George claims his maiden F1 pole position in Budapest
George clinches his maiden Formula One Pole Position at the Hungaroring.
As the rain poured across the Hungaroring circuit, free practice three was declared wet.
Making a steady start to the day, George joined the session after 15 minutes on a set of Wet Pirelli tyres.
Struggling against tyre warm-up, George placed into P15 on his first run before returning to the pits.
Heading back out on another set of Wets, George ran off the track but managed to keep his W13 machine out of the barrier before returning to the garage.
A crash for Sebastian Vettel brought out a red flag in the final nine minutes of the race but the Aston Martin was retrieved with four minutes left on the clock.
In the final moments of the session, George delivered his best lap time of 1.43.434 on the Intermediate tyres, ending the final practice in P5 ahead of the afternoon’s all-important Qualifying.
With the rain moving away after free practice and the track drying rapidly, George headed out for Q1 on the Soft tyres to place into P3 on his first run.
Dropping down to P6, George pitted for fresh Soft tyres to put in his final flying lap and secure his place into Q2 in P2.
As the rain clouds gathered in the distance, George immediately took to the track on Used Softs and put himself into P4 early in the session before dropping down into P10.
In his final run, George improved into P7 to clinch his place in the final qualifying battle.
Donning the Used Softs for Q3, George placed into P2 on his first run with a 1.17.968 before returning to the pits.
Making a late return to the track, George delivered a blistering lap to take him to the top of the timings and claim his maiden pole position.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
I'm over the moon and absolutely buzzing. Yesterday was disastrous for us and probably the worst Friday of the season. The team was working so hard last night and we were able to make a big step forward. In Formula 1 there are so many fine margins and when you get in that perfect window, your car will just fly, which we managed to do in today's conditions.
We didn't know what direction to go in but on the last lap I came across the line, looked at the screen and saw we went P1, which was such an incredible feeling.
We need to look into our performance from today and understand where it came from. We have a few ideas, but don't fully understand it yet. Getting this result today is really huge for all of us. I'm so happy for the whole team and we will do our best to have a great day tomorrow and give it our all.