George Russell refuses to commit on Mercedes question after stunning Hungary GP pole

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George Russell declared himself “over the moon” after securing his first pole position in Formula 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but played down the team’s increase in pace ahead of Sunday’s race. The Mercedes star took advantage of a nightmare qualifying session for Max Verstappen to leapfrog Carlos Sainz on his final run and deny Ferrari a front-row lockout.

The 24-year-old’s celebrations with his team could be heard over the radio after beating Sainz to pole by a tenth of a second. And the Englishman was visibly delighted in his post-session interview after breaking his duck at the 73rd time of asking.

“I am over the moon, absolutely buzzing,” pole-sitter Russell told F1’s TV channel. “I mean, yesterday was arguably our worst Friday of the season and we worked so hard and we didn’t know what direction to go in.

“Then that last lap I got around Turn One, mega Turn One, then mega Turn Two and the lap time just kept coming and kept coming. 

“I came across the line and looked at the screen and saw we came P1 and it was an incredible feeling. 

Russell had never qualified higher than second after achieving that position at the rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix in 2021 and in Sakhir back in 2020, and his highest grid spot in a Mercedes car this season before Hungary was fourth.

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