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    Flying McLaren and reinvigorated Red Bull spell bad news for Mercedes.
    Although direct comparisons are tricky, given the different compounds, there are signs that Red Bull and McLaren will again be locked in a close battle for supremacy this weekend.
    19th July 2024
    Will Wood
    RaceFans

    Red Bull have only been able to bring one full raft of upgrades to the Hungaroring this weekend, with, unsurprisingly, Verstappen getting the full benefit of them. But despite missing out on having the optimum Red Bull package, in theory, Sergio Perez was far happier at the end of Friday than he so often has been in recent months, saying that this was “the most comfortable I have felt with the car at this stage of the weekend in a while.”

    Norris was quickest over a single lap, but even his long run on the hard tyres looked promising, matching or being even faster than Verstappen’s runs on the mediums, which were slightly slower but more consistent. Unfortunately for Ferrari fans, Charles Leclerc missed out on any opportunity to get a long run in after crashing out of the session early. However, even Sainz’s high-fuel runs would have done little to help his team feel like they are any closer to fighting for more wins this weekend.

    Instead, it looks as though the fight for pole position could be between the world champions and McLaren – with Perez potentially a genuine factor at the front once again. But Norris and Piastri will have a difficult prospect to keep the Red Bulls off the top spot, as suggested by how Verstappen and Perez were quickest through sectors two and three, respectively, on their fastest laps of Friday while Norris ahead only through the opening sector.

    ‘Bad news for Mercedes’;

    https://www.racefans.net/2024/07/19/...-for-mercedes/


    McLaren vs Red Bull to resume? Five data clues from Hungarian GP practice
    19 Jul 2024
    Pablo Hidalgo
    PlanetF1.com

    After a hot afternoon of practice in Hungary, the teams are already analysing telemetry data and long runs to prepare race strategies and analyse qualifying paces. Red Bull and McLaren look to be the strongest for the Hungarian GP, although Mercedes and Ferrari could join the battle at any time.

    It’s already a classic of this season, but Friday’s data gives us another duel between Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. The Red Bull team has brought an update package that has paid off and both Verstappen and Sergio Perez have been very comfortable. The Mexican, in fact, had his best Friday since the Chinese GP.

    The FP1 and FP2 sessions at the Hungaroring have left us with some interesting data to analyse and several names to watch out for in qualifying and the race on Sunday. Although we don’t know a lot of data such as the fuel load of each car, the engine map selected, etc. the data from Friday at the Hungarian GP gives us a bigger picture of how the weekend might unfold.

    ‘Five data clues’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/features/hu...ice-data-clues


    Norris preparing for ‘mentally draining’ Hungarian GP after topping FP2
    19 Jul 2024
    Formula One - Official Site (Video)

    Lando Norris was quickest in second practice, but it expecting a very tough Grand Prix in the Hungary heat on Sunday.

    ‘Mentally draining’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/video/no...27864731289383


    Charles Leclerc reveals extent of Ferrari damage after Hungarian GP practice crash
    19 Jul 2024
    Henry Valantine
    PlanetF1.com

    Charles Leclerc admitted he thought the damage to his Ferrari would be “much bigger” than it was, after crashing out of FP2 in Hungary on Friday. Leclerc hit the inside wall on the exit of the high-speed Turn 4 at the Hungaroring after catching the kerb and being sent into a spin, the weight of the impact setting off the sensor that required the Medical Car to be deployed – though he reported immediately that he was okay.

    “Well, when I lost it I thought the damage would be much bigger,” Leclerc said after the session. “The damage is not that big, but obviously it’s enough for us to not continue the session and that’s never what you want. What happened is that I ran a bit wide on the kerb, I got a snap in the middle of Turn 4, got a bit wide on the kerb and then lost the car on the kerb.”

    “The car was pretty good. The feeling is getting a little bit better, we had more of a consistent day compared to the last three or four weekends. So that’s positive. Unfortunately, with the mistake, the mileage was cut short, but hopefully we’ll recover that in FP3 tomorrow.”

    ‘Extent of Ferrari damage’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/charle...practice-crash


    HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy the Hungaroring FP2 action as Norris goes quickest for McLaren while Leclerc crashes out
    19 Jul 2024
    Formula One - Official Site

    Lando Norris continued his strong recent run of form in Free Practice 2 for the Hungarian Grand Prix, topping the session by over two-tenths from championship leader Max Verstappen. Norris topped the times with a lap of 1m 17.788s around a toasty-hot Hungaroring track, leaving him 0.243s to the good over Verstappen in the upgraded Red Bull RB20.

    Charles Leclerc fans will have been sad to see their driver not featuring at the front of the field, after the Ferrari driver crashed around 15 minutes into FP2, swiping his SF-24 down the wall at Turn 5 and bringing out the red flags, with Leclerc playing no further part in the session. Enjoy the action from FP2 at the Hungarian Grand Prix in the video above.

    ‘Hungaroring FP2 action’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...iDEqEzlp9lhv5n


    Full scale of Red Bull's huge Hungarian GP upgrade revealed
    Red Bull have brought one of the largest upgrade packages to the Hungarian Grand Prix in the F1 field.
    19 July 2024
    Jake Nichol
    RacingNews365

    The full details of Red Bull's huge Hungarian Grand Prix upgrade have been revealed, with it being one of the largest packages in the field. The most-striking and visual detail is to the engine cover and cooling with the 'shoulder' air inlets ditched and the long cooling channels ditched for a more conventional design.

    Red Bull states this is to achieve "better cooling efficiency for a high ambient temperature and relatively slow circuit." In other words, it could be deemed as a 'high downforce package', with the halo, rear corner and front wing and front suspension also taking in new parts to improve the airflow and add more performance-enhancing load.

    In contrast, rivals Mercedes only has a small upgrade to the rear of the car to improve rear downforce, whilst Ferrari has brought a small reworked upgrade to the floor underbody to try and eliminate the bouncing it has been suffering since its Spanish GP upgrade. McLaren has not brought any upgrades to Budapest.

    ‘One of the largest upgrade packages’;

    https://racingnews365.com/full-scale...grade-revealed


    Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ‘not on form’ in Hungary as hot weather struggles continue
    A tricky day for Mercedes as their hot weather struggles continued at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
    19 Jul 2024
    Connor McDonagh
    Crash.Net

    Reflecting on the day at the Hungaroring. Hamilton said: “Today’s not been a good day really. The weather’s been good. It’s been nice to be here. We’ve not been on form today. The car hasn’t felt good setup wise. I think we have an idea why. We’ll just work overnight. Not the best prep so far.”

    “Little tweaks but the car was pretty much the same [between the sessions]. “He added. “There’s a particular thing that we had left that was changed for this weekend that we need to go back on. It’s all relatively close otherwise. We couldn’t do the laps of the other guys today but the long run pace was decent at the end.”

    ‘Not on form’;

    https://www.crash.net/f1/news/105236...ggles-continue


    Lewis Hamilton says ‘very hot’ weather to blame with Mercedes struggling in Hungary practice
    Published Jul 19, 2024
    Callum McAvoy
    Metro.co.uk

    Sir Lewis Hamilton and George Russell bemoaned the very hot weather after a difficult start to their Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. ‘It’s definitely very hot. Beautiful in Budapest as always!’ Hamilton told Sky Sports afterward with temperatures reaching upwards of 34°C at the circuit. Today’s not been a good day, really. The weather has been good and it’s been nice to be here but we’ve not really been on form today. Felt just as bad as it does normally when it’s hot.’

    ‘The car hasn’t felt good set-up-wise but we think we have an idea why and we’ll just work overnight. It’s not the best prep so far. There’s a particular thing that we’ve changed this weekend which we probably need to go back on.’ Lewis Hamilton.

    George Russell: ‘We need to understand because in the hot conditions of Austria and Barcelona we were off the pace of those two drivers. In the cooler conditions of Silverstone we were ahead of those two. That’s something we need to work on.’

    ‘Very hot weather to blame’;

    https://metro.co.uk/2024/07/19/lewis...o=newsnow-feed

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    Norris leads McLaren 1-2 in Hungarian GP final practice.
    McLaren continued its strong form in Saturday’s final practice at the Hungaroring, with Lando Norris edging teammate Oscar Piastri to claim the status of favourite ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying.
    20/07/2024
    Michael Delaney
    F1i.com

    Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, 0.281s adrift from Norris and just ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell. Carlos Sainz was Ferrari’s fastest representative in fifth position while a strong display by RB’s Daniel Ricciardo saw the Aussie complete the top six.

    Verstappen’s performance in third hinted at another qualifying showdown with Norris, while Russell and Sainz completed the top five. An encouraging effort by Ricciardo saw the Aussie classified P6, just ahead of a panaché of mid-field runners formed bvy Williams’ Alex Albon, Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg and Yuki Tsunoda.

