As after every F1 Grand Prix, it’s time to find out the most amazing statistics, the records that were broken, the amazing series that is still going or that stopped dead last week…
George Russell took his first career pole position in Formula 1. After Sergio Pérez in Jeddah and Carlos Sainz in Silverstone, he is the third driver to take his first pole position this season.
He became the 105th poleman in F1 history, and this is the eighth pole position that Mercedes has secured in Hungary since 2010.
Sainz beat Charles Leclerc for the third time this year on Saturday, in 13 races. The Monegasque missed out on the front row for the third time this season.
Behind the Ferrari duo, Lando Norris set the fourth fastest time, which was not his best qualifying performance of the season, as he was third at Imola.
But Imola was a Sprint, which he finished fifth, thus starting the race in the third row. On the other hand, he equaled his best place on the grid of the season, as he was fourth in Jeddah.
This is McLaren’s best result in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix since 2012. At that time, the team was in pole position thanks to Lewis Hamilton.
Fifth, Ocon matched his best qualifying of the season. The Alpine F1 driver has already set the fifth fastest time in Jeddah and the Red Bull Ring.
Valtteri Bottas returned to Q3 for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix, after a run of six races without making it, and qualified eighth.
Behind him, Daniel Ricciardo reached Q3 for the first time since Canada, and it is the third time this season that two McLarens have reached the third part of qualifying, after Australia and Emilia-Romagna.
For Max Verstappen, only tenth in qualifying, this is the first time he has been worse than fourth this season. It was his worst qualifying since the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, barring two penalty-driven starts from the back of the grid, in Russia 2021 and Monza in 2019.
Qualifying 14th, Lance Stroll ended a streak of seven eliminations in Q1 while his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, missed out on Q3 at this circuit for the first time since 2008!
Max Verstappen’s victory, his 28th career, was the second in Red Bull history since the tenth place, a performance of Daniel Ricciardo at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion took advantage of the opportunity to lead his 50th race and climbed to his 70th podium. This is the first time the Dutchman has won by not starting on the first two rows of the grid.
It was the second time Verstappen won a Grand Prix that spun mid-race. At the 2019 German Grand Prix, he did a 360 on the track before winning.
It is also the second year in a row that the winner in Hungary did not start from the first two rows. Between 1986 and 2020, it also happened twice.
Lewis Hamilton scored his sixth podium of the season, his fifth in a row, and his 11th in Hungary. It was his 188th career hit. Thanks to the four laps led yesterday, he reached 487 laps in the lead at the Hungaroring, the record for a driver at the same circuit.
This is the second consecutive podium consisting of Verstappen, Hamilton and Russell in that order. This is the 31st time that Verstappen and Hamilton have scored a double in a Grand Prix, as many as … Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Thanks to the 28 laps led by Russell and Hamilton, Mercedes F1 has led more in this race than in the previous 12 combined since the start of the season.
Carlos Sainz crossed the finish line in fourth place for the second consecutive year in Hungary, but he was promoted to the podium on the green carpet last year.
For Charles Leclerc, this is the 11th Grand Prix out of 13 this year where he has led laps, but it is the eighth time this year that he has not finished in the top three. He continues a sad series, because he has never been on the podium in Hungary, regardless of the discipline.
Lando Norris finished in the points for the tenth time this season, and it was his third consecutive seventh place finish.
In Alpine F1, it was the eighth consecutive points entry for Fernando Alonso, who finished in the top 10 for the 11th time in a row at the Hungaroring. You have to go back to 2009, when he stopped, to see the Spaniard missing the points in Hungary.
This is the seventh time that two Alpine riders have finished in the points this year, and the third race in a row where this has happened.
Unlike Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly did not find the points, and his 12th place in Hungary was his fifth consecutive finish outside the top 10.
They were 19 to cross the finish line, Valtteri Bottas experienced a mechanical problem, but 20 pilots were classified. This is only the 13th time this has happened in F1 history, in 1070 Grands Prix.