Mercedes and George Russell have cause to celebrate after Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying, as the young Briton scored his first career pole position, which is also Mercedes’ first pole of 2022.
Lewis Hamilton, however, only managed to get P7. Afterwards he explained what went wrong.
“I had a DRS not working,” the Briton said.
“But otherwise, huge congratulations to George. It is an amazing feeling to get your first pole position, and it is huge for us as a team.
“We don’t know where our pace all of a sudden came from, it came from nowhere and that is a huge positive.
“I will do what I can to support him, we should be able to win from that position on this track and I will try to work my way up.
“I don’t know where our race pace is going to be because [in free practice] we were slow in both [single-lap and long-runs], but maybe all of a sudden we have found something.”
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Asked if this could have been Mercedes’ first one-two of the season, Lewis said:
“For sure. It is definitely frustrating after all the trouble we have had, to finally be able to fight for the front row and not be able to do it but there will be other times.”
Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin said on Friday that Mercedes’ experiments in practice didn’t turn out well, and added they will undo the changes for Saturday.
Lewis says the car felt completely different today.
“The car is night-and-day different. We did a lot of work overnight, the guys back at the factory did a lot of work on the sim.
“We didn’t get to feel it in FP3 [due to rain] but in quali it was feeling racy,” Hamilton concluded.