Lewis Hamilton defeated Barteribotta against Mercedes in the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, beating Red Bull’s Max Verstappen 1-2.
The seven-time champion beat Botta by 0.315 seconds in the time set on the first run, as neither Mercedes driver improved on the final lap.
Verstappen improved in the final run, but was 0.106 seconds behind Bottas.
And Verstappen started the race with soft tires, but Mercedes chose the preferred medium compound.
Hamilton was booed by a large number of Dutch fans at the grandstand during an interview after the session.
“I’ve never felt so great with boos,” Hamilton said. “If anything, it only inspires me, so I don’t really care about it.
“The last lap was a great qualifying lap. We have a great teamwork from everyone this weekend and we are constantly working on development. It’s great to see everyone get together.
“Soft tyres are worth about 5 meters from the line entering Turn 1. It’s amazing to see them on soft tyres. For our team, it’s been a while since we’ve had a front row lockout. That’s great. “
Verstappen, who started the race eight points earlier than Hamilton in the championship, said: can. “
Bottas attacks boo fans
Bottas, who finished second on the grid, gave Mercedes a tactical advantage over Red Bull and blamed Hamilton’s booing fans.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Finn said.
“We are here as athletes to do everything we can in our favorite sport. Lewis did a great rap at the end. People have to ask themselves about this behavior. It’s not right and I We don’t want to hear about them. “
Hamilton said: “People have the right. It’s a sport. People act wild when it comes to sports and competition. I don’t keep that in mind. I do the right thing to act frankly. Must be. “
Verstappen added, “Of course it’s not right, but as a driver, you shouldn’t be disturbed by this. It’s not good, but it shouldn’t affect any of us.”
Tire selection raises eyebrows
The choice of Red Bull tires was a surprise to Verstappen. Medium has a better pace and durability against race stints.
The soft improves grip from the line, but starting third behind both Mercedes reduces the chances of hitting Hamilton on the first lap.
However, Verstappen decided that the team wanted to run soft tires for the final run in the second qualifying, and the time set early on the medium tires was too short to be knocked out by a soft midfield car.
“I had a medium lap time on the edge of the top 10, so I decided to finish the lap,” he said.
“We talked about it, and they decided they wanted to go soft. After all, it would be safe to even go through, but only 0.03 seconds. That’s what it is. . We will find tomorrow. ”
Hamilton dismisses gamemanship accusations
Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was fourth because he wasn’t in time to start the final lap.
It happened after a Mercedes driver in front of Red Bull, led by Bottas, made a very slow out lap before the final run.
Verstappen only turned around in time to complete the final lap, but Perez behind him didn’t.
“What happened?” He asked the team. “A little gamemanship,” said his engineer.
However, Hamilton dismissed the allegation that Mercedes was deliberately doing it.
“It’s very ridiculous,” he said. “Everyone was late. Didn’t you see everyone? Everyone was a late lap. Do you think you were closer to Valtteri faster? It was no different from the other laps.
“I wasn’t playing tactics. I don’t have to play tactics. I know what I’m doing in the car. I’m fast enough.”
Behind the top four, Pierre Guthrie was impressed with Alpha Tauri’s fifth place, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso’s alpine plants and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel have completed the top ten.
Leclerc teammate Carlos Sainz will start in 15th place after a crash in the final corner of the second half of qualifying.
And George Russell was disappointed in 17th place because he couldn’t get Williams in the second half of qualifying for the first time this season.
Booing after Lewis Hamilton takes pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix
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