Sport Hamilton pleasantly surprised by Mercedes pace in Hungary

03:47  01 august  2021
03:47  01 august  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Lewis Hamilton described Mercedes ’ pace as ' surprising ' compared to Ferrari's at Monza after he finished FP2 in second place on Friday, just behind leader Charles Leclerc. The Mercedes driver spoke after a tough pair of practice sessions in which red flags and rain hampered the teams’ running. Leclerc began Ferrari’s homecoming on the warpath by leading both Monza sessions, but Mercedes may have something up their sleeve. Hamilton was taken aback by the Silver Arrows’ speed after he split the two scarlet cars in FP2, just 0.068s adrift of Leclerc.

Lewis Hamilton took his first pole position in seven races with a scintillating lap in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, locking out the front row with Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas as the Briton’s championship rival Max Verstappen had to settle for third. The seven-time world champion got the job done on his first run in Q3, setting a lap that was three tenths of a second quicker than his Red Bull rival. On the second runs, Hamilton got out of the garage first and ambled down the pit lane, keeping an eye on his mirrors with Verstappen close behind.

Lewis Hamilton was shocked by Mercedes' superiority in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix as he continued to apply pressure to world championship leader Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

a close up of Lewis Hamilton © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton closed the gap in the standings to eight points after his controversial win at Silverstone last time out, where a collision between the seven-time world champion and Verstappen on the opening lap led to the latter retiring.

The fallout from that flashpoint has dominated the build-up to this race and Hamilton was booed by spectators after securing pole position for Sunday's race at the Hungaroring.

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Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of the two Racing Point Formula 1 cars in the opening practice session of the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix. Red Bull, Mercedes ' closest rival in the opening races of the season, had a low key start to the weekend with P8 and P13 for Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, while Ferrari again finished well adrift of the practice pacesetters. Under cloudy skies at the Hungaroring, Verstappen set the pace in the initial with a 1m19.536s - sparking his way around the track on the hard tyres.

Max Verstappen will look to get the edge over Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix after their Max Verstappen will bid to extend his lead over Lewis Hamilton in Hungary . Max Verstappen is next and he splits the two Mercedes drivers. Verstappen was going quicker in the early part of the Disappointing session for Ricciardo too who was well off the pace of his teammate Norris.

Valtteri Bottas closed out a Mercedes front row, with that dominance surprising Hamilton given his team have spent much of the season to date grappling with the problem of Red Bull's superior speed.

"Definitely, definitely not," Hamilton said when asked whether he had expected to be faster than Verstappen and Sergio Perez, who qualified fourth.

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"This is a track that they’ve been very strong at for a long time. And given the improvements they made earlier on this year, we thought that we obviously closed the gap a little bit in the last race but we thought they would still have a little bit of an edge.

"We saw today that they changed from their big wing to their smaller wing today. Whether or not that’s hampered them, I don’t know but yeah, it was definitely a real surprise to see us have that sort of pace on them. Of course we’re happy with that."

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Bottas knocked Max Verstappen off the top of the timesheets to set the pace ahead of Hamilton on the opening day of practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton and Verstappen head into the weekend with tensions between them simmering after a controversial collision at the last race in Britain. They could leave Sunday's race level on points if the Briton, gunning for a landmark 100th victory and record ninth in Hungary , wins ahead of his Red Bull rival with the fastest lap.

Lewis Hamilton has no doubts that Mercedes have the pace to triumph in a "super tight" three-way battle with Ferrari and Red Bull at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The battle for the drivers' title in Formula One this season has largely been waged between Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. But for the first time this season there appears a genuine three-way tussle for the chequered flag as Daniel Ricciardo topped the time sheets in both of Friday's practice sessions for Red Bull. Hamilton , who boasts more wins at the Hungaroring than any other driver, but was down in fifth after FP2.

Mercedes are just four points shy of Red Bull in the constructors' standings and Hamilton is glad to have Bottas for company on the front row as he plots the path to what would be the 100th victory of his F1 career.

"Valtteri did an astonishing job, really boosting the team into the front row, which is honestly… I don’t remember the last time we had a front row together," he added.

"So super positive and it's all down to the amazing work back at the factory and the men and women here are doing a phenomenal job and with everything going on around us, in the outside world and everything.

"People are just staying focused and staying centred and I’m really proud of everyone."

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