After two wins in the last three races, the first Honda-powered pole position since our return to Formula 1 followed on today, thanks to a stunning performance from Max at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso saw their two cars comfortably through to Q2 with a good performance in the first part of qualifying, with Max looking like a pole position contender throughout the weekend.
In the extremely close midfield, both Alex and Daniil set best lap times just 0.005s apart in a sign they got close to the car’s potential, as Alex will line-up 12th and Daniil one position behind him in 13th. Both drivers will have a free choice of tyre compounds to start the race on, which could prove crucial on a weekend where little long-run data has been possible because of rain.
While the Toro Rosso pair dropped out in Q2, both Max and Pierre performed well to advance to Q3. Once in Q3, it was a three-way fight for pole position between Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari, with Max setting the fastest time on the first runs.
He then duly improved with an excellent final lap and it was needed as he ended up just 0.018s clear of Valtteri Bottas to secure the first pole position of his career. Pierre secured himself a third-row start with a slight mistake on his last attempt meaning he will start from sixth on the grid.
Toyoharu Tanabe, Technical Director: “Max Verstappen produced yet another exceptional performance to secure his first-ever pole position in F1. Congratulations to him for that achievement, which was down to a team effort from Honda and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
“Now we will focus on carrying this performance through to tomorrow’s race on a circuit where overtaking is very difficult. As for our other three cars, in 6th with Gasly and 12th and 13th places for Scuderia Toro Rosso, I believe we have a good chance of scoring points with all of them. That’s our target.”