Hamilton beats Verstappen and Norris to Hungarian GP pole in a qualifying thriller. Image: @F1

BREAKING: Hamilton beats Verstappen to Hungarian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton got his 104th pole ahead of Max Verstappen and Lando Norris during the Hungarian GP qualifier.


Hamilton beats Verstappen and Norris to Hungarian GP pole in a qualifying thriller. Image: @F1

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton secured his first pole in over 18 months during qualifying thriller at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon.

The 38-year-old charged his way to pole getting the better of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris in what what a close qualifying session.

This is Hamilton’s first pole since the closing stages of the 2021 season. The last time he was on top after Q3 qualifying was back in Saudi Arabia 2021.

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Hamilton secures pole for the first time this year

In a session that saw Pirelli’s ‘Alternative Tyre Allocation’ in play, which enforced hard tyres for Q1, medium tyres for Q2 and soft tyres for Q3, Hamilton managed to find a balance, unlike his teammate George Russell, who was eliminated in Q3.

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The seven time F1 champions’s improvement on his second run demoted Verstappen to second by just 0.003s.

The reigning F1 champions failed to find pace in his second run, which allowed the Brit to get his first pole of the year.

Hamilton said after the session that the team(Mercedes) had worked so hard throughout the year.

““It’s been a crazy year and a half, I’ve lost my voice from shouting so much in the car. It’s amazing, that feeling. I feel so grateful to be up here because the team have work so hard, we’ve been pushing so hard over this time. To finally get a pole, it just feels like the first time,” Hamilton said.

Lando Norris was eight hundredths further back in third, supported by rookie team mate Oscar Piastri in another strong showing from McLaren.

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Zhou Guanyu was another star of qualifying as he took a high-flying fifth, followed by the lead Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and team mate Valtteri Bottas, who underlined Alfa Romeo’s strong pace around the twisty Hungaroring circuit.

Alonso, who started the season well, had to settle for eighth.