DANIEL RICCIARDO, Finish Position: 3rd, Start Position: 3rd
“I’m really pleased with a podium today, I don’t think we could have got a win. We tried at the start; we had a good run off the line and at the apex the Mercs were in my blind spot, so I thought I was in the lead, but on the exit I was done by Lewis (Hamilton) and then Nico (Rosberg) got me round the outside of Turn Two. I think even if we had got the lead, their pace was good so they could have even over-cut us if they stayed out an extra lap. Third was the best we could do and Seb (Vettel) got really close in the last three laps; my tyres were getting towards the end, so coming over the line in third was good. Three podiums in a row here is great, it’s a good place for me. I feel really good. Fridays and Saturdays have been really good for us from the start of the season but the last few Sundays, for whatever reason, I haven’t been that satisfied with, so it was important to put it together from Friday to Sunday this weekend and I believe I did that. And now we’ve got another in seven days, so that’s another chance to be happy again!”



Russian dominates in Budapest
Sergey Sirotkin has put his title challenge back on track with a crushing win in this morning’s Sprint Race at the Hungaroring to add to yesterday’s podium, capitalising on his rival’s mistakes before leaving everyone behind to claim victory ahead of Jordan King and Norman Nato.

The groundwork for the win was set up at the start: poleman King made a good escape when the lights went out but Nato was slow away from second and was soon fighting with Nobuharu Matsushita, but Sirotkin was faster than them both to slide inside the squabble and into P2 at Turn one, with his teammate coming together with Antonio Giovinazzi behind him and Raffaele Marciello running wide to avoid the collision.

Arthur Pic spun on his own at Turn two and triggered mayhem: Gustav Malja ran over Alex Lynn’s rear wheel, with the Swede continuing but the Briton out on the spot, while Matsushita and Luca Ghiotto found the outside barriers for early retirement, spurring a safety car period to remove the four cars. The race was to go live on lap 4, but at the front King ran wide at Turn 13 and Sirotkin was all over him: the pair ran side by side all the way to Turn 4 when the Russian broke through into the lead, and within seconds he was gone.

Sirotkin set a string of fastest laps to set up a lead that was never to be challenged, putting on a driving masterclass to win by almost five seconds from King, who thereafter had a lonely race for a solid second place. Teammate Nato held on for a podium despite constant pressure from Artem Markelov, who overtook former teammate Mitch Evans for 4th just 8 laps in but was unable to repeat the move on the Frenchman, while Oliver Rowland stared at the New Zealander’s exhaust pipe for much of the race but just couldn’t get by. Pierre Gasly moved up to P7 and claimed points for the fastest lap, while Marciello grabbed the last point of the race in 8th place.

Gasly leaves Budapest in the lead of the drivers’ standings ahead of teammate Giovinazzi on 107 points to 96, with Marciello third on 85 points ahead of Rowland on 83, Nato on 81, King on 80, Evans on 77 and Sirotkin joining his rivals on 70 points, while in the teams’ fight PREMA Racing extend their lead over Racing Engineering by 203 points to 161, ahead of RUSSIAN TIME on 150 and ART Grand Prix on 126 points as the grid looks toward the next round of the championship in Hockenheim next week.


NICO ROSBERG  grabs pole position for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a prolonged qualifying session punctuated by rainstorms and red flags.

The championship-leading 31-year-old German produced a fastest lap of one minute and 19.965 seconds at the end of a session stretched to nearly two hours by heavy rain and crashes in the hazardous conditions on the twisting Hungaroring circuit on Saturday.

Defending three-time champion Hamilton, who is just one point behind Rosberg after 10 of this year’s 21 races, was 0.143 seconds behind his rival as the pair secured their team’s sixth front-row lockout of the season.

“It was a really challenging qualifying with the changing conditions all the time,” said Rosberg.

Hamilton looked to be on course to take pole when on an improved best lap he came across Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s McLaren spinning off the track in front of him.

The Briton had to take evasive action, which cost him time, before Rosberg came round and was able to continue without easing off.

“It was unfortunate with Fernando, but these things happen,” said Hamilton, who has been gnawing away at Rosberg’s lead in the standings and is chasing a third win in succession.

“I did the best I could do and it’s a long race tomorrow so I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”

“I’ve been feeling really good out there the whole weekend in all conditions. I’m looking forward to the race and the great opportunity tomorrow.”



ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries fastest in Hungarian qualifying
McLaren protégé and ART Grand Prix’s Nyck de Vries produced the goods in qualifying today by posting the quickest lap in the dying seconds to claim his first GP3 pole. The Dutchman clocked a laptime of 1:32.979 which was almost half a second faster than Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry who had been sat pretty at the top of the timesheet. Trident and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was third after leading the qualifying battle early on.
Very hot temperatures set the scene for the thirty minute qualifying session with Campos Racing’s Alex Palou setting the initial pace. Fuoco was then busy lighting timing screens in purple in sector two and three to go P1 ahead of Matevos Isaakyan, Artur Janosz, Jake Dennis and Giuliano Alesi.
ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Albon was first to dip into the 1m33’s and held a one tenth advantage over Fuoco. The session was briefly red flagged after Steijn Schothorst stopped at Turn 7. When the session resumed, there were just under seven minutes left on the clock remaining and at this point Series leader Charles Leclerc was down in P11.
Ralph Boschung shot to second, a mere 0.026s off Albon before Fuoco found some extra pace to return to the head of the timings. Leclerc also was on the move and was up to P3. But it was Parry who looked racy and he rose to provisional pole with a tenth in hand.
Fuoco tried to his best to respond but he was 0.014s shy of the Brit’s best effort. Dennis was also on the attack as he went third quickest but all eyes were on De Vries as the ART Grand Prix rookie impressively flew to the top of the timesheet by almost half a second.
At the chequered flag, De Vries was overjoyed to pocket his maiden GP3 pole ahead of Parry in second who had his best qualifying result of the season. Fuoco, Dennis, Nirei Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Albon, Arjun Maini and Boschung completed the top ten.
Race 1 takes place today at 17.20 (GMT+2).



Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry fastest at the Hungaroring
Brit Matthew Parry recorded the best time in Free Practice for Round 4 of the GP3 Series season. The Koiranen GP driver’s quickest laptime was 0.027s quicker than ART Grand Prix’s Nirei Fukuzumi. Fresh from his Haas F1 Team FP1 duties this morning; Charles Leclerc was third.
The forty-five minute session was run in hot conditions as the 23 drivers ventured onto the Hungaroring eager to be back in business. Arden International’s Jake Dennis set the early pace and bettered his personal best to increase his advantage at the front to four tenths.
New GP3 winner Antonio Fuoco from Trident found some extra pace to go P1, albeit only briefly as DAMS’ rookie Jake Hughes shot to the top spot by half a second. Artur Janosz displaced his teammate to go second, before Jenzer Motorsport’s Arjun Maini lapped three tenths off Hughes to move into P2.
Hughes increased his margin over his rivals with his DAMS teammate Santino Ferrucci rising to second. However, Parry was the next man on the move as he clocked a laptime of 1:33.484 to take control of the timesheet. Fukuzumi responded and went quickest with Leclerc hot on his tails. Meanwhile Ferrari Driver Academy’s Fuoco was up to third until Leclerc demoted the Italian to fourth in the final moments.
Parry still had more in his pocket as he brought his Koiranen GP machine over the line to head back into P1 and top the session at the chequered flag. Fukuzumi, Leclerc, Fuoco, Matevos Isaakyan, Alex Albon, Hughes, Nyck de Vries, Dennis and Maini completed the top ten.
Qualifying takes place tomorrow at 09.45 local time (GMT+2).



Frenchman dominates Qualifying session
Pierre Gasly crushed his rivals’ hopes with a stunning performance in this afternoon’s Qualifying session at the Hungaroring, keeping cool in scorching conditions to run out of sequence and grab pole position ahead of Sergey Sirotkin and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

The Red Bull tester’s best time of 1:25.612 was more than half a second faster than anyone, with the Frenchman setting the two fastest laps of the session as his rivals floundered while they tried to find any improvement. The session opened with a cooler track but higher air temperatures than this morning’s Free Practice, and everyone except the PREMA Racing pairing were immediately out to take advantage of the F1 rubber.

The times were tumbling almost every time someone crossed the line, with Oliver Rowland then Alex Lynn then Nobuharu Matsushita and finally Sirotkin grabbing the top spot, leaving most of the field on their in-laps just as Gasly and Giovinazzi emerged on-track, handing the pair a largely clean circuit with which to work: they put it to good use, lining up P1 and P3 respectively, just as the DAMS teammates re-emerged to see what they could do with it.

Lynn looked like he had a good lap in the bag but ran wide at Turn 11, with Nicholas Latifi similarly wayward: the rest of the field came out and their gamble hadn’t paid out. ART Grand Prix were leading the way, with Sirotkin improving his time a little but still unable to challenge Gasly, who also returned to the circuit and beat his own time, rubbing salt into his rivals’ wounds: an even better lap was missed when the Frenchman ran a slightly wide at Turn 12 on his final tour, with the chequered flag bringing an end to their torture.

Behind the top three Matsushita leads Norman Nato, Luca Ghiotto, Arthur Pic, Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King and Marvin Kirchhöfer, all of whom will be burning the midnight oil to make sure that their race pace is better than their qualifying, so that they can look towards a podium in tomorrow’s Feature Race.

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