    Hamilton rounded up the top-ten while Leclerc headed the second half of the field which included both Aston Martins that struggled for speed, a pair of Saubers and both Alpines with Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon lining up a worrying P18 and P20.

    ‘McLaren 1-2’;

    https://f1i.com/news/514346-norris-l...-practice.html


    Hungarian GP: Free Practice 3 Results
    20 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speedcafe

    Full results from Free Practice 3 from the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring.

    Pos Num Driver Team Laps Best Diff

    1 4 Lando Norris McLaren 16 1:16.098

    2 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 16 1:16.142 0.044

    3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 26 1:16.379 0.281

    4 63 George Russell Mercedes 14 1:16.564 0.466

    5 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 15 1:16.639 0.541

    6 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB 14 1:16.652 0.554

    7 23 Alex Albon Williams 15 1:16.661 0.563

    8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas 14 1:16.696 0.598

    9 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB 15 1:16.744 0.646

    10 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 13 1:16.786 0.688

    ‘Full results from Free Practice 3’;

    https://speedcafe.com/hungarian-gp-f...ice-3-results/


    Everything you need to know from final Hungarian GP practice
    Jul 20, 2024
    by Valentin Khorounzhiy
    The Race

    Lando Norris led a McLaren 1-2 in the third practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as the MCL60 thrived in cooler conditions. Reigning champion Max Verstappen looked potent as Red Bull conducted its early running on the hard tyre - while the rest of the field favoured mediums - but his run did not match the McLarens late on.

    Norris's best lap, a 1m16.098s, was achieved despite a small slide in the final corner, with team-mate Oscar Piastri clawing back a tenth in the final sector to end up 0.044s behind overall. Verstappen, for his part, was a quarter of a second down. The rest of the competitors do not appear to be in the mix for pole.

    Mercedes briefly led with George Russell, but its late-session attempts on fresh softs came up well short of what McLaren had managed to do. Russell in fourth ended up two tenths up on Hamilton, but this was enough for a difference of four positions. Hamilton also had a major spin after getting his wheels on the dirty part of the surface off-line at Turn 9, but avoided making contact with anything.

    ‘Final Hungarian GP practice’;

    https://www.the-race.com/formula-1/f...-need-to-know/


    2024 Hungarian Grand Prix – Free Practice 3 F1 results
    20 Jul 2024
    Thomas Maher
    PlanetF1.com

    The third and final practice session at the Hungaroring resulted in a dominant display from one of F1’s leading teams… Lando Norris led a McLaren 1-2 in third practice for the 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen proving the closest challenger for the Woking-based team.

    With cooler air and track temperatures without direct sunshine beating down on the Hungaroring, the first half-hour of track time in the third and final practice session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix ticked away without incident as the drivers pounded around the tight and twisty circuit. It was advantage Mercedes at the mid-point of the session as the two Mercedes drivers topped the times, before the qualifying simulations began with around 20 minutes to go.

    Lando Norris took over at the front ahead of George Russell as the McLaren popped in an eye-opening 1:16.098 to go almost half a second clear of everyone, with Oscar Piastri making it a McLaren 1-2 as the Australian went just 0.044 seconds slower than his teammate.

    ‘Free Practice 3 F1 results’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/f1-res...ce-3-timesheet


    Lando Norris pips Oscar Piastri as McLaren make statement in final Hungarian GP practice
    Lando Norris leads McLaren 1-2 in final practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
    20 Jul 2024
    Lewis Larkam
    Crash.Net

    McLaren's impressive performance so far this weekend at the Hungaroring suggests they are the team to beat heading into qualifying. It remains to be seen whether Red Bull have more pace in hand but Verstappen ruined his final lap when he locked up and ran wide at Turn 1.

    George Russell was fourth for Mercedes, ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo, who placed a strong sixth for RB, just over half a second adrift. Alex Albon put his Williams seventh ahead of Haas’ Nico Hulkenberg, the second RB of Yuki Tsunoda, and Lewis Hamilton, who surprisingly struggled for pace at one of his favourite tracks and could only end up 10th.

    Hamilton, who has claimed a record nine pole positions and eight victories in Hungary, was well off teammate Russell and also had a spin in the middle sector during his final soft tyre run.

    ‘McLaren make statement’;

    https://www.crash.net/f1/news/105239...l-hungarian-gp


    Max third in last free practice in Hungary
    20 July 2024
    Florence Cobben
    Verstappen.nl

    Max Verstappen has finished third in the last free practice before the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix. With a fastest time of 1:16.379, the reigning world champion finished the session with an almost three-tenths gap to Lando Norris, who came first. Max drove a different program to the other drivers at the start of training, driving a long stint on the hard tyres.

    With just 15 minutes on the clock, the times are coming faster and sharper. Norris sets a 1:16.0, claiming the fastest time once again. Teammate Oscar Piastri improves and takes second place, 44-thousandths behind number one. Max, with just twelve minutes time left on the clock, switches to softs. In his first lap he goes third, three-tenths behind P1.

    With just five minutes on the clock, a yellow flag is waved; Lewis Hamilton spun in his Mercedes, but is soon underway once more. In the last minute, Max makes one more attempt at a fast lap, but gets blocked into turn 3, meaning he closes the session in third, behind Norris and Piastri.

    ‘Max third’;

    https://news.verstappen.com/en/article/5540/

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    Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying results as Lando Norris heaps misery on Max Verstappen.
    Lando Norris stormed to pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, beating team-mate Oscar Piastri with Max Verstappen rounding off the top three.
    Jul 20, 2024
    Harry Smith
    Daily and Sunday Express

    McLaren stamped their authority on Q3 and with just over two minutes left on the clock, Norris was leading his colleague in a one-two for the Woking-based team. However, a major shunt for Yuki Tsunoda brought out the red flag, stopped the ticker and offered Verstappen a chance to launch another challenge for pole position. However, the Dutchman did not try a final run.

    However, as the first sector times rolled in, the timing screen was peppered with yellow rectangles with only Daniel Ricciardo able to improve his time. Both McLaren drivers peeled into the pit lane to confirm a front-row lockout for the Hungarian GP.

    ‘Lando Norris heaps misery on Max Verstappen’;

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-a...ifying-results


    Hungarian GP: Qualifying Results
    Full results from Qualifying from the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring.
    21 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speedcafe

    Full results from Qualifying from the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring.

    Pos Num Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Diff

    1 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:17.755 1:15.540 1:15.227

    2 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 1:17.504 1:15.785 1:15.249 0.022

    3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:17.087 1:15.770 1:15.273 0.046

    4 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:17.244 1:15.885 1:15.696 0.469

    5 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:17.087 1:16.307 1:15.854 0.627

    6 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.437 1:15.891 1:15.905 0.678

    7 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin 1:17.624 1:16.117 1:16.043 0.816

    8 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:17.405 1:16.075 1:16.244 1.017

    9 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB 1:17.050 1:16.202 1:16.447 1.220

    10 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB 1:17.436 1:16.121 1:16.477 1.250

    ‘Full results from Qualifying’;

    https://speedcafe.com/hungarian-gp-qualifying-results/


    Norris heads McLaren front row lockout at F1 Hungarian GP
    Jul 20, 2024
    Motorsport Week
    Motorsport Week

    Lando Norris pipped team-mate Oscar Piastri to pole position as McLaren delivered on expectations to seize a front row lockout at Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Norris came out on top during a session which included two red flag stoppages and intermittent rain throughout as McLaren overcame Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

    There had been persistent rain in the build-up to the session and the FIA declared the track wet, but the high track temperature meant that slicks were still the choice. Despite McLaren being the pacesetting team across practice as Norris headed his team-mate, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and then Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton edged them.

    ‘Front row lockout’;

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2024/...-hungarian-gp/


    Hungarian GP: Lando Norris bags pole in qualy, disaster for Sergio Perez and George Russell
    20 Jul 2024
    Michelle Foster
    PlanetF1.com

    Lando Norris put in a blistering 1:15.227 to snatch pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix in a McLaren 1-2 with Max Verstappen not going out for a late run after Yuki Tsunoda’s red flag. On a weekend in which McLaren continue to show incredible pace with the MCL38 sticking to the track, Norris will line up P1 ahead of Oscar Piastri and Max Verstappen.

    Meanwhile, Sergio Perez and George Russell were the big casualties to fall early in qualifying as the Red Bull driver’s woeful form continued with a Turn 8 crash while Russell didn’t have enough fuel in his W15 for a second flying lap as the track conditions improved.

