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Webber Takes Victory in Hungary

August 1, 2010

Mark Webber won today’s Hungarian Grand Prix, while Sebastian Vettel found himself with a drive through penalty, and pitlane chaos saw the end of the race for three drivers.

Webber got a good start, but it was Fernando Alonso who made a charge from third on the grid to split the Red Bulls, with Vettel taking an early lead. Vitaly Petrov was making moves from seventh on the grid to pass Lewis Hamilton for fifth in the second corner, but the McLaren driver dived around the outside of the Russian a lap later to reclaim his position.

Vettel began to take a second per lap out of Alonso in second, who in turn appeared to be holding up Webber, Felipe Massa and Hamilton in third down to fifth, respectively.

Jenson Button, who had started 11th, dropped back in the first corner, despite getting a good start, and soon found himself down in 15th. On lap 15, the reigning champion pitted for fresh tyres, a lap before the safety car was deployed for debris on the track.

Vettel got a late call to come into the pits, and was followed several seconds later by Alonso, Massa and Hamilton. While the two Ferraris got away with having to queue for a fresh set of tyres, the mechanics weren’t ready with Massa’s tyres, and the Brazilian found himself behind Hamilton. Webber remained on the track, behind the safety car, and for a while, there was a concern it would hinder his race.

Meanwhile, the mid-field found themselves in a scrap in the pitlane, with Nico Rosberg losing his right-rear wheel while exiting his pitbox, the wheel bouncing through the BMW Sauber pitbox. Renault tried to release Robert Kubica at the same time as Adrian Sutil was diving into his pitbox, one ahead of the Renault team. The two drivers collided, ending Sutil’s race, and resulted in a ten second stop-go penalty for Kubica. The Renault driver eventually retired.

While Vettel found himself over ten car lengths behind Webber at the restart, resulting in an eventual drive through penalty for the German, Webber found himself getting away from Vettel very early on. Hamilton retired from the race on lap 24, suffering from mechanical problems.

After Vettel took his penalty, and Webber eventually came in for his pitstop, the Australian had a gap of over 20 seconds to Alonso, and rejoined the track in the lead ahead of Alonso, and Vettel, who had managed to stay ahead of Massa after his penalty and was fighting with Alonso for second. The difficult nature of the track meant Vettel was unable to pass Alonso, but further down the field, Rubens Barrichello managed to pass Michael Schumacher, in the closing laps of the race. The Mercedes driver was then put under investigation by the stewards for pushing the Williams driver into the pitwall as he made his pass, but the Brazilian was able to make the move stick.

Webber crossed the line nearly 18 seconds ahead of Alonso, with Vettel close behind in third. Massa followed in fourth, with Petrov in fifth, his best finish of the season. Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth, ahead of Pedro de la Rosa in seventh, scoring his first points of the season. Button crossed the line in eighth, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi in ninth, and Barrichello in tenth, the last of the points-scorers.

Webber’s win elevates him in the fight for the title, putting him in the lead on 161, four points ahead of Hamilton, still on 157 after his second retirement of the season. Vettel sits third on 151, with Button fourth on 147, and Alonso fifth on 141. 20 points separate the top five, with Massa sixth on 97 points. In the constructors’ standings, Red Bull take the lead on 312 points, eight ahead of McLaren on 304, with Ferrari further behind on 238.

Formula One now takes its summer break, with a two-week factory shut down for each team over the next four weeks, with the sport returning at the end of August, with qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix on Saturday 28th, and the race live on BBC1 on Sunday 29th August.


Vettel Dominates in Hungary for Another Red Bull Pole

July 31, 2010

Sebastian Vettel took his seventh pole of the season this afternoon, in qualifying for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, while McLaren struggled from a lack of downforce, the current champion dropping out in Q2.

Vettel set a time of 1:18.773 to qualify ahead of his teammate Mark Webber, who had been a contender until his final lap. The Ferraris find themselves on the second row of the grid, Fernando Alonso in third, ahead of his teammate, Felipe Massa, who returns to the track for the first time since his horrific accident in Q2 last year. Lewis Hamilton is a tenth behind the Brazilian, with Nico Rosberg in sixth, out-qualifying his teammate, Michael Schumacher, who will start down in 14th.

Vitaly Petrov, Robert Kubica, Pedro de la Rosa and Nico Hulkenberg round out the top 10, while Jenson Button will start in 11th after a poor Q2, while struggling for grip.

On a track which is renowned for being difficult to pass on, the start will be vital, and the key to a successful race. Who will win the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix? Tune in to BBC1 at 1pm tomorrow.


