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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

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