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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton adamant he could have joined Russell in fight for pole

Lewis Hamilton had to settle for seventh on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix while teammate George Russell stormed to pole position.

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Lewis Hamilton was left to rue what might have been after a DRS issue cost him a shot at joining George Russell at the sharp end of the Hungarian Grand Prix grid.

Russell stormed to a shock maiden F1 pole position at the Hungaroring as he and Mercedes bounced back from a challenging pair of Friday practice sessions.

However, hopes of Hamilton adding to the upset were dashed when the seven-time World Champion's DRS failed to open on his final Q3 run.

As a result, Hamilton will start Sunday's race back in seventh position, behind Russell, the two Ferraris, two Alpines and Lando Norris' McLaren.

DRS issue costs Hamilton in Q3

Speaking after qualifying, Hamilton admitted to a golden opportunity being lost, but also heaped praise on teammate Russell.

"I tried to open the DRS and it wouldn't open, which was a bit unfortunate," Hamilton explained to Sky Sports F1.

Asked how his session was going up to that point, Hamilton said: "I was feeling great. Pole was... the front row was definitely there, so it would have been awesome to get a front row [lockout] for the team, but these things happen.

"Congratulations to George. He did an amazing job. It's a great result for the team. Given all that we've gone through, it's huge.

"I'm really happy for everyone. We definitely didn't expect it."

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