Hungarian Grand Prix: F1 – live!

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Sacked Formula One race director Michael Masi has said he received death threats following the decision that cost Lewis Hamilton an eighth world title.

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Masi was stood down from the race director’s role after an investigation into his handling of the Abu Dhabi title showdown finale in December. The Australian controversially let lapped cars pass the safety car on the final lap – meaning title rival Max Verstappen had a clear run at Hamilton on much faster tyres.

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Verstappen won the one-lap shoot-out, denying Hamilton the crown at the season’s big finale. Masi quit F1 last month to return home to Australia, and has now revealed the scale of abuse he has received.

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“There were some really dark days,” Masi told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “I felt like I was the most hated man in the world. I got death threats, people saying they were going to come after me and my family. I still remember walking down the street in London a day or two later. I thought I was OK until I started looking over my shoulder.

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“I was looking at people wondering if they were going to get me.”

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George Russell in pole, a first for the young Englishman, a triumph of pacing and tyre management. The first of many to come? Very probably, now for how long can he defend himself against the rampant Ferraris and a wounded Red Bull, annoyed by Max Verstappen back in 10th, and looking to speed through the field. Verstappen’s plight can relight this championship with nine races to go – this one is the last one before the summer break. Sergio Perez, third on the grid, has a big job on to keep the field occupied while his team leader tries to come in from way back. And Lewis Hamilton, in seventh, who finished second at Paul Ricard, and to his obvious satisfaction, has a part to play. Mercedes have been a growing factor in what has become a most interesting season.

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Lights out at 2pm, join me.

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The grid positions

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  • 1. George Russell
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  • 2. Carlos Sainz
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  • 3. Charles Leclerc
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  • 4. Lando Norris
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  • 5. Esteban Ocon
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  • 6. Fernando Alonso
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  • 7. Lewis Hamilton
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  • 8. Valtteri Bottas
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  • 9. Daniel Ricciardo
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  • 10. Max Verstappen
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  • 11. Sergio Perez
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  • 12. Guanyu Zhou
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  • 13. Kevin Magnussen
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  • 14. Lance Stroll
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  • 15. Mick Schumacher
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  • 16. Yuki Tsunoda
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  • 17. Alex Albon
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  • 18. Sebastian Vettel
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  • 19. Pierre Gasly
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  • 20. Nicholas Latifi
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A windswept Max Verstappen on trying to get to the podium: “It will be quite tough but we will be giving it a go.”

The cars are being loaded into their starting positions, and George Russell, in pole, has been talking to Sky F1.

The biggest challenge is managing the tyres and trying to eek out every single stint to its maximum. There are no guarantees. Having the two Ferrari’s around us means they can do as they please but I’m just going to be going as fast as I can. Ferrari have a better chance than us but we’re starting from a better position.

The cars are out of their garages and out on the track ahead of the grid. There’s a few headwinds and tailwinds out there. This is a classically difficult track, with that long straight. Lewis Hamilton has won eight times here, it’s a place for a calm head with some sharp turns, particularly off the start.

A reflection of Lewis Hamilton’s car heading to the grid.
A reflection of Lewis Hamilton’s car heading to the grid. Photograph: Lisa Leutner/Reuters

Updated at 13.40 BST

A reminder of the standings in the drivers’ championship

  • 1. Max Verstappen – 233 points
  • 2. Charles Leclerc – 170 points
  • 3. Sergio Perez – 163 points
  • 4. Carlos Sainz – 144 points
  • 5. George Russell – 143 points
  • 6. Lewis Hamilton – 127 points
  • 7. Lando Norris – 70 points
  • 8. Esteban Ocon – 56 points
  • 9. Valtteri Bottas – 46 points
  • 10. Fernando Alonso – 37 points
  • 11. Kevin Magnussen – 22 points
  • 12. Daniel Ricciardo -19 points
  • 13. Pierre Gasly – 16 points
  • 14. Sebastian Vettel -15 points
  • 15. Mick Schumacher – 12 points
  • 16. Yuki Tsunoda – 11 points
  • 17. Guanyu Zhou – 5 points
  • 18. Lance Stroll – 4 points
  • 19. Alex Albon – 3 points
  • 20. Nicholas Latifi – 0 points
  • 21. Nico Hulkenberg – 0 points

There’s the possibility of rain for this race, and that brings extra intangibles in. Lewis Hamilton used to be regarded as the best driver in the wet. Is that still the case?