    ‘Lando Norris put in a blistering 1:15.227’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/hungar...lifying-report


    George Russell shows true colours during Hungarian GP qualifying after Mercedes 'disaster'
    George Russell endured a frustrating qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.
    Jul 20, 2024
    Harry Smith
    Daily and Sunday Express

    With rain in the air around the Hungaroring, there was a mad dash to set strong lap times at the start of Q1, but Russell found himself immediately on the back foot, ending the first run in P14, just above the cut-off points. On the following run, Russell experienced a major loss of grip on the approach to Turn Eight, forcing him off the track and ending his lap. This left him in a precarious position when Sergio Perez brought out the red flag with seven minutes on the clock.

    On his final run, Russell needed to improve to keep himself in the hunt, but the 26-year-old was unable to complete his run as Mercedes had miscalculated the fuel needed for a flying lap and cooldown lap. “Why are we not putting enough fuel in the car to complete the session, guys?” Russell probed on the radio. However, after his elimination, he confessed: "Sorry about this session guys. It’s on me.”

    ‘Frustrating qualifying session’;

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-a...ian-Grand-Prix


    ‘How bizarre’: Martin Brundle shares ‘bizarre’ thing he ‘didn’t see coming’ at Hungarian Grand Prix
    20 July 2024
    Kyle Archer
    F1 Oversteer

    Martin Brundle found George Russell’s Hungarian GP Q1 exit ‘bizarre’: But Russell was not in the fight for pole for the Hungarian GP as the Mercedes driver bowed out of qualifying in Q1. The 26-year-old failed to improve his provisional lap time by enough with his final attempt after a brief rain shower dampened the Hungaroring during the stage.

    Russell sat 14th in the timesheet during the red flag interruption caused by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez crashing. He was also 1.341 seconds slower than the lap time his Mercedes teammate Hamilton set for P1. But Russell could only improve to 10th after finding 0.460s on his time. Yet further drivers improving their lap times saw Russell plummet down the order and finish Q1 in P17.

    Brundle could not hide his surprise at seeing the Briton bow out so soon as other drivers overcame the conditions. Russell was also one of the first drivers to do a second run. “Wow, [I] didn’t see that one coming,” Brundle said on Sky Sports F1 (20/7, 15:30). “What happened to George’s lap? He didn’t find time, others found bucketloads of grip out there. There were 1 minute 17s out on the race track. How bizarre.”

    ‘Didn’t see coming’;

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/mar...an-grand-prix/


    Under-pressure Sergio Perez crashes out of Hungarian GP qualifying
    Sergio Perez crashes out of qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
    20 Jul 2024
    Lewis Larkam
    Crash.Net

    Reacting to the accident, Martin Brundle said on Sky Sports: "Was he taking crazy speed into the corner? Was he off line? Did he make a mistake? No. He turned in on the right line and there just wasn't any grip when he got there. "He'd come off the kerb in Turn Seven so maybe he got a little bit more damp on his right-rear tyre, he was quite high up, and it's turned in and he's just the way it's running at the moment.”

    "Russell caught it, Perez didn't. Just like what happened at Silverstone when Verstappen caught it at Copse and Sergio didn't. It's crucial times for him and Red Bull. What do they do about this? How long can they just keep going 'he'll get his mojo back'. I feel very sorry for him on this one."

    ‘Martin Brundle: “I feel very sorry for him on this one" ’;

    https://www.crash.net/f1/news/105241...-gp-qualifying

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    Piastri, Norris combine for 12-year first at Hungarian Grand Prix.
    “We want to keep it one-two and we will fight it amongst ourselves to see who gets one.” Oscar Piastri
    July 21, 2024
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    Oscar Piastri, Australia’s McLaren driver, has promised to let personal ambition take second place to team priorities after a remarkable front-row lockout for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Piastri lines up alongside English-born teammate Lando Norris, who is on pole, after the British team dominated Saturday’s qualifying session.

    “Of course when I miss out by two 100ths you think of all the little things you can do a bit better, but it’s an amazing result for the team,” Piastri said, before adding that the main goal was to keep both the papaya-coloured cars at the front come the race’s finish.

    “Of course I want to get into the lead, but we have both cars on the front row and we are trying to win this championship as a team, and we will be smart,” the Australian said.

    ‘At the front come the race’s finish’;

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...21-p5jv9s.html


    F1 - 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix - Post-Qualifying Press Conference transcript
    20.07.24
    FIA (Press Release)

    TRACK INTERVIEWS (Conducted by Alice Powell)
    Q: Lando, congratulations, another pole position to add to the list. it was so close out there. Real fine margins. So you must be over the moon.
    Lando NORRIS: I am, yes. Very, very, very happy. Not an easy qualifying. Different conditions, like you said, but always ending up on top is the best part of it. Also happy, especially, for the team, a one-two is even better to see. So congrats to the team.

    Q: Oscar, a big congratulations. A big cheer when you walked over here. A big crowd of Papaya fans here. There's a lot of support for you and Lando this weekend.
    Oscar PIASTRI: Yeah, it's cool to be here, especially when you get a result like this. I think the first one-two in qualifying for McLaren for a very long time, so very happy. Of course, when I miss out by two hundredths, you think of all the little things you can do a bit better, but an amazing result for the team. We had a bit of a tricky day on my side yesterday, so it was nice to bounce back this morning, and then obviously this afternoon in quali, it wasn't easy. A lot of decisions on the fly, and to end up with both cars on the front row is an amazing result.

    Q: Max, well done. A bit of frustration there though at the end of that run, a bit of frustration over the line?
    MV: Yeah, I mean, I tried. The whole weekend I think we have been a little bit behind, and I think that was also the case in qualifying. I tried to make it as close as possible, but unfortunately, yeah, just not enough. A bit difficult to pinpoint why that is. Yeah, I would have liked a bit more grip, but it's not there at the moment. But P3 is still very close. I just hope that for tomorrow, of course, the car is good in the race, and at least that we can follow them and see what we can do there.

    ‘Post-Qualifying Press Conference transcript’;

    https://www.fia.com/news/f1-2024-hun...nce-transcript


    McLaren's Front Row Lockout - F1 News - Hungarian Grand Prix Saturday
    20 Jul 2024
    Motorsport.com

    Another impressive performance sees Lando Norris take his 2nd pole position of the season and will start the race on pole position, followed by teammate Oscar Piastri.

    But outside of the McLaren garage, other teams didn't have such a good qualifying session: between Verstappen's frustration, Perez's costly mistake, Russell's disappointment and Tsunoda's red flag incident, there's certainly enough to discuss.

    Ben Hunt and Alex Kalinauckas sat down in the Hungaroring's paddock to discuss all these points and more, looking ahead to the Hungarian Grand Prix's main race to see whether McLaren really can top the tables three days in a row.


    ‘McLaren's Front Row Lockout’;

    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/video/...turday/653363/


    Russell: Mercedes need ‘proper sit down’ amid ‘disaster’ Q1 exit at F1 Hungarian GP
    20 Jul 2024
    Taylor Powling
    Motorsport Week

    The ex-Williams racer has conceded that he should’ve produced a better time earlier on but questioned the decision not to ensure he would be on the track at the end. “It was on me at the beginning. I didn’t think it was going to rain again so I just thought, ‘the track will get quicker’,” Russell admitted.

    “I took it easy on lap one and suddenly it started raining and that was the most important lap. But it didn’t matter, the end was the quickest and we had no fuel in the car to finish the session. No idea how that happened, and a total disaster.”

    ‘Mercedes need proper sit down’;

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2024/...-hungarian-gp/


    Russell failure 'a total underperformance' by Mercedes - Wolff
    Toto Wolff has pulled no punches here as to what happened to George Russell just a fortnight after he took pole at Silverstone.
    20 July 2024
    Ian Parkes
    Motorsport Week

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has delivered a damning indictment of his team following George Russell's failure to escape the first part of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Russell declared himself "angry" after a qualifying performance that was "a total disaster. In a wet-dry-wet session, Russell found himself without enough fuel to complete a final lap after Sergio Perez crashed, causing a red flag as a light rain shower cleared.

    Wolff pulled no punches with his own assessment, stating: "That was a very disappointing qualifying session for us. It was a total underperformance from all of us. Losing a car in Q1 is clearly not acceptable. George struggled to get in a solid lap earlier in the session and we didn't execute the final run at all. That stemmed from a lack of solid communication between ourselves and the driver. We need to ensure we learn from this so that it doesn't happen again."

