Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying: Max Verstappen beats Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to score first pole position of his career

3 Aug

Max Verstappen held off the challenge from Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to secure the first pole position of his career for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Just six days after his sublime drive to victory in the rain at Hockenheim, Verstappen thrilled his travelling orange army once more with another imperious display.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has sparked life back into the F1 season by taking on Mercedes duo Hamilton and Bottas
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The 21-year-old lit up the time sheets with a Hungaroring track record, finishing just 0.016 seconds ahead of Bottas with reigning Formula 1 champion Hamilton in third, two tenths back.

Verstappen crossed the line first, his lap greeted with huge cheers from the main grandstand, and despite late improvements by both Bottas and Hamilton, the Mercedes duo were unable to usurp the flying Dutchman.

The Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel line up fourth and fifth with Verstappen’s team-mate Pierre Gasly sixth.

Leclerc hit the wall in Q1 after losing control of his Ferrari at the final corner. But swift repairs by his team allowed the Monegasque to carry on.

Max Verstappen celebrates the first pole position of his F1 career
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“The car has felt good all weekend and it was flying in qualifying,” said Verstappen, moments after capturing pole.

“I am very happy about today. There is still a race to do and that is the most important thing.”

Hamilton, who holds a 63-point lead over Verstappen in the standings, said: “We always target first, but it got away from me.

“We are in a good position to fight for the win so we will be pushing hard for the victory tomorrow.

“I am always down for a fight. It is a long way down to turn one. It is not easy to overtake but hopefully we can give them a run for their money.”

Who is on pole for Australian Grand Prix: UK race start time, TV channel and live stream for 2019 F1 season opener in Melbourne

15 Mar

Formula One is set to roar back into life this weekend with the 2019 season getting underway at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is looking for a sixth world championship after lifting the title once again last season.

Lewis Hamilton will begin his F1 title defence at the Australian Grand Prix

And he has made quite the start to his season, setting a new track record – and then beating it again – to take pole position in Melbourne.

Hamilton clocked a one minute 21.014-second lap in Q2 and went more than half a second faster to claim his 84th career pole and sixth consecutive at Albert Park.

He will start alongside team-mate Valtteri Bottas while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third, 0.704 seconds behind the five-time world champion.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was 0.130 seconds further behind and Vettel’s new team-mate Charles Leclerc starts fifth ahead of Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.

When is the Australian Grand Prix?

The Australian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, March 17 with the race set to get underway at 5.10am UK time or 4.10pm in Melbourne.

What TV channel is the Australian Grand Prix on and can I live stream it?

The Australian Grand Prix will be live on Sky Sports F1 from 3.30am on Sunday.

Non-Sky Sports subscribers can watch the race on TV by ordering a NOW TV Day Pass for £8.99.

To live stream the race, log into your Sky Go account.

Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix last season

Where is the Australian Grand Prix held?

As has been the case since 1996, the Australian Grand Prix will be held at Albert Park, Melbourne.

Drivers will race 58 laps.

Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel has won the race in the last two seasons while Hamilton last won it for Mercedes in 2015.

Formula One 2019: Driver line-up

Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Ferrari: Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc

Red Bull: Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly

Renault: Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg

Haas: Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen

Mclaren: Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris

Racing Point: Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll

Alfa Romeo: Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi

Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat and Alex Albon

Williams: George Russell and Robert Kubica