Hamilton op paal in Mercedes 1-2 by die Hongaarse GP met Verstappen derde

LEWIS HAMILTON starts on pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix in a huge boost to his title hopes.

Arch rival Max Verstappen is back in third.

Lewis Hamilton in qualifying action

Lewis Hamilton in qualifying actionKrediet: EPA
Max Verstappen leads the drivers' world championship standings

Max Verstappen leads the driversworld championship standingsKrediet: AP
Carlos Sainz crashed out in Q2

Carlos Sainz crashed out in Q2Krediet: Getty

Valtteri Bottas qualified in second, meaning a Mercedes 1-2 for tomorrow’s race.

Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez begins in fourth.

It was another impressive afternoon for McLaren’s British driver Lando Norris who starts in sixth.

Tyre selection proved a major talking point, with Mercedes the only team to select the mediums for Q3.

It means every driver in the top 10 on the grid will be on softs except Hamilton and Bottas.

Title rivals Hamilton and Verstappen head into tomorrow’s race split by just eight points in the driversworld championship standings.

It was clear who the fans in Hungary would prefer to win tomorrow, with Hamilton met with a chorus of boos when he stepped up for his post-qualifying interview.

The British superstar said he welcomed the boossaying theyfuelled” hom.

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz suffered a huge smash after losing control.

The Spaniard came off at high speed in Q2, sliding into the wall and losing his front wing.

He starts from 15th in tomorrow’s race.

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It was a frustrating qualifying session yet again for Daniel Ricciardo who failed to make the top-10 shootout. The Australian starts in 11th.

Mr Saturday George Russell managed to out-qualify his Williams team-mate, but it was still a disappointing afternoon, with him finishing 17th ahead of Nicholas Latifi in 18th.

Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher bring up the rear.

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