Hungarian Grand Prix 2020 LIVE
- Lewis Hamilton targeting eighth win from pole
- Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll start 2nd and 3rd
- Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc lock out third row
- Max Verstappen crashes en route to the starting grid
Hungarian Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole for the seventh time at the Hungaroring
2.10pm: Red Bull have done it. Incredible work from Verstappen’s team. Let’s see if this impacts his performance today.
2.08pm: We’re moments away from the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix! Who are you backing to win today’s race?
2.03pm: It looks like Red Bull might just get this done. Verstappen’s having a new push-rod fitted. Two minutes to go before the five-minute deadline.
1.58pm: Penny for Verstappen’s thoughts? His Red Bull team-mates are working on his RB16 but it could be touch and go whether he can even take part in this race. His suspension appears to be damaged and that might mean it’s curtains.
1.55pm: Hamilton and his F1 rivals make a stand against racism prior to the Hungarian national anthem. The Mercedes driver, along with most of his rivals, once again takes a knee.
1.54pm: Verstappen’s out of his cockpit and taking a look at the damage on the grid. This might be a taste of what’s to come in greasy on-track conditions. Horner and Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko look worried on the pit wall.
1.51pm: Calamity for Verstappen as he somehow skids off the track and into the barriers at Turn 12 during a parade lap. He’s been forced to limp back to the grid where Red Bull will assess the damage. His race might be over before it’s begun! A new nose and front wing will be required.
1.47pm: The last time a car outside of F1’s current ‘big three’ won the Hungarian Grand Prix was in 2012. That year Hamilton came out on top but, of course, he was behind the wheel of a McLaren at the time.
In the subsequent seven races, Mercedes have racked up four wins, Ferrari have recorded two and Red Bull have secured one victory. Racing Point will be hoping to pull off a surprise result with Stroll and Perez flying this weekend. Can they do it?
1.42pm: Wolff has ruled out Mercedes using opposing strategies for Hamilton and Bottas to make today’s race more interesting. The reigning champions did just that when Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were team-mates but the Austrian says it’s too early at this stage – despite Mercedes’ dominance.
“We are at a stage of the season where, into the third racing weekend and there are probably 15 more to go, I wouldn’t take it easy,” Wolff said.
“I don’t want to make a decision here that could be negligent, throw away valuable points and find myself in a position where Red Bull comes back strong at the end of the season, and we’ve been a little bit foolish and complacent. In that respect, I’m not saying no to alternative race strategies. I’m not sure I want to deploy this tomorrow in Hungary.”
Hungarian Grand Prix 2020: Lewis Hamilton has Michael Schumacher’s records in his sights
1.38pm: Hamilton has posted a heartfelt message to his 17.9m followers on Instagram. The six-time champion, who is leading F1’s fight against discrimination and inequality, has taken a knee prior to the first two Grands Prix of 2020.
“The time is now to fight for whatever you feel is right, change is coming!” Hamilton wrote. “It will take us working together and I dream of our future, where our kids don’t have to feel what it’s like to be discriminated against.
“Thank you to those of you for learning and opening your heart to change. Today I’m racing for you guys because we win and we lose together.”
1.35pm: We’re 35 minutes out from the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix! Hamilton and co. are racing 13 miles north-east of Hungary’s capital Budapest today. The 35-year-old is going for his third win on the spin on the circuit, which is just over 2.7 miles long.
1.32pm: Does Vettel have any regrets about leaving Red Bull for Ferrari? Short answer: no.
“No, no I don’t,” Vettel told Sky Sports F1‘s Martin Brundle. “That’s the truth. We had a blast. Ferrari has always been a dream of mine. For the right reasons I think I was attracted by that ‘attractive red-haired woman’.”
1.30pm: Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur was hugely disappointed to see Raikkonen and Giovinazzi end up in the last row. “Today’s performance is far from where we expected to be and we will need to find the reasons for this result,” Vasseur said.
