Starting Grid 2019 Hungarian F1 GP

Top 3 qualifiers 2019 Hungarian F1 GP: 1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton , 3. Bottas

Event: Hungarian Grand Prix
Track: Hungaroring

Start time: 15:10 (local) | 14:10 GMT | 06:10 PT

Dutch driver Max Verstappen had the honour to go into the record books as driver number 100 to score a pole position in Formula 1 history since 1950.

After a thrilling qualifying session between the 3 top teams it was the 21 year old Verstappen who came out as quickest by being just 0.018 sec. faster than one of  his rivals in the Mercedes, the Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas.

Pole position in Hungary is very important as 46% of all race wins in the history of the Hungarian GP are won from pole position. 18% is won from P2, while P3 is even more in favour of a race win with 21% drivers that won from that starting position in the 33 grand prix' that are already hosted on the Hungaroring.

Below you can see the complete starting grid for tomorrows 34th Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix

Start Grid 2019 Hungarian F1 GP

Pos No Driver Team Lap Time Pole gap
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14,572
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:14,590 +0,018s
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14,769 +0,197s
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:15,043 +0,471s
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:15,071 +0,499s
6 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:15,450 +0,878s
7 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:15,800 +1,228s
8 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:15,852 +1,280s
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:16,013 +1,441s
10 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:16,518 +1,946s
11 27 Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:16,565 +1,993s
12 23 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1:16,687 +2,115s
13 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:16,692 +2,120s
14 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:16,122 +1,550s
15 63 George Russell Williams 1:17,031 +2,459s
16 11 Sergio Pérez Racing Point 1:17,109 +2,537s
17 99 *Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:16,804 +2,232s
18 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:17,542 +2,970s
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams 1:18,324 +3,752s
20 3 *Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:17,257 +2,685s

*Penalties:

  • Antonio Giovinazzi (99) Alfa Romeo Racing 3 places grid penalty for impeding another driver during qualifying.
  • Daniel Ricciardo (3) Renault has to start from the back of the grid because additional power unit elements are used.

Here you see the onboard footage of the quickest lap ever around the Hungaroring with Max Verstappen:

Possible Hungarian GP Race Strategies

Verstappen set his fastest Q2 time on the medium, which means that he will start the race on this compound. Verstappen took his first-ever pole and received his Pirelli Pole Position Award from English actor Jeremy Irvine, who starred in the epic movie 'War Horse'.

Starting Grid 2019 Hungarian F1 GP

The optimal race strategy for the 70-lap Hungarian Grand Prix should be a one-stopper. The fastest is to go from soft to medium, changing from lap 24-30, but a medium to hard strategy, swapping from laps 30 to 35, is very close and has the advantage of minimising degradation.

Slightly slower than that is to run the soft for 22 to 28 laps before switching to the hard. A two-stopper is less efficient, also because track position is particularly key at the Hungaroring, due to the difficulty of overtaking on the tight and twisty track. If a two-stopper is adopted, soft-medium-medium would be the optimal way to go, removing the softs after 16 to 20 laps.

The big question mark is the weather: following the not so warm conditions (for Hungary) up to now, nobody has an accurate picture of wear and degradation on the soft tyre in particular if conditions become warmer.

Points of interest 2019 Hungarian GP

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 03, 2019 in Budapest, (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 03, 2019 in Budapest, (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Weather. Conditions were mixed yesterday, and reasonably warm today, with qualifying getting underway in 27 degrees centigrade ambient and 48 degrees of track temperature. The race is expected to be dry, but this forecast is far from certain.

Strategy. Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull all set their best times on the medium tyre in Q2. They will all start the race on this compound, locking out the top six places on the grid.

McLaren. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have been consistently quick all weekend, with the sinuous track suiting the characteristics of their car. They line up best of the rest, seventh and eighth on the grid, and the highest-placed cars to start on the faster soft tyres.

Williams. After bringing an upgrade to Germany and scoring points, Williams took another step forward with a strong qualifying performance in Hungary, after George Russell nearly got through to Q2 and out-qualified some big names.

✅ Check out Drivers Post-Quali Comments 2019 Hungarian F1 GP
✅ Check out 2019 Hungarian F1 GP Qualifying Report & Classification
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