Hamilton Back on Top in Hungary

July 26, 2009

Lewis Hamilton made a spectacular come-back in Hungary this afternoon, after claiming his first win of the 2009 season.

The reigning world champion made a charging start from fourth on the grid, almost making it round the first corner in second. While former teammate Fernando Alonso took an early lead, Hamilton went about chasing down second-placed Mark Webber, who had started third, successfully passing him on lap 4.

Alonso, the lightest driver on the grid, pitted earlier than expected on lap 11, gifting the lead to Lewis. After suffering from a loose wheel in the following lap, which he lost out on the track, Alonso soon retired, and from there Lewis stayed in P1 for the remainder of the race, leading Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen in second and third respectively, into the first round of pitstops.

From there on he was in control, maintaining his lead after the first round of pitstops, and through the second. In the final stint he built up a 17sec lead over Kimi Raikkonen, and after crossing the line for the final time, he thanked his team over the radio, for giving him a car that “is so nice to drive”. It just goes to show how far McLaren have come to turn things around from just a few races ago.

After the race he said the team had not expected to win, but the car felt fantastic. He said: “It is an incredible feeling to be back here after what feels such a long time” adding: “It is incredibily special to get back up here. It’s amazing.”

A mistake by the Red Bull mechanics in Webber’s first stop, gifted second place to Raikkonen, with the former being released into the latter’s path by his pit crew, narrowly avoiding a collision, after time was lost removing the fuel rig. Raikkonen maintained second for the remainder of the race, finishing ahead of Webber in third. However, the Finn is under investigation following incidents with Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in the first few corners of the race, where he nudged both drivers, something Vettel claims caused his front suspension failure, and ultimately his retirement. If penalised, Raikkonen could lose his second place with a 25 second penalty.

Championship leader Jenson Button could only hope for damage limitation after qualifying down in eighth. A win from Lewis proved to be in favour of the Brawn team, minimising the points available to Webber and Vettel. With both Hamilton and Raikkonen’s charge off the start, and Vettel retiring, Button lost only 2.5 points.

New on the grid in Hungary was Jaime Alguersuari, the youngest ever starter of an F1 race, who managed to finished ahead of more experienced teammate Sebastien Buemi in 15th. Alguersuari had started at the back of the grid, following problems in qualifying.

Lewis Hamilton’s win has put McLaren back in the game, with it being the first under new team principal Martin Whitmarsh, and the first from a KERS equipped car. After failing to score any points in the last few races, it puts Hamilton up to eighth in the drivers standings, with 19 points, having been out of the top ten for a series of races. Jenson Button retains the lead of the championship on 70 points, with Webber in second on 51.5.


Formula One now takes its summer break, and will return to Valencia in four weeks time, with qualifying on Saturday 22nd August, and the race live on BBC One on the 23rd. For now, the attention turns back to Felipe Massa, who everyone will be hoping makes a full recovery following his crash in qualifying yesterday. He is expected to remain in a medically induced coma for the next couple of days to aid his recovery.


Alonso Snatches Pole in Hungary

July 25, 2009

Fernando Alonso will start tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix from pole, after an eventful qualifying session at the Hungaroring this afternoon, that saw Felipe Massa crash into the tyre wall of turn four.

Out of the ten drivers who made it through to the top ten shoot-out, only nine took part, after Massa’s crash at the end of quali two. It is believed that a piece of Rubens Barrichello’s rear suspension hit the Ferrari driver’s helmet, causing the crash. Quali three was delayed while marshalls got Massa out of the wall, and he was airlifted to hospital, as is standard practice in Formula One, having been treated by medics at the circuit. The Brazilian is said to be in a stable condition, but it is uncertain whether he will race tomorrow.

There was more drama to come at the end of quali three, as just before the chequered flag, the live timings were lost, leaving fans and even the drivers and their teams wondering who had finished where.

After asking the other drivers if they knew where he had come, it was Alonso who took pole, having looked strong in both quali two and three. Sebastian Vettel took second, less than a tenth of a second off the pace of the Renault, followed by teammate Mark Webber in third. Lewis Hamilton will start the race in fourth. The McLaren team have been rejuvenated following upgrades to the MP4-24, and they topped the time sheets in all three practice sessions ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying.

Current championship leader Jenson Button starts in eighth, following his only hot lap in Q3. Rubens Barrichello in the sister Brawn will start thirteenth.

Nico Rosberg, who was on form throughout qualifying, topping the time sheets in quali one, will start fifth, with Heikki Kovalainen in sixth, Kimi Raikkonen in seventh and Kazuki Nakajima in nineth.