    ‘Losing a car in Q1 is clearly not acceptable’;

    https://racingnews365.com/russell-fa...mercedes-wolff


    Sergio Perez delivers ‘no need to do that lap’ verdict after Hungarian GP Q1 crash
    20 Jul 2024
    Elizabeth Blackstock
    PlanetF1.com

    Speaking to media after qualifying, Sergio Perez reiterated multiple times that “in hindsight, we didn’t need [the] lap” that ended with his RB20 in the wall. Asked about what happened to cause him to lose control, Perez said, “I lost it. I think I clipped the curve, and at that point it was raining harder in Turn 8. So when I exited the curve, it was quite late in the corner, and it just sent me off completely into the wall.”

    The changing conditions caused by that rain cause Perez to misjudge the corner. “[It] was so hard to judge the conditions, it was raining harder but at the end you were not losing grip,” he explained. “I was improving my lap… We didn’t need to do the lap, but you always know a lot afterwards.”

    He noted that the track had seemed to remain consistent for several laps, but that rain “was just changing the track constantly. “You will arrive in a corner and all of a sudden it’s a little bit damper. The lap before, I was on a good lap, but then I arrived into Turn 12 and it was quite a lot damper.” Making the crash all the most frustrating for Perez was the fact that he felt “yesterday was probably the best Friday of the season.”

    ‘No need to do that lap’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/sergio...an-gp-q1-crash


    Yuki Tsunoda ‘more worried about the car than my body’ as huge Hungarian GP crash explained
    20 Jul 2024
    Elizabeth Blackstock

    Speaking to F1TV’s Lawrence Barretto in the press pen after qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Yuki Tsunoda stated that he had felt extremely comfortable in his VCARB — all up until the moment he ended up in the wall.

    “To be honest, I felt great in the turn — I didn’t expect that! I just ran wide to be honest,” the VCARB racer said. “Probably because I was on the limit. Ot’s obviously Q3, and half of the tire went on the grass — but to be honest with those kind of things, normally it happens.”

    “But probably because it was wet, it kind of exaggerated it, and I went wide. To be honest, until that corner — I mean, even Turn 5, the lap was great so it’s very shame.” Despite the heavy hit, Tsunoda still joked with Barretto, “To be honest, I’m more worried about the car rather than my body!”

    ‘Felt extremely comfortable in his VCARB — all up until the moment he ended up in the wall’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/yuki-t...rash-explained

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    Oscar Piastri gets first-ever win at Hungarian GP as Verstappen and Hamilton crash.
    Oscar Piastri claimed his first-ever Grand Prix victory at the Hungaroring, leading home a McLaren one-two after Lando Norris obeyed team orders. Max Verstappen threw away a place on the podium after a kamikaze lunge on Lewis Hamilton.
    Jul 21, 2024
    Harry Smith
    Daily and Sunday Express

    Norris’ pre-race preparations were interrupted by a throttle problem ahead of the green lights, and after some stellar work by the McLaren crew, the Brit faced a new threat after the formation lap. Piastri enjoyed a lightning-fast launch, seizing the inside on the run down to Turn One. The Aussie escaped lap one with the lead, but the drama unfolded behind him. Verstappen made it three wide on the outside of Norris and ran out of room in the process, taking to the run-off area. When he merged back onto the tarmac, he was in second place.

    When the pack settled down, Piastri stretched his lead to over three seconds, and when Lewis Hamilton triggered the undercut on lap 16, both McLaren cars were able to respond and hold their positions. Verstappen, however, was not so lucky and after extending his opening stint to create a bigger tyre offset, the Dutchman emerged from the pit exit seven seconds behind Hamilton, who was running a net P3 after demonstrating mighty pace during the opening exchanges.

    On lap 31, Piastri’s lead had stretched to over 4.3 seconds, but after an off-track excursion at Turn 11 on lap 34, Norris trimmed that down to under 1.5 seconds over the course of five tours around the Hungaroring. All the while, Hamilton and Verstappen scrapped tooth and nail in the battle for P3. As the final round of pit stops played out, Norris was brought in to cover off the threat of Hamilton, but when Piastri emerged from his stop two laps later, the long-time race leader was staring at the rear of his colleague, who ran three seconds up the road.

    ‘Oscar Piastri claimed his first-ever Grand Prix victory’;

    https://www.express.co.uk/sport/f1-a...ian-Grand-Prix


    Hungarian GP: Race Results
    Full results from the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring.
    22 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speedcafe

    Full results from the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring.

    Pos Num Driver Team Laps/Diff

    1 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren 70

    2 4 Lando Norris McLaren 2.1

    3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 14.8

    4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 19.6

    5 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 21.3

    6 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 23

    7 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing 39.7

    8 63 George Russell Mercedes 42.3

    9 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB 77.2

    10 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 77.9

    ‘Full results from the Formula 1’;

    https://speedcafe.com/hungarian-gp-race-results/


    Aussie Piastri claims first F1 win in dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix
    July 21, 2024
    Jorge Branco
    Channel 9's Wide World of Sports

    Australia's Oscar Piastri has won his first Formula 1 race in a surprisingly acrimonious McLaren one-two at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    The 23-year-old overtook his teammate Lando Norris at the start before the papayas dominated an eventful race that included a collision between world champions Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton while fighting it out for third.

    But despite the British team's incredible work on the track, it was a laps-long radio battle between Norris and team management that threatened to steal the show.

    ‘Surprisingly acrimonious McLaren one-two’;

    https://www.nine.com.au/sport/motors...21-p5jve1.html


    Hungarian Grand Prix: F1 Race Results
    Weather forecasts predict sunny and warm conditions for round 13 of the Formula 1 Championship in Hungary
    July 21, 2024
    Hannah May
    FormulaNerds

    At the start of lap 63, Verstappen came in hot down the inside of Hamilton and passed the Mercedes driver. However, into Turn 1 he locked up across the path of Hamilton, hit his front tyre, gained air, and went off the track. The Dutchman re-joined but lost a place to Leclerc.

    Meanwhile, Norris was arguing with his Race Engineer over the radio due to Piastri’s failure to catch Norris. The team felt that Piastri should be in the lead due to their strategy decisions. Verstappen was then claiming that Hamilton moved under braking, which his Race Engineer quickly shut down and said they were not going to argue on the radio as it was “childish”. Perhaps a comment on Norris and McLaren?

    McLaren informed Norris that the way to win a championship was not alone, but was as a team. Piastri feared that the decision was being left too late. At the start of lap 68, Norris finally slowed and allowed Piastri past. He told his Race Engineer not to say anything. However, he kept with DRS range. Will he be allowed to fight back in a fair race now that he has conceded the place?

    ‘F1 Race Results’;

    https://www.formulanerds.com/news/hu.../?nowprocket=1


    Piastri beats Norris as F1 team orders overshadow McLaren 1-2 in Hungary
    22 July 2024
    Taylor Powling
    Motorsport Week

    Lando Norris abided with a team order in the closing stages to let team-mate Oscar Piastri repass him as McLaren claimed a 1-2 in Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Norris was reminded again to make the swap and he slowed his pace going onto the start-finish straight on Lap 68 to give the lead back to Piastri heading into Turn 1.

    Piastri came through and managed the race to the end to take the chequered flag to achieve his maiden F1 grand prix win, becoming the seventh victor in this season. Hamilton came back a distant third in his Mercedes but logged another podium, with Leclerc taking fourth over the wounded Verstappen and Ferrari team-mate Sainz.

    ‘F1 team orders overshadow McLaren 1-2’;

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2024/...-hungarian-gp/


    Oscar Piastri wins Hungarian GP over furious Lando Norris
    Oscar Piastri has become the fifth Australian to win a world championship grand prix.
    22 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speedcafe

    A near-perfect start paved the way for Piastri to claim victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix over team-mate Lando Norris. The Aussie seized the inside line at the first corner before strategy calls saw him run second to Norris for a time. However, team orders were employed, Piastri reclaiming the top spot that had been taken from him earlier in the race – much to Norris' disdain.

    After 45 laps, Norris did pit. He was two seconds back from Piastri out front, feeding back out into fourth. Piastri was reassured by the team, which informed him that the move was to cover off Hamilton and that the situation would be “managed” if necessary later. The Australian pitted after 47 laps to have a set of medium tyres bolted on, rejoining behind Norris, who'd been told to hand the lead back to his team-mate through: “We'd like to re-establish the order at your convenience”.

    Race leader Norris was instructed to let Piastri through, though he argued the team should have pitted his team-mate first. Second in the championship, victory for Norris was worth an additional seven points in his quest against Verstappen. The Dutchman had risen to fourth, passing Leclerc into Turn 1 on Lap 57. At McLaren, the situation was becoming heated as Norris refused to cede the place to Piastri. His advantage had extended to more than six seconds with five laps remaining. The team took to pleading with Norris to slow down and let his team-mate through, which he eventually did. Out of the final corner, he slowed as he started Lap 68 to allow Piastri back through.

