George Russell, a Mercedes driver, astonished both himself and Formula 1 with a surprising first-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Ferrari drivers Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc were edged out by the Briton, while championship leader Max Verstappen finished 10th due to engine issues.
Lando Norris of McLaren finished fourth, ahead of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso of Alpine.
Lewis Hamilton, a teammate of Russell, finished eighth and was 0.765 seconds slower.
On his final run, Hamilton’s DRS overtaking assistance failed. Prior to it, on their opening runs in the final session, he had behind Russell by less than 0.2 seconds.
Russell defeated Sainz by 0.044 seconds to claim his first career pole in the most dramatic fashion. In third place, Leclerc was 0.146 seconds behind his teammate.
And because it sprang out of nowhere, it was much more stunning.
Mercedes struggled in Saturday’s drenched final practice session in addition to being much off the pace on Friday.
Although he finished 0.463 seconds behind Sainz in the final session, Russell was second quickest after the first laps in qualifying, giving a hint as to what may be possible.
But on his penultimate lap, he added a new dimension, cutting his own time by 0.463 seconds.
Corey said: “We didn’t really know where to go, and then on the last lap, I went through Turn One, massive; Turn Two, mega, and the lap time just kept coming. Yesterday was definitely our worst Friday of the entire season.
“Investigate it and determine where that originated from.
“We didn’t get any points today, but we’re still going for it.”
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