Rich Energy Haas F1 Team Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Recap

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Rich Energy Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen qualified ninth and 15th, respectively, for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, the 12th round of the FIA Formula One World Championship at Hungaroring in Budapest. Magnussen will start the race from 14th after 14th-place qualifier Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo was penalized three grid positions for impeding during Q1.

The Haas F1 Team duo, utilizing dual aero specs on their respective Haas VF-19 racecars for the third consecutive race weekend, both successfully advanced to Q2 as part of the top-15 for the second weekend in a row. Both did it during the closing laps of the session, Magnussen’s lap of 1:16.122 around the 4.381-kilometer (2.722-mile), 14-turn circuit the fourth-best of the session and Grosjean’s 1:16.978 good for 15th spot on the timesheet.

In Q2, Grosjean picked up time significantly and grabbed the eighth-fastest lap of 1:16.317 to advance to Q3. Magnussen struggled to find grip during the session after his solid Q1 lap. He clocked the 15th-fastest lap of 1:17.081, .563 of a second back of the 10th and final position to advance to Q3.

Grosjean laid down his best lap of the weekend and the ninth-best lap of Q3 with a 1:16.013. It gives him his best grid position at Hungaroring since he started third and second in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Both Haas F1 drivers utilized the Pirelli P Zero Red soft tires throughout qualifying.

Taking the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix was Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing, whose fast Q3 lap of 1:14.572 was .018 of a second better than No. 2 qualifier Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes. It was a first career pole for Verstappen, who became the 100th pole-winning driver in Formula One history.

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