    ‘The team took to pleading with Norris to slow down’;

    https://speedcafe.com/oscar-piastri-...-lando-norris/

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    Piastri 'still hasn't called' his mum after F1 maiden win.
    Oscar Piastri's mum Nicole revealed the young Aussie still hadn't called her several hours after claiming his maiden F1 grand prix victory.
    July 22, 2024
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    'Still hasn't called';

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...22-p5jvg5.html


    In full: the fiery McLaren row before Piastri's GP win
    22 July 2024
    Staff Writers
    The West Australian

    Here are the Norris exchanges in full.
    Piastri race engineer Tom Stallard: "OK, Oscar, once you get to Lando, we will swap positions, but we want to avoid Lando having to give up a lot of race time."
    McLaren race engineer Will Joseph to Norris: "We need you to save more tyres please. And let Oscar through."


    Joseph: "OK, Lando, we still think you are using the tyres too much. In Turn 4, Turn 11 and the rears at exits Turn 6, Turn 9. Oscar is 3.5 (seconds behind). I know you will do the right thing."
    "OK, Lando, 10 laps to go and we think both cars are using their tyres too much. Just remember every single Sunday morning meeting we have."
    Norris: "Yeah, well tell him to catch up then please."

    Joseph: "Lando, he can't catch up. You have proved your point and it really doesn't matter."
    Norris: "He is on much quicker tyres and no pressure. I would have tried the undercut anyway."
    Joseph: "Mate we did the pit stops in this sequence for the good of the team."
    Norris: "And I am fighting for a world championship, am I not?"
    Joseph: "I am trying to protect you, mate. I promise, I am trying to protect you."

    Joseph: "Ok, Lando there are five laps to go and the way to win a world championship is not by yourself. It is with the team and you are going to need Oscar and you are going to need the team."
    Joseph: "If there is a safety car, this is going to make it very awkward. Please do it now."
    (Norris moves aside to let Piastri take the lead)
    Norris: "You don't need to say anything."

    ‘Fiery McLaren row’;

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/golf/in...win-c-15430192


    ‘I am so proud of you and I love you’: Mum’s words of joy for Oscar the great
    July 22, 2024
    Jon Pierik
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    An excited but tired Nicole Piastri watched from her bayside home when Piastri crossed the line in Budapest, and soon shared a text message with her son. She told this masthead of her pride in Oscar, though she hadn’t been able to talk to him yet.

    “I just said: ‘I am so proud of you and I love you’,” Nicole said when asked of her immediate chat with Oscar, who said he would call his mum when he returned to his home base in Monaco. “It’s definitely his dream. It’s definitely only one [win], but he has achieved one of his dreams, so it’s a big one,” Nicole said.

    Piastri left his family, including three sisters, at the tender age of 14 to head to Europe and pursue his F1 dream. That began with a year of karting, before progressing through the ranks, including Formula 3 and Formula 2 world titles. There was a much-publicised contract dispute with Alpine in 2022, a favourable ruling by the FIA’s contract recognition board allowing him to join McLaren, where he eventually took the seat of fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

    “It’s definitely his dream”;

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/motorsp...22-p5jvgf.html


    The emotional roller coaster Nicole Piastri went through watching son Oscar’s first F1 race win
    July 22, 2024
    3AW

    Nicole Piastri says she shed a tear watching her son’s maiden Formula 1 win from afar. “There were some highs and lows (throughout the race),” she said on 3AW.

    “We were in disbelief at the start when he (took the lead)…in the end we were hoping it would all fall his way.”

    ‘Disbelief at the start when he (took the lead)’;

    https://www.3aw.com.au/the-emotional...aiden-f1-race/


    Oscar's no slouch: Piastri joins elite Aussie club with breakthrough F1 win but Norris fumes over 'team orders'
    21 Jul 2024
    The Roar

    Oscar Piastri has raced to his maiden Formula One victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, becoming only the fifth Australian driver to reach motor racing’s pinnacle – but only after a day of extraordinary internal team strife at McLaren.

    The 23-year-old Melbourne ace’s triumph was only finalised on Sunday when a furious Lando Norris finally agreed to follow team orders and do the honourable thing by giving up a certain victory to his young Australian teammate.

    Eventually, despite having resisted team engineers’ pleas for nearly all of the last 20 laps of the race, Norris complied reluctantly after a series of increasingly fervent messages suggesting he would be seriously risking team harmony if he took the chequered flag first.

    ‘Piastri joins elite Aussie club’;

    https://www.theroar.com.au/2024/07/2...r-team-orders/


    Piastri joins the Aussie Formula One roll of honour
    22 July 2024
    Ian ChadbandAAP
    The West Australian

    AUSTRALIAN WINNERS OF FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX
    Jack Brabham (1955-1970) 14 wins
    Alan Jones (1975-81, 1983, 1985-86) 12 wins
    Mark Webber 2002-2013 - 9 wins
    Daniel Ricciardo - 2011-2024 - 8 wins
    Oscar Piastri - 2023-2024 - 1 win
    PODIUM FINISHERS
    Webber 42, Ricciardo 32, Brabham 31, Jones 24, Piastri 5, Tim Schenken (1970-1974) 1

    ‘Aussie Formula One roll of honour’;

    https://thewest.com.au/sport/motorsp...our-c-15430463


    Norris “didn’t deserve” Hungarian GP win
    Lando Norris was reluctant to follow team orders because “you’ve got to be selfish."
    22 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speed Cafe

    “Things are always going to go through your mind because, you know… You've got to be selfish in this sport at times. You've got to think of yourself,” Norris said. “That's priority number one, is think of yourself. I'm also a team player, so my mind was going pretty crazy at the time.”

    “I know what we've done in the past between Oscar and myself. He's helped me plenty of times… I think this is a different situation. This is not someone helping one another. I was put into a position, and we were undoing that position change.”

    “I know a lot of people are going to say, like, the gap between me and Max is pretty big, 60, 70, 80 points or something,” Norris explained. “You know, if Red Bull and Max make the mistakes like they did today and continue to do that, and as a team we continue to improve and have weekends like we've had this weekend, we can turn it around.”

    “You’ve got to be selfish";

    https://speedcafe.com/norris-didnt-d...garian-gp-win/


    ‘Complicated’: Piastri responds to team order drama after maiden F1 win as Norris talks revealed
    July 22nd, 2024
    AFP from Fox Sports
    Fox Sports (Australia)

    Oscar Piastri said he realised a childhood dream on Sunday after claiming his maiden Formula One victory in a whirlpool of mixed emotions and vexed team orders as McLaren claimed an emphatic one-two at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    “A very special day for me,” said Piastri. “This is the day I’ve dreamed of as a kid, to be standing on the top step of an F1 podium. A bit complicated at the end, but I put myself in the right position at the start.”

    ‘Complicated’;

    https://www.foxsports.com.au/motorsp...8d9e5b3475062d

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    Hamilton 'grateful' for Hungarian GP podium after ‘hair-raising’ end.
    Lewis Hamilton earned himself his third podium of the season - his 200th in F1 - in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but the Mercedes driver admitted to enduring a tough race marked by a “hair-raising” moment with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
    21 Jul 2024
    Phillip van Osten
    F1i.com

    "Ultimately, we didn't have the pace of the McLarens, or did we have the pace of the Red Bulls," Hamilton said after the race. But we were just able to hold on at the beginning of the race. It was very tough to hold on and make those tyres last.”

    "And obviously the close battle we had at the end was a bit hair-raising. But that's motor racing. I'm really happy and grateful for the points. Big thank you for the team." In parc fermé, Hamilton was asked by his former Mercedes team mate if his battle with Verstappen which unfolded over two stages had been “nerve-racking”.

    "It's not nerve-racking,” he responded. "I think it when you see the pace at which they closed the gap in certain corners, you just laugh to yourself because it's not something that I can do.”

    'Grateful';

    https://f1i.com/news/514567-hamilton...ising-end.html


    Why FIA took no action in Hamilton vs Verstappen clash
    The FIA has concluded that neither Max Verstappen nor Lewis Hamilton were predominantly to blame for their late collision in F1’s Hungarian GP
    21 Jul 2024
    Jonathan Noble
    Motorsport.com

    Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have avoided a penalty for their late race collision in Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix after the FIA concluded that no driver was predominantly to blame. However, the stewards did conclude that Hamilton could have “done more” to avoid the coming together.

    “I got a lot of shit thrown at me in Austria with people saying moving under braking, blah blah blah,” said Verstappen. “I am positioning my car on the initial movement and then I keep it straight. Today, under braking, he just kept turning to the right and that is why I also locked up, because I was going for the move.”