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#F1 #BBCF1 #HUNGARIANGP 🇭🇺 SUNDAY 1/2: It’s been an on-&-off wet morning at Hungaroring, where ~7mm of rain has fallen since 6am (now 9am local). As some forecast models indicated, clearance of low pressure has been slow. Consequently, uncertainty for conditions by race start >>

— Ian Fergusson (@fergieweather) July 31, 2022

Reminder of what happened last week at Paul Ricard, where Max Verstappen was the beneficiary of a Charles Leclerc mistake, one the Ferrari driver admitted was all his fault.

This was the week Sebastian Vettel announced this season will be his last.

Vettel’s decision to retire did not come as an enormous surprise when it was made before this weekend’s Hungarian GP. The 35-year-old has of late had the demeanour of the demob-happy after 15 years in F1, having secured 53 wins, behind only Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.

He has had a carefree air that suggested F1 had ceased being the centre of his universe. Indeed as he grew his hair out and began sporting a tousled beard there was more than a little of the LA Woman-period Jim Morrison relaxed, swagger to him. Without Mr Mojo’s extra pounds of course.

Masi received death threats after Abu Dhabi decision

Sacked Formula One race director Michael Masi has said he received death threats following the decision that cost Lewis Hamilton an eighth world title.

Masi was stood down from the race director’s role after an investigation into his handling of the Abu Dhabi title showdown finale in December. The Australian controversially let lapped cars pass the safety car on the final lap – meaning title rival Max Verstappen had a clear run at Hamilton on much faster tyres.

Verstappen won the one-lap shoot-out, denying Hamilton the crown at the season’s big finale. Masi quit F1 last month to return home to Australia, and has now revealed the scale of abuse he has received.

“There were some really dark days,” Masi told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph. “I felt like I was the most hated man in the world. I got death threats, people saying they were going to come after me and my family. I still remember walking down the street in London a day or two later. I thought I was OK until I started looking over my shoulder.

“I was looking at people wondering if they were going to get me.”

Giles Richards witnessed a good day in qualifying – at last – for Mercedes.

There was elation in the Mercedes garage at the Hungaroring as mechanics and engineers who have been under the cosh all season were finally able to enjoy the adrenaline surge of success once more. While Russell, the 24-year-old who is always careful to keep a tight rein on his emotions, was lit up with pleasure.

“This is what racing is about,” he said. “Why I wake up every single day because feelings like this are something you can’t really dream of.”

Pierre Gasly will start in the pit lane. He was 19th on the grid in any case, so no major moves in the field.

From the official F1 site

Pierre Gasly will start the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane, after taking a new power unit aboard his AlphaTauri AT03 – but having done so without the approval of FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer.

Gasly, plus Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, have all taken on a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H and MGU-K each – with Gasly additionally taking a new energy store and control electronics, as the Red Bull pair opted for new exhausts.

Verstappen and Perez remain within their allocation for the above power unit components, meaning they hold onto their respective 10th and 11th places on the grid.

Preamble

George Russell in pole, a first for the young Englishman, a triumph of pacing and tyre management. The first of many to come? Very probably, now for how long can he defend himself against the rampant Ferraris and a wounded Red Bull, annoyed by Max Verstappen back in 10th, and looking to speed through the field. Verstappen’s plight can relight this championship with nine races to go – this one is the last one before the summer break. Sergio Perez, third on the grid, has a big job on to keep the field occupied while his team leader tries to come in from way back. And Lewis Hamilton, in seventh, who finished second at Paul Ricard, and to his obvious satisfaction, has a part to play. Mercedes have been a growing factor in what has become a most interesting season.

Lights out at 2pm, join me.

The grid positions

  • 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. Alex Albon
  • 18. Sebastian Vettel
  • 19. Pierre Gasly
  • 20. Nicholas Latifi

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