But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Ferrari, Williams or Toro Rosso may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Lewis Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.22.890, Nico Rosberg was second, Sebastian Vettel was third, Daniil Kvyat was fourth and Kimi Raikkonen was fifth. Valtteri Bottas, Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Jenson Button, Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.
In Q2, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.22.785, Rosberg was second, Vettel was third, Ricciardo was fourth and Bottas was fifth. Kvyat, Massa, Verstappen and Grosjean managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q2, we lose Hulkenberg, Sainz, Perez, Maldonado and Alonso.
In the second half of Q2, we saw Fernando Alonso stopping on track just at the entrance of the pit lane with engine problems on his McLaren-Honda. This then brought out the red flags while the marshals recovered the McLaren-Honda safely off the track.
In Q3, Hamilton tops the timesheet in Q3 and gets pole with a lap time of 1.22.020 to claim his fifth consecutive Pole Position of the season at the Hungarian GP; his 47th Pole Position of his career. Rosberg was second fastest with a gap of 0.575 seconds behind Hamilton and Vettel was a credible third fastest with a gap of 0.719 seconds behind Hamilton.
Ricciardo was a credible fourth fastest with a gap of 0.754 seconds behind and Raikkonen was fifth fastest with a gap of 1.000 seconds behind Hamilton. Bottas was sixth fastest with a gap of 1.202 seconds behind, Kvyat was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.312 seconds behind, Massa was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.517 seconds behind, Verstappen was ninth fastest with a gap of 1.659 seconds behind and Grosjean was tenth fastest.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Massa, Vettel, Bottas or even Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Ricciardo, Verstappen, Grosjean and Kvyat could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Budapest circuit on race day tomorrow…