Hungarian GP 2010: Vettel Takes Pole As Red Bull Dominate Session
Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position as the Red Bull car dominated once again, with team mate Mark Webber easily slotting into 2nd place. Their trick front wing, which appears to bend and flex through corners to aid with downforce is clearly working for the squad.
They are so dominant in fact that Fernando Alonso, clearly the third fastest driver was 1.2 seconds slower than Vettel overall. Alonso did edge team mate Felipe Massa out for third position and so the Brazilian, who is still angry about what happened in Germany, will have to start 4th.
Lewis Hamilton made 5th through a valiant effort in a dog of a McLaren this weekend, the grip and balance just isn’t there for the team. Jenson Button, Lewis’ team mate and the current world champion will start only 11th tomorrow after failing to get through to Q2.
He was only one of the big names to fall in that session, with Michael Schumacher taking only 14th place. The lowly qualifying really sums up the trouble the former master has been having this season. The car can be blamed, but Rosberg made it into 6th place. Perhaps it is time for Schumacher to hang his helmet up.
Further downfield, the usual 6 suspects were out in Q1 from all the new teams. The only interesting thing here was that Timo Glock was the fastest of the new team drivers for a Virgin team which is trying to re-establish a solid footing following some big criticism over the past few weeks.
Kamui Kobayashi was the fall guy, being blocked by Bruno Senna (who was 23rd) on his final quick lap. It is likely he will appeal for blocking, but things did go from bad to worse for the young Japanese. He was signalled in to the FIA garage for scrutineering but just drove straight past and back to Sauber. Its unlikely he will receive any more punishment than a slap on the wrists for this.
Right at the back were the two Hispania’s. We had the pleasure of some on-boards with the Spanish team and the car looked horrific. Indeed its time readings were horrific too. Senna was around 1.2 seconds slower than the closest car, which was Lucas di Grassi. Indeed overall, the two HRTs were nearly 8 seconds slower than the pole position time set by Sebastian Vettel. When will F1 draw a line with these cars that are chronically slow? They are only 1 second quicker than Sam Bird’s pole position time in a GP2 car for the feature race event in the F1 support series.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:20.417 1:19.573 1:18.773 2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.132 1:19.531 1:19.184 3. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.278 1:20.237 1:19.987 4. Massa Ferrari 1:21.299 1:20.857 1:20.331 5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.455 1:20.877 1:20.499 6. Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.212 1:20.811 1:21.082 7. Petrov Renault 1:21.558 1:20.797 1:21.229 8. Kubica Renault 1:21.159 1:20.867 1:21.328 9. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.891 1:21.273 1:21.411 10. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:21.598 1:21.275 1:21.710 11. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.422 1:21.292 12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:21.478 1:21.331 13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:22.080 1:21.517 14. Schumacher Mercedes 1:21.840 1:21.630 15. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.982 1:21.897 16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:21.789 1:21.927 17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:21.978 1:21.998 18. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.222 19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:24.050 20. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.120 21. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:24.199 22. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:25.118 23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:26.391 24. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:26.453
This entry was posted on July 31, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with Fernando Alonso, Hungarian GP Qualifying, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungary F1 qualifying, Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel.