Landmark Verstappen pole in more ways than one

Mark Scott

Max Verstappen finally ended his run without a pole in Formula 1 at the Hungarian GP and became the 100th different pole sitter.

Here is how qualifying day unfolded…

Ahead of FP3, Daniel Ricciardo caught up with an old friend at Red Bull, namely Red Bull’s chief engineer, Paul Monaghan.

Today is a day where we also remember the late Jules Bianchi. Saturday, August 3 2019 would have marked his 30th birthday.

Dark rain clouds loomed over the Hungaroring with conditions set to be mixed throughout the day, just like Friday practice.

And drivers would lose more precious track time due to a massive oil spill which occurred in the Formula 2 race prior to FP3. It prompted a 10-minute delay and cut final practice down to 50 minutes.

Just look at the mess! The first few drivers brave enough to go through it created a huge cloud of dust.

Another very tight session followed, with the top three separated by a mere 0.082 seconds. Roll on qualifying!

Verstappen set a new lap record in Q1 – a 1:15.817 to send an early warning to Mercedes and Ferrari.

Leclerc was pushing too hard to catch him as he spun at the final turn and slammed into the barriers. His rear wing was damaged but he survived a total write-off.

Kubica, Stroll, Ricciardo, Perez and Russell were eliminated in Q1.

A superb effort from Russell in the Williams who missed out on Q2 by under a tenth.

Hamilton topped Q2 with Verstappen just 0.025s behind as the top five committed to medium tyres at the race start.

Magnussen, Giovinazzi, Kvyat, Albon and Hulkenberg missed out on the top 10.

A 1:14.958 from Verstappen sent the Dutch fans wild as he broke his own lap record and laid down a marker to Mercedes after the first Q3 runs.

Verstappen held on, his first ever pole in Formula 1 at long last and the 100th different pole sitter in the history of the sport.

Bottas trailed him by a mere 0.018s with Hamilton in P3.

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