Event: Hungarian Grand Prix
Track: Hungaroring

Warm-up lap starts at: 15:00 Local | 15:00 CET | 14:00 UK | 06:00 LA | 22:00 Tokio

The Mercedes team is back in front of Red Bull this weekend and will start from front row again for the second time this season.

In the last stint during qualifying Hamilton did seem to give both Red Bull's a hard time to get in time to the finish line during the warm-up lap by driving very slowly. Max Verstappen just made it before the countdown reached 0, but Sergio Perez who drove behind Max Verstappen was too late.

F1 Starting Grid 2021 Hungarian GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap Tyres
    1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15,419 🟡M (C3)
    2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:15,734 +0,315s 🟡M (C3)
    3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15,840 +0,421s 🔴S (C4)
    4 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:16,421 +1,002s 🔴S (C4)
    5 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:16,483 +1,064s 🔴S (C4)
    6 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:16,489 +1,070s 🔴S (C4)
    7 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:16,496 +1,077s 🔴S (C4)
    8 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:16,653 +1,234s 🔴S (C4)
    9 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:16,715 +1,296s 🔴S (C4)
  10 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:16,750 +1,331s 🔴S (C4)
  11 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:16,871 +1,452s Free
  12 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:16,893 +1,474s Free
  13 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:17,564 +2,145s Free
  14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:17,583 +2,164s Free
  15 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 0:00,000 - Free
  16 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:17,919 +2,500s Free
  17 63 George Russell Williams 1:17,944 +2,525s Free
  18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:18,036 +2,617s Free
  19 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:18,922 +3,503s Free
  20 47 *Mick Schumacher Haas - Free

Penalties: Mick Schumacher, Haas car 47 - 5 place grid penalty - Replacement gearbox

Possible 2021 Hungarian F1 GP  Race Strategies

The 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix is finely balanced between a one-stop and a two-stop strategy, with both approaches valid for the race, but a two-stopper being on paper quickest.

A lot will depend on two factors: starting tyres and temperatures. Those starting on the P Zero Red soft C4 tyre could favour a two-stopper, with a number of potential options involving a switch to the P Zero Yellow medium C3 tyre for the last two stints or possibly even a final run on the soft tyre at the end of the race – especially if there is scope to score an extra championship point for fastest lap. Using all three compounds is another viable possibility.

However, with the notorious difficulty of overtaking at the Hungaroring, track position is key; so this could encourage more drivers towards a one-stopper. Those starting on the medium tyre can definitely make that strategy work, by switching to the P Zero White hard C2 tyre for the remainder of the race. But soft to hard is also possible, although slower.

The weather will probably be the deciding factor. Up to now, there have been record track temperatures, and the predicted rain has so far failed to materialise substantially.

F1 Starting Grid 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

2021 Hungarian F1 GP Race Notes

  1. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his 101st career pole ahead of his team mate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fastest in the first two qualifying sessions, before Hamilton sealed pole by going quickest of all in the decisive Q3 session.
  2. Following the record-breaking temperatures on Friday, qualifying was once again run in very warm conditions: 31 degrees ambient and 54 degrees on track at the start of the hour.
  3. Both Mercedes and Red Bull started on the P Zero Yellow medium tyres during the crucial Q2 session, but just the two Mercedes set their fastest times on this compound – meaning that they will be the only cars in the top 10 to begin the grand prix on the yellow medium C3 tyre, from first and second. Red Bull went for a different strategy, improving with the soft.
  4. The Q2 session was interrupted with around five minutes left to go following an accident for Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz. This meant that there was a rush to set the final Q2 times right at the end of the session, with the track rapidly evolving.

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5 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Starting Grid 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

  1. ReallyOldRacer

    With the front row lockout and a tire advantage this looks like a MB 1-2 unless something entertaining happens on the first lap. C'mon boys, get in there and give us a show.

  2. shroppyfly

    Bottas, you make me laugh

    But after emerging from his W12 with pole position secured, Hamilton was met with whistles and boos from large sections of the crowd down the main straight.

    Hamilton said he would use it as “fuel”, but Bottas could not accept that kind of behviour towards his team-mate.

    “I don’t normally [talk] about these kind of things, what I think, but I heard a lot of booing at end of qualifying and I don’t understand it,” he told reporters.

    “I would like the people to question themselves and the behaviour, which I don’t think is fair.

    “We are here as athletes to give every single thing we have to the sport we love, and Lewis did an amazing lap at the end and then you get booing.

    “So, the people, just question yourself; it’s not right, it’s not fair and we don’t want to see these kind of things.”

    So Bottas thinks only cheerings allowed how naive is that, fair.. , life's not fair mr bottass, stop martyring yourself like toto and hamm do and show some balls, instead of licking totos to get a job for next year

    • ReallyOldRacer

      There ya' go, a legitimate BOTbash, or was it a HAMhug? You confuse me. Beginning to seem like Toto told Val that if he behaves himself he can have the seat next year and have a shot at doing a Nico. I doubt BOT's naivete. lol

  3. shroppyfly

    In the uk there is a law , probably in other countries too , where if a persons words incite a mob or racist/violent behaviour then that's a crime SO.
    Whats hamilton saying?

    Reminded he had told Herbert he uses the booing as “fuel”, Hamilton said to Formula 1: “It’s not a surprise to me given the things that have been said from the heads of that team that have incited that, right?

    Pushing it a bit there Hamster i think , maybe they just don't like you?

  4. Ian

    When you go a bit deeper into each of these driver's bios, they tend to emerge as characters you can empathise with, given their parental influences, dedication etc.
    The real circus is on the sidelines eh?


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