Lewis Hamilton has left Martin Brundle looking rather silly by clinching pole just minutes after the Sky Sports reporter suggested that the Mercedes star had already ‘passed the baton’ onto Lando Norris.
Brundle felt Norris’ defence against Hamilton at the Silverstone GP – where he finished second ahead of the Mercedes star – showed that he was the future of British racing. However, Hamilton’s former foe Nico Rosberg leapt to the seven-time world champion’s defence, saying: “Martin please slow down, Lewis is not quite done yet. He was first in FP3 there.”
Hamilton went one better a little later as he stole pole position by just 0.03 seconds and will now start ahead of Max Verstappen at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Meanwhile, a huge talking point in Budapest this weekend has left Fernando Alonso feeling ‘horrible’.
The Aston Martin star was left feeling disgruntled after F1 changed the rules governing tyre allocation and restricted each car to just 11 sets of slick Pirelli rubber over the weekend as well as locking the teams into running hard tyres in Q1, medium tyres in Q2, and softs in Q3. Discussing the rule change, he said: “For me it’s horrible. I think that if you pay an entry fee of 300, 400, 500 euros, these barbarities and we can’t go out because we are reserving tyres.”
in 2 days22:09 Charlie Malam
Lando apologises to Max
Lando Norris has apologised to Max Verstappen for smashing his Hungarian Grand Prix winners’ trophy.
Verstappen took to Instagram to post several pictures and videos of his broken trophy and wrote alongside a wink emoji: “Thanks @landonorris.”
In reply, Norris commented: “I’m so sorry.” And Verstappen’s girlfriend Kelly Piquet as she wrote: “@landonorris hope you have better form tomorrow!”
in 2 days21:02 Charlie Malam
Russell wants Norris penalty
George Russell has joked that Lando Norris deserves a 10-second penalty for smashing Max Verstappen’s Hungarian Grand Prix trophy.
The Dutchman was presented a porcelain vase for winning the race in Budapest but footage of the podium celebrations showed McLaren’s Norris accidentally damaging it.
After witnessing the vase tumble and shatter, the Mercedes driver said in an Sky Sports F1 interview: “What?! You are kidding me! What happened…
“That’s surely got to be like a 10 second penalty! That is awful. What is he thinking? He needs to go to Specsavers maybe.”
in 2 days19:59 Archie Griggs
Hamilton hated ‘every lap’
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he did not enjoy a single minute of the Hungarian Grand Prix after losing three positions on the opening lap.
“Honestly, there wasn’t a lap that I enjoyed driving the car today, because the car didn’t feel good today at all,” he said.
“For some reason we just generally lacked pace. It did get better towards the end but still it was pretty tough. I knew I wouldn’t be able to catch Sergio [Perez] or at least [get past] a Red Bull, because they’re obviously so quick.
“You live and you learn. Yesterday was a good day and we’ll take the positives, but we’re a long shot away from winning at the moment.”
in 2 days18:24 Stuart Ballard
Wolff left frustrated
Toto Wolff wants answers on why Mercedes were unable to make the most of being the ‘second fastest car’ in Hungary.
“We had the second fastest car, only Max was faster. We just didn’t get everything out of it.
“With Lewis you hope for a safety car in the last phase and you also create a tire difference, so you can go much faster than the rest at the end.
“However, we lost too much in the first laps.”
in 2 days17:35 Stuart Ballard
McLaren boss mocks Norris
Lando Norris’ trophy smash was arguably the biggest drama from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
It’s been the talk of the paddock since the end of the race.
And even McLaren team boss Zak Brown was able to joke about the incident by pretending to smash Norris’ trophy.
DON'T DO IT ZAK!
Chaotic scenes as Zak Brown pretended to smash Lando's P2 trophy 😅💥 pic.twitter.com/O0HDaJjY2J
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) July 23, 2023