George Russell - Pole Position 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix
George Russell Performs A Mercedes Miracle To Secure Pole Position In Hungary
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Mercedes man of the moment George Russell secured his first career pole position in qualifying for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. It was a totally unexpected result because the Mercedes has lacked pace from the start of the first race of the season let alone from Friday’s practice onwards in Hungary. After a lot of head scratching and a late night spent with more head-scratching sessions, Mercedes wearily got on with the job in the build-up to qualifying.

A Mercedes on pole position in 2022 looked out of the question from the very first race. However, a recent upturn in form meant 4th and 5th looked like an outside bet, a few tenths behind the leading pack of Ferrari and Red Bull. Mercedes have experienced a torrid first half of the season suffering all manner of issues with the car. Notably, the team experienced the worst of porpoising.

George Russell - 2022 Hungarian Grand prix Qualifying - Paddock Pose

So considering just how badly Mercedes started the season, enduring some tough and humiliating form, for George Russell to bag pole position for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix is nothing short of a miracle. OK, maybe it’s over the top to say it was a miracle, let’s just say the data analysis and revisions made have netted a healthy return.

Russell secured pole ahead of the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen suffered a reliability issue and could only muster 10th on the grid in his Red Bull. Russell’s teammate Lewis Hamilton suffered a DRS issue and had to abort his final flying lap. So, Russell gets his first career pole, but as I always say Sunday is where the real work begins and where the points are won or lost.

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Results:

1 George Russell Mercedes 1:17.377

2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 0.044s

3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.190s

4 Lando Norris McLaren 0.392s

5 Esteban Ocon Alpine 0.641s

6 Fernando Alonso Alpine 0.701s

7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.765s

8 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo Racing 0.780s

9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1.002s

10 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.446s

11 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:18.516

12 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo Racing 0.057s

13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 0.309s

14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 0.621s

15 Mick Schumacher Haas 0.686s

16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:19.240

17 Alex Albon Williams 0.016s

18 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 0.033s

19 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 0.287s

20 Nicholas Latifi Williams 0.330s

George Russell - Pole Position 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix
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