Briton Lewis Hamilton will start again from pole position after 84 days of the last time, in the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will be held this Sunday at the Hungaroring circuit, where the world champion is the highest historical winner.
The Mercedes team regained its tonicity after a period in which it was overtaken by the Red Bulls, so much so that the Dutchman Max verstappen He took the opportunity to jump for the first time in his career to the top of the positions in the championship that still has him as the leader, with a difference of eight points over the Englishman.
But in Hungary, Lewis hamilton will have as a squire in the game his teammate, the Finn Valtteri Bottas, who will start second and ahead of Verstappen, who in qualifying could not exceed the third time.
The battle between Hamilton and Verstappen reaches the outskirts of Budapest not only with the heat of the Hungarian summer, but also with the embers that the British sowed two weeks ago at Silverstone, where he won but after having taken the Dutch off the track when he was just he was leading the second lap of the race.
Verstappen and Hamilton greet each other in the pits on Saturday in Hungary. (EFE)
At the Hungaroring, where he has already accumulated eight victories, the world champion will seek not only to regain the top of the championship but also to achieve his 100th victory in the Formula 1, thus becoming the first driver in history to reach the three figures in the record of triumphs of the highest category of world motorsport.
Another round at the Hungarian Grand Prix
By winning the classification this Saturday, Lewis Hamilton raised his own all-time F1 pole position record to 101, by covering the 4,318 meters of the Hungarian track in one minute, 15 seconds and 419 thousandths, 315 less than his teammate Valtteri Bottas; while the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the World Cup, was 516 thousandths.
The Mexican Sergio perez He will start fourth, in the second row, next to his Dutch teammate; while the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) will do it from ninth place, in the fifth row and ahead of the German Sebastian vettel (Aston Martin).
The French Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) -fif- and English Lando Norris (McLaren) They will start from the third row; while the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and the gaul Esteban Ocon (Alpine), who finished eighth in qualifying, they will do so from fourth.
Hamilton greets the stands. The Dutch fans booed him as he passed. (AFP)
Hamilton had not achieved pole heading into Sunday since May 9, when he started first in the Spanish Grand Prix and also achieved victory in the Catalan circuit of Montmeló.
In Hungary, not only can he extend his historical record of victories in the premier class to one hundred, but he could also become the first of all time to win the same Grand Prix nine times; so far, Michael Schumacher He prevailed in France eight times: the same as the English in Great Britain and at the Hungaroring.
The Dutch fans who occupied the grandstands of the circuit on the outskirts of Budapest they made themselves felt with signs of disapproval before the passage of Hamilton, who is targeted for the incident he starred in with Verstappen at Silverstone.
“We have pushed everyone, everywhere and I am very happy; I’ve never felt so good about these boos, I don’t care“commented a sarcastic 36-year-old Hamilton.
Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are bathed in champagne on the podium at the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, when the Briton won for the eighth time at the Hungaroring.
Verstappen, for his part, feels that he will have to put the maximum effort into the race because “throughout the weekend” the Red Bulls have “been a little behind” the Mercedes and in the qualifying round “it was the same”.
The start of the Hungarian Grand Prix this Sunday will be at 10, Argentina time. There will be 70 laps of the 4,381-meter circuit to cover the 306,630 kilometers.
You will see live and direct by Star Action, of the premium grid of pay TV systems, which in Cablevisión is on channel 263, while in DirecTV it is in 1561.
Deferred, meanwhile, it will be broadcast on ESPN 3 (Channels 104 of Cablevisión and 623 of DirecTV) at 16 (from Argentina).
In addition to the TV screen options, it is also possible to watch the season of Formula 1 Through its own platform (F1 TV Pro), with the contracting of the package of all the competitions, in addition to the training and qualification tests.