Max Verstappen is on a roll lately. He’s won two of the last three Formula One races and will now start his No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda on the pole for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Verstappen, circled the 2.722-mile road course with a time of 1:14.572-seconds en route to his first career F1 pole.
The Red Bull driver was also second in all three practice sessions this weekend to go along with having three top five finishes in four tries in Hungary and a top five finish in literally every race run this season. He was .8-seconds clear of his teammate Pierre Gasly who will start sixth in his No. 10 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda.
He gives Red Bull just their fourth pole in the hybrid era (Monaco 2016, Monaco 2018 and Mexico 2018) all of which were by Daniel Ricciardo. He’s also the 100th pole sitter in F1 competition.
Verstappen, beat the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas (1:14.590-seconds) and Lewis Hamilton (1:14.769-seconds) by .018-seconds and .197-seconds respectively.
Bottas, crashed in the first practice session of the weekend and was fourth in the final two sessions. Hamilton, was first in two of the three practices and third in the middle session. He’s won this race in two of the last three years.
The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc (1:15.043-seconds) and Sebastian Vettel (1:15.071-seconds) rounded out the top five in qualifying.
Hungarian Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas
Row 2: Lewis Hamilton, Charles LeClerc
Row 3: Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly
Row 4: Lando Norris R, Carlos Sainz Jr.
Row 5: Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 6: Nico Hulkenberg, Alex Albon R
Row 7: Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi R
Row 8: Kevin Magnussen, George Russell R
Row 9: Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo
Row 10: Lance Stroll, Robert Kubica