Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Following the opening two races of the 2020 season at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the Formula 1 fraternity will travel across the border for the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 17-19. Here's how you can watch the Hungarian GP qualifying in your country.

Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Mercedes heads to Hungary on the back of a double victory in Austria, with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton scoring one win apiece in the Red Bull Ring double header.

However, the German manufacturer is wary of Red Bull this time, given the RB16's strength in slow-speed corners.

Sergio Perez's charge through the field in the Styrian Grand Prix suggests Racing Point could potentially be the third best team on the grid. If Perez and teammate Lance Stroll qualify well in the Hungarian GP, they could potentially challenge McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz for a top five result.

Ferrari's new upgrade package will be unveiled in full this weekend, and the Scuderia will have high hopes from it after a double DNF in Styria.

What time does qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix start?

The Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying will kick off on Saturday at 3pm local time in Budapest and conclude at 4pm local time. 

  • Date: Saturday 18th July 2020 
  • Start time: 3pm CEST / 2pm BST / 9am ET / 6am PT / 11pm AEST / 6:30pm IST / 10pm JST /

Can’t find your country or region in the list? Check the schedule page for the broadcast times in your local timezone.

How can I watch qualifying?

Formula 1 is broadcast live in nearly every country around the world. 

Europe: Viewers in the UK and Italy can tune into Sky TV for live broadcast of qualifying. RTL will show the session in Germany, Movistar will telecast it in Spain and Canal+ will carry the coverage in France.

North America: Qualifying will be broadcast in the US on ESPN, in Mexico on Tudn and in Canada on TSN/RDS.

Asia: Most of Asia is covered by Fox Sports, including India where F1 is broadcast by sister channel Star Sports Select 2. Fuji TV Next will carry live qualifying coverage in Japan. 

Oceanica: Fox Sports 506 will bring live coverage of qualifying to viewers in Australia. Spark Sport will show qualifying in New Zealand.

Can I stream qualifying?

Viewers from selected countries can subscribe to F1 TV to stream qualifying on a device of their choice. F1 fans in Spain can watch qualifying online on Movistar F1, while Sky TV has a similar streaming service in the UK.  

Live commentary

Motorsport.com will be presenting its live coverage of qualifying straight from the Hungaroring. Make sure to check our website for live updates throughout the session.

Weather forecast for qualifying

Expect a sunny day at Budapest on Saturday, although conditions are going to be cooler than previous years. According to the latest forecast, the maximum temperature would be 23C and minimum temperature 15C. 

Hungarian Grand Prix - First Practice (FP1) Results:

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1'16.003
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'16.089 0.086
3 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1'16.530 0.527
4 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1'16.967 0.964
5 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 1'17.200 1.197
6 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 1'17.238 1.235
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'17.404 1.401
8 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'17.435 1.432
9 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'17.523 1.520
10 France Esteban Ocon
Renault 1'17.615 1.612
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1'17.675 1.672
12 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas 1'17.713 1.710
13 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull 1'17.727 1.724
14 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 1'17.890 1.887
15 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams 1'17.969 1.966
16 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri 1'18.292 2.289
17 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1'18.425 2.422
18 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 1'18.574 2.571
19 Poland Robert Kubica
Alfa Romeo 1'19.150 3.147

Hungarian Grand Prix - Second practice (FP2) results 

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 1'40.464
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'40.736 0.272
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1'41.784 1.320
4 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1'42.380 1.916
5 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1'42.470 2.006
6 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri 1'42.588 2.124
7 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'42.820 2.356
8 France Romain Grosjean
Haas 1'43.335 2.871
9 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1'43.471 3.007
10 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'43.725 3.261
11 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1'44.411 3.947
12 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'46.000 5.536
13 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri 1'47.422 6.958
14 France Esteban Ocon
Renault
15 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
16 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams
18 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams
19 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas

 

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