Hamilton on pole position in Hungary

The Mercedes driver secures his first pole position since 2021

2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, Friday - LAT Images

Lewis Hamilton has secured the ninth Hungarian Grand Prix pole position of his career.

The Mercedes driver was just 0.003s faster than Max Verstappen, who joins him on the front row at the Hungaroring.

McLaren fill the second row, with Lando Norris just ahead of Oscar Piastri, while Guanyu Zhou recorded his best ever qualifying position in fifth.

In his first qualifying since the end of last season, Daniel Ricciardo managed to get through to Q2, but his teammate found himself in the bottom five.

Mercedes left their cars in the garage late in Q1, with Hamilton and George Russell both needing to set quick times late in the season. While Hamilton found the pace to progress, traffic meant Russell was unable to progress.

There was disappointment in Q2 for Ferrari, with Carlos Sainz narrowly missing out on a spot in the top 10, while track limits cost Pierre Gasly the chance to make it through to Q3 as he lost his fastest time.

Provisional qualifying result:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

3. Lando Norris (McLaren)

4. Oscar Piastri (McLaren)

5. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)

6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

7. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)

8. Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin)

9. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

10. Nico Hulkenberg (Haas)

11. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

12. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

13. Daniel Ricciardo (AlphaTauri)

14. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

15. Pierre Gasly (Alpine)

16. Alex Albon (Williams)

17. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

18. George Russell (Mercedes)

19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

20. Logan Sargeant (Williams)

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