“We had made steps forward in the two races in Austria but we still have a lot of work ahead of us to get to the level where we need to be. The race tomorrow will be difficult: we hope to have better pace, but starting on the back row, Kimi and Antonio will have their work cut out. We’ll still give 100 per cent, though, and see where that gets us.”
1.25pm: Williams chief Claire Williams is delighted her team are back on the up with Russell and Latifi behind the wheel. Both drivers got out of Q1 together for the first time yesterday, with Russell narrowly missing out on a place in the top 10.
“We’re back racing again,” Williams said. “That’s why Williams is in this sport – to go racing. And we finally feel we’re doing that. The guys have been practising all their operations and now they can finally use that learning and do a great job in the Grands Prix.”
1.20pm: How can Bottas end Hamilton’s reign as the king of F1? Disrupt him. Well, that’s the opinion of Damon Hill, who memorably followed in his father Graham’s footsteps by securing the World Drivers’ Championship in 1996.
“[Bottas] just needs to find out how to pile pressure on Lewis,” said Hill. “And if that means – I don’t know – doing psychological stuff, that Nico [Rosberg] alluded to, to make Lewis lose his equilibrium, maybe he has to do that. It’s not something I would do. I don’t know how you do it, frankly I don’t know what you do to upset Lewis. He seems pretty impregnable.”
1.15pm: We may be in for a wet race after some light rain in Hungary this afternoon. That might just play into the hands of Ferrari, who saw Vettel go fastest in those conditions during Free Practice 3 on Friday.
The SF1000 was 10km/hour slower than Racing Point’s RP20 through the speed trap in qualifying. However, a slower race round this windy, short circuit would be a positive for team principal Mattia Binotto. There’s a 40 per cent chance of rain at present.
1.10pm: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has admitted yesterday was far from ideal for the Milton Keynes-based team. “Today’s qualifying performance was not what we have come to expect as a team and we simply didn’t have enough speed,” Horner said.
“There are some unexpected behaviours in the cars and we need to understand the cause of this quickly. We now have to work hard as a team in order to get as much as we can out of the race tomorrow and ensure we have some points on the table and understand the car behaviour we are experiencing this weekend.”
1.05pm: Hamilton and Bottas starting from first and second today means Mercedes have tied Ferrari’s record of 65 front row lock outs. They would have equalled the achievement a race earlier had the Brit not been given a three-place grid penalty at the Austrian Grand Prix earlier this month.
Team principal Toto Wolff believes it is Mercedes’ “race to lose” and is taking nothing for granted, with Racing Point showing strong pace here this weekend. Can Stroll and Perez cause an upset today? Stranger things have happened.
1pm: At the opposite end of the grid, it’s the Alfa Romeo’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi bringing up the rear. Haas’ Romain Grosjean and AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat – once again outqualified by team-mate Pierre Gasly – fill the penultimate row.
Kevin Magnussen starts from 15th, just adrift of Williams’ Nicholas Latifi, who enjoyed his best ever F1 qualifying showing yesterday. The Canadian’s team-mate George Russell offered another glimpse of his immense talent by securing 12th on the starting grid.
Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Red Bull’s Albon are sandwiched between the two Williams, with Daniel Ricciardo 11th on the grid. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz of McLaren, plus Gasly, complete the top 10.
12.45pm: Good afternoon and welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix! Lewis Hamilton starts on pole at the Hungaroring for the seventh time and he’s sure to be fired up as he goes in search of a record-equalling eighth win in Mogyorod.
Only the legendary Michael Schumacher has won eight times at a specific race and it’s just one of his records in Hamilton’s sights. The Mercedes driver, who set a new track record yesterday, is six Grand Prix victories away from matching Schumacher’s all-time haul of 91.
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Current World Drivers’ Championship leader Valtteri Bottas joins Hamilton on the front row, with last year’s pole-sitter Max Verstappen all the way down in seventh. Red Bull struggled in qualifying, with Alex Albon 13th on the grid this afternoon.
Ferrari have reason for optimism after posting their best qualifying results of 2020 this weekend. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc start in fifth and sixth respectively after Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez locked out the third row.
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