    The stewards did not agree with Verstappen’s criticisms about Hamilton’s driving and, after studying video, timing and telemetry data, concluded that the seven-time champion had driven within the boundaries of the rules. However, they did note that Hamilton could have perhaps done more to avoid the collision once it became clear that Verstappen was alongside him.

    ‘Took no action’;

    https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/f...aken/10637399/


    Hamilton thrilled with podium in Hungary after ‘very tough’ race as he reflects on ‘hair-raising’ battle with Verstappen
    21 Jul 2024
    Formula One - Official Site

    Lewis Hamilton was delighted to continue Mercedes’ good run of results by taking the final podium position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, having faced a battle to make his tyres last – as well as engaging in a close scrap with Max Verstappen – en route to finishing in third.

    After lining up in P5 on the grid, Hamilton had a good start and initially looked to have clinched third from Lando Norris, who had been edged out from pole. While the McLaren soon retook the place, Hamilton remained in fourth and later on snatched third again – this time from Verstappen – thanks to undercutting the Red Bull.

    “Big thanks to this amazing crowd this weekend and a huge congratulations to McLaren on the one-two – that's my old original family, so really happy to see all the boys, the whole team back up front,” Hamilton commented after stepping out of the car. “For us today, the team has done a great job to continue on with pushing this car. Ultimately we didn't have the pace of the McLarens or of the Red Bulls, but we just were able to hold on at the beginning of the race.”

    ‘Thrilled with podium’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...8YpXiz3TOlFQGP


    Wolff: Mercedes will benefit from cooler conditions at next race
    July 22, 2024
    Jaden Diaz-Ndisang
    Last Word On Sports

    Toto Wolff looks forward to Mercedes form in Belgium. Team principal Toto Wolff was pleased with the result and expects more favourable conditions in Belgium:

    “Claiming a podium finish, our fifth race in a row doing so, feels good. The McLarens were very strong today and out of reach for us in these hot conditions. “Congratulations to them and Oscar. They deserved today’s victory. We were able to maximise the result with Lewis, though, and that is encouraging.”

    “Yesterday’s setback with George meant he had to fight through the field. In the end, it was a good recovery from where he started… We now head to Spa where the conditions will likely be cooler, and hopefully that will suit us a little more.”

    “Mercedes will benefit from cooler conditions”;

    https://lastwordonsports.com/motorsp...-at-next-race/


    Russell was 'hoping for P7' after fighting his was into the points in the Hungarian Grand Prix
    21 Jul 2024
    Formula One - Official Site (Video)

    Mercedes' George Russell was hoping for more despite strong pace and P8 finish in 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix.

    'Hoping for P7';

    https://www.formula1.com/en/video/ru...05763856914835


    F1 2024 Hungarian GP – Fastest Lap
    George Russell rescued an extra point at the Hungaroring after a tough battle through the pack.
    21 July 2024
    Brandon Sutton
    Total Motorsport

    George Russell set the fastest lap of the 2024 Hungarian GP with a 1:20.305 on a weekend when he salvaged a handful of points after a devastating qualifying result at the Hungaroring in Europe. Russell was relegated to 17th on the grid when a misjudgement of weather conditions saw him fail to put in a lap before more rain, whilst he was also insufficiently fuelled for consecutive runs to understand the evolving track conditions.

    It ruled out his chances of a podium just two weekends on from his first win of the season and left him very frustrated as he called for an internal review of Mercedes decision making and procedure. But for the Grand Prix on Sunday, July 21, he did as much as he realistically could to limit the damage by finishing eighth with the fastest lap for a haul of five points, finishing three seconds behind Sergio Perez at the flag.

    He set the fastest lap of the race on Lap 53 as he tried to chase down the Red Bull of Perez, although he fell narrowly short in the end. The result saw him drop to eighth in the F1 standings behind Lewis Hamilton, who finished third, whilst Perez extended his gap to Russell by one point.

    ‘Fastest Lap’;

    https://www.total-motorsport.com/f1-...p-fastest-lap/


    ‘I would bring’: Martin Brundle shares which driver he would partner George Russell with at Mercedes in 2025

    22 July 2024
    Ben Evans
    F1 Oversteer

    Amid all of the excitement on the track at the Hungarian Grand Prix, it was also another race weekend for teams and drivers to secure their futures beyond 2024

    Martin Brundle tells Mercedes to replace Lewis Hamilton with Andrea Kimi Antonelli. Asked who he would put in the second Mercedes next season by Nico Rosberg, Brundle said: “As I’ve got George Russell who can lead the team, I would bring Antonelli along and just put up with the mistakes he’ll make at the beginning.”

    At Silverstone at the previous round of the Formula 2 season, Antonelli won the Sprint Race in treacherous conditions and finally stood on the top step of the podium for PREMA at that level. While he was taken out before his Feature Race began, he took his performances up another notch in Hungary.

    ‘Andrea Kimi Antonelli’;

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/mar...cedes-in-2025/

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    Ferrari performance ‘not where we want it to be’ says Leclerc after P4 in Hungary.
    Charles Leclerc was "relatively happy"… …but was left concerned Ferrari are slipping further back from the current pace setters.
    22/07/2024
    Formula One - Official Site

    “I’m relatively happy,” the Ferrari driver said after the race. “I mean, I’m never happy with a P4 but if you do a step back, considering the tough few races I’ve had in the last few weekends… We came here saying we need to maximise the team points, we need to maximise the car, and I think we did that today, so on that I’m happy.”

    “On the other hand, I’m not happy because the performance is not where we want it to be. McLaren is quite a far bit ahead now, Red Bull was a bit closer than what we thought today. But I think we had a pretty good race pace, we were just a bit stuck because it’s a track where you cannot really overtake.”

    ‘Not where we want it to be’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...ZiwU5tuSEqK7BV


    Leclerc explains how Ferrari ‘paid the price’ in F1 Hungarian GP
    22/07/2024
    Taylor Powling
    Motorsport Week

    Charles Leclerc has admitted that Ferrari “paid the price” with its lacklustre one-lap pace as he missed out on a podium position at Formula 1’s Hungarian Grand Prix. “Yeah, it was better than expected,” Leclerc said. “I felt like the pace was quite strong, a track like Budapest is very difficult to actually overtake, but we were in a good place.”

    “The first stint was strong, the second stint was also very strong. Then we had to make a choice for the last stint in order to, whether we boxed with Lewis and we took the place to Max, or whether we stayed out with Max. We decided to come in, which I think wasn’t a bad choice.”

    “But that made our last stint very tricky because I was on used Medium and very used Medium when Max came back, so it was a tricky race, but the pace was there, so that was good. But that’s not enough to satisfy me. I mean, looking at the overall picture, we are still lacking a lot of pace in qualifying compared to our main competitors, and on tracks like this we will pay the price.”

    ‘Paid the price’;

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2024/...-hungarian-gp/


    Leclerc: Ferrari ‘paid the price’ in Hungarian GP for lack of pace

    22/07/2024
    Michael Delaney
    F1i.com

    Charles Leclerc deemed himself “relatively happy” with his fourth-place finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix but reckoned a better result could have been possible if Ferrari had better qualifying pace. The Monegasque claimed in Budapest his best result since his home win in Monaco back in May thanks to a solid drive coupled with a drama-free race.

    Leclerc reckoned that Ferrari’s SF-24 had an edge over Mercedes’ contender at the Hungaroring, but admitted hitting an unsettling swirl of turbulence when running in the wake of Hamilton’s W15 “I felt like we had a bit of an edge, because on a track where dirty air is so important, I mean, it’s so detrimental for the car behind,” he said. “I felt like I could follow quite nicely, so I think we had a strong car.”

    “I think Spa will be a real test for the issues we’ve had in the last few races,” he said, referring to the SF-24’s high-speed bouncing troubles that prompted Ferrari to introduce a revised floor in Hungary. It feels like a small step forward here. However, it’s not a track that put in evidence the weaknesses of our car, so let’s wait for Spa and see how much of a step forward we’ve done.”

    ‘Ferrari’s SF-24 had an edge over Mercedes’ contender’;

    https://f1i.com/news/514725-leclerc-...k-of-pace.html


    Leclerc braced for further Ferrari pain 'after paying the price'
    Charles Leclerc is expecting further pain at the Belgian GP after a mixed Hungary race for Ferrari.
    22 July 2024
    Jake Nichol & Aaron Deckers
    RacingNews365

    "It was good, but that is not enough to satisfy me," Leclerc told media including RacingNews365. "Looking at the overall picture, we are still lacking a lot of qualifying pace compared to our main competitors, and so on tracks like this, we will pay the price.”

    "So I think we had a strong car, but don't think we could have done much more considering our starting position. The qualifying pace, especially with Carlos who did a very good lap, I think is the gap, and on a track like this, we were four-tenths behind and I don't think there was much more in the car.”

