Quick Bit: Another victory last weekend at France’s Circuit Paul Ricard for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen saw the reigning Formula One world champion extend his healthy lead at the top of this year’s drivers’ championship standings.

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Another victory last weekend at France’s Circuit Paul Ricard for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen saw the reigning Formula One world champion extend his healthy lead at the top of this year’s drivers’ championship standings.

He now sits 63 points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who suffered another humiliating error last time out as he spun into the barrier and was forced to retire whilst in the lead.

It was better news for Mercedes pair Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, however, as the British duo rounded out the podium places in Le Castellet. The P2 and P3 finishes highlight the successful upgrades that the German manufacturer have put on their car in recent weeks as they look to recover from a difficult start to the season.

That success has followed the team over to Hungary after Russell stunned the rest of the grid to claim his first ever pole position as he starts from the front at the Hungaroring today.

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 as it happens

1 hour to lights out: Welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the 13th race of the 2022 F1 calendar.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen stole a further march on his championship rivals with another convincing victory last time out in France but can Ferrari finally put together a perfect race day in response as they look to close the gap at the top of the constructors’ standings?

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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix 2022 starting grid

Mercedes driver George Russel claimed his first ever pole position during qualifying for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, leaving it until his final flying lap to steal away top spot from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Beating Sainz by just 0.044 seconds, Russell put together the perfect lap when it mattered most as Mercedes continue to improve their cars performance after a disappointing start to the season.

Title challenger Charles Leclerc will start from P3 after failing to get the better of his teammate in qualifying, though championship leader Max Verstappen will start all the way back in P10 after his engine gave out on his final qualifying run yesterday.

Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez disappointed as he failed to even make it into Q3. He qualified in P11 for this afternoon’s race, with both drivers taking subsequent penalties for swapping in a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K each, though it won’t affect their starting grid positions.

Elsewhere McLaren’s Lando Norris qualified P4 as he continues to outperform his car whilst Alpine pair Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso start P5 and P6 respectively. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Riccardo and Verstappen round out the top ten.

Full starting grid lineup for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix:

Position
Driver
1.
George Russell
2.
Carlos Sainz
3.
Charles Leclerc
4.
Lando Norris
5.
Esteban Ocon
6.
Fernando Alonso
7.
Lewis Hamilton
8.
Valtteri Bottas
9.
Daniel Ricciardo
10.
Max Verstappen
11.
Sergio Perez
12.
Guanyu Zhou
13.
Kevin Magnussen
14.
Lance Stroll
15.
Mick Schumacher
16.
Yuki Tsunoda
17.
Alexander Albon
18.
Sebastian Vettel
19.
Nicolas Latifi
20.
Pierre Gasly*

*Starting from pit lane due to being given a penalty for exchanging engine parts.

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What time does the Hungarian Grand Prix race start today?

Date: Sunday, July 31
Start time: 2 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. BST / 9 a.m. ET / 11 p.m. AEST

How to watch the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

USA: The ESPN family of networks will broadcast all 2022 F1 races in the United States using Sky Sports’ feed, with select races airing on ABC later in the season. You can also stream Formula 1 races live in the U.S. with fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

ESPN Deportes serves as the exclusive Spanish-language home for all 2022 F1 races in the U.S.

UK: Sky Sports F1, or online through Sky Go, is the place to catch all the F1 action in the UK.

Canada: In Canada, you can watch F1 via the English-language TSN or French-language RDS.

Australia: Fox Sports is the carrier of live F1 coverage in Australia.

UK
USA
Canada
Australia
Date
July 31
July 31
July 31
July 31
Time
2 p.m. BST
9 a.m. ET
9 a.m. ET
11 p.m. AEST
TV Channel
Sky Sports F1
ESPN
TSN
Fox Sports

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