Ferrari pilot starts the race from the pit lane. This is where Mick Schumacher should start, who paid for the accident from the third practice and the mechanics did not have time to repair the car for qualification.
The Hungarian Grand Prix, which will be the last race before the four-week summer break, will start on Sunday at 15:00.
|Qualification for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Formula 1 World Championship race in Budapest:|
|1. Hamilton (Brit./Mercedes) 1:15,419|
|2. Bottas (Fin./Mercedes) -0.315|
|3. Verstappen (Niz./Red Bull) -0,421|
|4. Pérez (Mex./Red Bull) -1.002|
|5. Gasly (Fr./AlphaTauri) -1,064|
|6. Norris (Brit./McLaren) -1,070|
|7. Leclerc (Mon./Ferrari) -1,077|
|8. Ocon (Fr./Alpine) -1,234|
|9. Alonso (Šp./Alpine) -1,296|
|10. Vettel (Germany / Aston Martin) -1,331.|