    "Spa is going to be a real test for us because it is probably the track where I expect our issues to be most visible. We will see if we have the confirmation that there is a lot of work to do before we get our issues fixed and whether the upgrades of this weekend helped us to make a step forward."

    ‘Braced for further Ferrari pain’;

    https://racingnews365.com/leclerc-br...ying-the-price


    Vasseur: Ferrari has cut 45 seconds to F1 leaders in 12 months
    22 July 2024
    Taylor Powling
    Motorsport Week

    However, Vasseur is not concerned about Ferrari’s regression as he pointed out that the team’s leading car was much closer to the ultimate pace than 12 months ago. “At the end, we had q strong pace on Sunday,” Vasseur said. “Last year we finished 65 seconds behind Red Bull and this weekend we are 20 seconds behind the leader.”

    “And in front of the Red Bull, I think, in the last 12 months we did a decent job. Now it’s not enough, but it’s clear that McLaren was faster than us. And they were faster than us by two or three-tenths all the weekend.”

    “But looking after where we are coming back and the last two or three events, we did a good recovery. And now let’s be focused on the next one. We need to do a step in performance, but we are on the right way.”

    “We did a good recovery”;

    https://www.motorsportweek.com/2024/...-in-12-months/


    Sainz reckons bad start cost him chance of P3 in Hungary
    21 Jul 2024
    Formula One - Official Site (Video)

    Carlos Sainz had a poor getaway off the line in Budapest and eventually finished in sixth place for Ferrari.

    ‘Cost him chance of P3’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/video/sa...05908797385115


    Sainz has taken ‘patient pill’ in wait over F1 drive decision
    Carlos Sainz is still yet to put pen to paper over an F1 drive for the 2025 season.
    22 July 2024
    Fergal Walsh
    RacingNews365

    Sainz has been linked to various F1 projects over the last handful of months, including Audi and Williams - but has declared he is remaining “patient” in order to ensure he makes the right decision.

    “The teams have been very patient and I thank them for that,” he told media including RacingNews365. “But I’ve also had to be patient, it’s not like I’m the only one here, the only one deciding that. I also had to take my patient pill with other things and I’ve had to be patient.”

    Sainz has questioned why the market has been in swing much earlier than usual this year. “At the same time, I thank everyone that is having to hang in there while I take the decision,” he added. “What I don’t fully understand is why the market is happening so early this year? Why everyone is so much in a rush? I remember it used to be in the summer break, September, July, it used to be when all of those situations started to happen.”

    ‘Patient pill’;

    https://racingnews365.com/sainz-has-...drive-decision

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    ‘We’ll have discussions behind closed doors’ – Horner defends Verstappen after heated radio outbursts in Hungary.
    …but what of their driver’s reaction, and his increasingly heated radio exchanges with his engineer?
    22 July 2024
    Formula One - Official Site

    “Look, Max was frustrated, which you can understand. He has a very direct line of communication with his engineer so, yeah, it’s something that they’ll discuss between the two of them,” Horner said.

    "They’ve been together for eight years and yes there are things we could have done better in the race today that we’ll talk about as a team. I think everybody sees we need to find more performance, and everybody is working hard to do that and we’ll have whatever discussions behind closed doors."

    Horner was also asked whether Verstappen's pre-race preparations were up to scratch, but insisted “he knows exactly what is required of him in a Grand Prix and we trust his judgement on that”.

    “…behind closed doors’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...U7aKYPJGShNGbD


    What Max Verstappen’s race engineer was spotted saying on the pit wall after Hungarian GP radio spat
    22 July 2024
    Rory Mitchell
    F1 Oversteer

    It was a frustrating Hungarian Grand Prix for Max Verstappen after he dropped to fifth due to a combination of poor strategy from his team and incidents on track. Verstappen could be heard over team radio furiously arguing with Red Bull race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase after the team elected to make him stay out longer than everyone else before both pit stops.

    What Max Verstappen engineer’s was spotted saying on the Red Bull pit-wall. After the race during the cool-down lap, Lambiase informed Verstappen that he was summoned to the medical delegate after his airborne crash with Hamilton. This led to another sarcastic exchange between the two, although Lambiase did not respond after Verstappen’s remark.

    He was later seen climbing off the pit-wall and saying a phrase to himself according to Cerasoli. “Someone told me they saw Gianpiero Lambiase, his engineer, leaving the pit wall and saying to himself ‘Che giornata’ which is Italian for ‘What a day!’ We knew from yesterday Verstappen was very frustrated.”

    ‘Che giornata’/‘What a day!’

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/wha...gp-radio-spat/


    Biting criticism and tense race expose Verstappen, Red Bull cracks
    Jul 21, 2024
    by Scott Mitchell-Malm
    The Race

    Max Verstappen’s escalating radio exchanges and biting post-race criticism at the Hungarian Grand Prix expose the cracks emerging between himself and Red Bull as a seemingly straightforward 2024 Formula 1 title charge becomes unusually strained.

    Verstappen’s message that his critics “can all f**k off” seemed inevitable in the wake of an increasingly tense, and dramatic, race for the world champion but his team also ended up in the firing line for the second time in three races.

    Red Bull caught more than a few strays from Verstappen after his contentious Austrian Grand Prix battle with Lando Norris a few weeks ago, and he let rip again in Hungary on Sunday after a race in which his typically blunt back-and-forth with his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase seemed to reach new heights.

    ‘Escalating radio exchanges and biting post-race criticism’;

    https://www.the-race.com/formula-1/b...d-bull-cracks/


    Every team radio message furious Max Verstappen sent Red Bull during frustrating Hungarian GP
    22 July 2024
    Rory Mitchell
    F1 Oversteer

    Max Verstappen was irate over team radio during the Hungarian Grand Prix when a mix of strategic decisions and incidents caused him to drop out of the podium places. While the pair are normally known for their sarcastic and witty remarks, the Dutchman’s full temper was on display during the exchanges with Red Bull race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase.

    Lap Verstappen Lambiase
    3 “I got forced off. I was ahead at the apex, and he opened the wheel and got forced off.” “Understood, Max.”
    4 Max, the incident is under investigation. I think our recommendation is you let this go, we can talk about it later. So if you let Lando past down to Turn 1.”
    “Why couldn’t they not just say what they think and then we decide?”
    “OK, so you can just drive people off the track then? Then, you can tell the FIA that’s how we’re gonna race from now onwards – just driving people off the road.”

    Lap Verstappen Lambiase
    65 “He moved under braking.”
    “I’m not going to get into a radio fight with the other teams, Max. We’ll let the stewards do their thing. It’s childish on the radio, childish.”
    70 “I understand the medical delegate needs to have a look at you, examine you, under parc ferme conditions when you get out.”
    “If they could send the medical delegate up to the stewards, maybe they can have a look if they are all okay.”

    ‘Verstappen/Lambiase team radio’;

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/eve...-hungarian-gp/


    Paddock footage shows Lewis Hamilton moment with Max Verstappen after Hungary collision
    22 Jul 2024
    Henry Valantine
    PlanetF1.com

    Cameras caught Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen shaking hands after the two World Champions collided during the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

    … when the two drivers came across each other in the media pen, Hamilton tapped Verstappen on the shoulder, the two shook hands and Verstappen was heard saying to Hamilton “we’ll speak after”, in a moment of respect between the 2021 title rivals.

    ‘Shaking hands’;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/lewis-...andshake-crash


    ‘Quite incredible’: Anthony Davidson explains why Sergio Perez will ‘bounce back’ from Hungary crash
    21 July 2024
    Rory Mitchell
    F1 Oversteer

    Anthony Davidson explains why Sergio Perez can bounce back from Hungary crash. Davidson believes that he will be able to bounce back in the Hungarian GP and puts it down to a specific character trait. “Too many mistakes in too short a time. It’s a simple mistake this one because he’s on the kerb and they are painted surfaces, like any racing driver should know, and it holds the water,” said Davidson.

    “It’s just one of those situations where you’re in the spotlight because of negativity and yet another mistake. It’s just piling on top of you. I do think he’s the type of character to bounce back from this, you hear it in his mindset. He’s quite incredible like that. For all we know he’ll jump in the car, come from 16th and score points. That’s the type of style he has, whereas if it was me I’d be eating myself all night just stressing about it.”

    ‘The type of character to bounce back from this, you hear it in his mindset’;

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/ant...hungary-crash/


    Perez defiant after overcoming Hungarian GP 'nightmare'
    The Red Bull driver recovered to seventh place after crashing out in qualifying in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
    22 July 2024
    Jake Nichol
    RacingNews365

    Sergio Perez has described how he overcame a "nightmare" start in the Hungarian Grand Prix to rescue a seventh-place finish. "We had no grip [at the start] and I was behind George, he overtook me and I nearly went off into Turn 2," he told media including RacingNews365. "It was just a nightmare, and luckily people then started getting out of the way and we caught up, but the first stint was really tricky.”

    "In the second and third stint, we had some good pace, we managed to pass George and undercut him, and I think seventh was the maximum we could have done. I have to take the positives, we had a very strong Friday, we had a very strong race in terms of pace, so that is positive and I am sure that the rest will take care of itself. It is a matter of time, the most important thing is that the pace is there, and I really hope that for Belgium, I can be fighting back for the podium."

    Perez is blocking out the noise and focusing on his performance. "It was positive in regards to the pace, it was just very negative with my mistake [in qualifying], so it is head down as the season is long, but the most important thing is that the pace is there," he said. "[The critics] won't go [away], the noise has been completely shut down from my side, and I am focusing on maximising my own performance to work with the team. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters to me, my boys and the people working with me is giving my very best to them because that is what they deserve.”

    ‘Perez defiant’;

    https://racingnews365.com/perez-defi...n-gp-nightmare


    Perez got “maximum” result despite lingering car problems after crash
    22nd July 2024
    Will Wood
    RaceFans

    After crashing out in Q1 on Saturday, Perez climbed nine places to finish seventh. He doubts he could have finished any higher under the circumstances. “Today was the maximum we could have done,” he said. “So that’s a positive sign.”

    “The pace was strong today. We got overtaken by George [Russell] but we managed to beat him with the strategy, with the pace. From that point on I think it was a maximum we could have done.”

    “Maximum”;

    https://www.racefans.net/2024/07/22/...nd-up-22-07-7/

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    Tsunoda 'very happy' after P9 finish in Hungary.
    Yuki Tsunoda credits his team for rebuilding his car overnight, after a large crash in qualifying, to finish P9 in the 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix.
    21 July 2024
    Formula One - Official Site (Video)

    'Very happy';

    https://www.formula1.com/en/video/ts...06185602620215


    ‘I didn’t expect that!’ – Tsunoda reflects on dramatic Q3 crash in Budapest qualifying
    20 July 2024
    Formula One - Official Site

    The red flags flew for a second time in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix after a dramatic moment for RB’s Yuki Tsunoda – who wound up airborne after pushing too hard on the exit of Turn 5 at the Hungaroring. Tsunoda’s stable mate Sergio Perez had already crashed his Red Bull a few corners further up the road in the opening segment of qualifying, bringing out the first set of red flags.

    “To be honest, I felt great in the turn – I didn’t expect that!” said Tsunoda. “I just ran wide to be honest… Probably because I was on the limit, it’s obviously Q3, and half of the tyre went on the grass – but to be honest with those kind of things, it normally happens. But probably because it was wet, it kind of exaggerated it and I went wide. To be honest, until that corner – I mean, even Turn 5, the lap was great so it’s [a shame].”

    ‘Tsunoda reflects on dramatic Q3 crash’;

    https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/a...kQtiYWcFUkU7UZ


    FIA replaces Turn 5 grass strip with gravel after Tsunoda crash
    13:33 Sun, 21 Jul 2024
    Michael Delaney
    F1i.com

    Following Yuki Tsunoda's dramatic crash in Saturday’s Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, the FIA has taken swift action to prevent similar incidents occurring at the Hungaroring's Turn 5.

    RB CEO Peter Bayer elaborated on the issue, speaking to Motorsport.com. “It was mentioned in the drivers' briefing,” Bayer said. “The ground sank a little and there is a wave [created by the bump] that has the effect like a sausage kerb. He found it.”

    "Following Yuki Tsunoda’s incident in qualifying, the FIA has reviewed all available data as is customary with any on-track incident,” read a statement from the governing body. "After consulting with the circuit, overnight changes were made, and the last four metres of the grass strip behind the exit kerb at Turn 5 have been replaced with gravel.”

    ‘FIA replaces Turn 5 grass strip with gravel’;

    https://f1i.com/news/514518-fia-repl...oda-crash.html


    'Made it so difficult': Daniel Ricciardo shares why Hungarian GP was ‘one of the worst’ F1 races of his career
    22 July 2024
    Ben Evans
    F1 Oversteer

    Daniel Ricciardo says Hungarian GP strategy was ‘one of the worst’ of his Formula 1 career. Asked about how the race panned out, Ricciardo said: “That was one of the worst ones [strategy decisions] I’ve had in 250-something races, that was a long old frustrating race where I just had a lot of anger.

    “You don’t want to pull in the pits … you get the call, and you know this isn’t the thing to do. You get the call late and there’s no time to question it, because then if you miss a lap it’s even worse. But as soon as I pulled in, the cars on soft [tyres] had [already] pulled in, we’re on a medium [tyre] so let’s go, let’s use the pace we’ve got – and then we come out in traffic and it’s just a DRS train and, for what? We’re all then on the same tyre.”

    “I felt like we’d taken ourselves out of the race so early, and then we’re expected to fight a car that’s coming one second a lap quicker on newer tyres. What do you want me to do? We just made it so difficult for ourselves when we had pace and we could have just stayed out, clear air, stay calm and do what we’d done all weekend. We did a race today, but we didn’t do a race if you know what I mean. We were just driving around.”

    ‘One of the worst’;

    https://www.f1oversteer.com/news/dan...of-his-career/


    Daniel Ricciardo radio message draws attention after miserable Hungarian Grand Prix
    22 Jul 2024
    Elizabeth Blackstock
    PlanetF1.com

    “I’m really trying to bite my tongue, but. You must know how I feel about the first stop,” Ricciardo said as he pulled into parc fermé. “OK, understood,” his race engineer Pierre Hamelin replied. “If you feel the same, please…” “We need to review everything,” was the final call from the VCARB team.

    Understandably, Ricciardo had a lot to say about the call after the race. “Why they pitted me when they did at the beginning was, we followed the soft [tire-shod] cars in,” Ricciardo told assembled media. They’ve just come in, we have a clear track, and we decided to pit behind them and put ourselves in a DRS train, on the same tire — we’re all on a hard.”

    “That was… I’ve had a lot of races, and I’ve had a lot of frustrating ones, but that’s up there. We had the pace, and we basically gave Yuki the race that we had in front of us, and we both could have done that. And we didn’t.”

    “I’m really trying to bite my tongue”;

    https://www.planetf1.com/news/daniel...ian-grand-prix


    Furious Daniel Ricciardo rips RB team over dodgy strategy call in Hungarian Grand Prix
    July 21, 2024
    Damien McCartney
    Channel 9's Wide World of Sports

    Starting ninth with RB teammate Tsunoda in 10th, the pair were both jumped by the fast-starting Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen on the soft tyres. Tsunoda did not pit when Ricciardo did. He stayed out and completed his first pitstop on lap 29 – a lap after Ricciardo completed his second stop. Ricciardo said he knew the call to pit was the wrong one straight away, but explained it came far too late – as he rounded the corner immediately before the pit entry – for him to argue the point.

    "It's a late call, box, box, box, and you pit," he said. "Honestly, as soon as I'm pulling in the pits I'm questioning it, but you can't (do anything about it). You get called in ... and you have to react. We talk about strategies and that, but two cars jumped us at the start with a soft tyre. That's fine, let them go. They pit and we follow them to then just be on their strategy.”

    "We would have had clear air and a chance to, I think from what I understand, do Yuki's race (and stay out). Honestly, I was expecting more. On the in-lap I was waiting for 'Sorry, we f---ed up', and I didn't get it. That made me even more angry." Ricciardo was running 11th in the closing stages, but was demoted to 12th by the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll on fresher tyres, which only frustrated the Aussie more.

    “I'm pulling in the pits I'm questioning it”;

    https://www.nine.com.au/sport/motors...22-p5jvfr.html


    Ricciardo on F1 future: “Planning ahead in this sport is not the right thing to do”
    Daniel Ricciardo is taking it race by race as he heads into one of the most important events of his career.
    23 July 2024
    Mat Coch
    Speedcafe

    “Definitely take it as it comes,” he said of his current approach to his future. “You just can't afford to look too far ahead. Planning ahead in this sport is not the right thing to do, so it's race by race. That's the approach.”

    “Obviously just trying to be present and making sure I'm fully in the moment and giving everything I can on that given day. That's definitely the approach I'm taking. It's also how you're perceived in this sport,” he added.

    “You're as good as your last race. You can have five bad races and the you have this amazing result, and everyone's like ‘Well, we knew that they could do it'.”

    ‘Taking it race by race’;

    https://speedcafe.com/ricciardo-on-f...t-thing-to-do/

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