F1 Hungary Quali Results & Full Report: Vettel Takes Charge, Wins Pole by More Than Four Tenths


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9:12am EST — It was all Red Bull, all the time as Sebastian Vettel won pole for the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix.  He beat teammate Mark Webber to the position by four tenths of a second, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa the second row, and well back from the Red Bull pace.  Lewis Hamilton qualified fifth, though his McLaren teammate Jenson Button did not advance beyond Q2 and will start eleventh.  It was another instance of Mercedes power not doing so well in Hungary, as Nico Rosberg will start sixth but teammate Michael Schumacher only qualified fourteenth.  Vitaly Petrov just pipped Renault teammate Robert Kubica for seventh, leaving the Pole to start eighth.  Pedro de la Rosa had a lovely qualifying session for Sauber, to start ninth, with Nico Hulkenberg rounding out the top ten starters for Sunday’s race.

Webber continued Red Bull’s authority over the rest of the filed in the final practice Saturday morning with a 1:19.574, nearly a half second faster than teammate Vettel.  Alonso and Massa were separated by fourth fastest Kubica, who has been expecting and experiencing a bit of Renault resurgence this weekend.  McLaren drivers Hamilton and Button were just outside the top five in sixth and ninth fastest, respectively, while Mercedes continued its not excellent pace with Rosberg and Schumacher eighth and twelfth.  Force India remained down in the standings after removing their blown diffuser, leaving just McLaren running one in Hungary.  Petrov was seventh fastest, with Hulkenberg rounding out the top ten.

Q1:
Five minutes into the session and the first times were only just being posted, with Petrov, the first out, the first to the top.  He was not beat by Webber, nor the other thirteen runners until his teammate Kubica dispaced him as the fastest man on the track with a 1:22.309, only to lose his own position to Vettel.  Soon enough, Alonso was second fastest with Webber, Petrov, and Massa rounding out the top five.  McLaren seemed to have solved some of their problems, with Hamilton slotting into second fastest with the session almost half over.  In the knockout zone were Alguersuari, Trulli, Kovalainen, Glock, di Grassi, Senna, and Yamamoto.

Webber moved up to fastest with the top time continually dropping, at 1:21.132 at nine minutes to go.  Barrichello had managed quite the flyer in his Williams, to be third fastest at that point.  He split the Red Bulls from the rest of the field, but then Massa and Alonso were the best of the rest.  Vettel had nearly seven tenths over Webber, who only had a tenth over Massa, who had a similar margin over fourth fastest Alonso.  Barrichello was just another tenth behind the Spaniard in fifth.  Nothing had changed in the knockout zone as most drivers headed into the garage for last minute changes with just under six minutes to go.

Alguersuari had made great strides to move up to eighth, dropping Sutil into the knockout zone, a disaster for a driver regularly challenging for entrance into Q3.  With three minutes left, it was Kubica separating the Red Bulls from everyone else as Vettel led Webber, Kubica, then Alonso, and Massa as the top five.  Sutil moved up to twelfth as Button languished in fourteenth.  Hamilton was seventh fastest.  Two minutes to go and Schumacher was on the bubble, in seventeenth and danger of being knocked out.  He dropped down as Buemi took twelfth, with Button in seventeenth.  The Mercedes were in universally poor condition, with Rosberg only sixteenth, until the both of them got a good lap, moving up to twelfth and fourth, respectively.  It was then Kobayashi to be eliminated as Button moved up to seventh in the final seconds.  The final times had Vettel, Webber, Kubica, Rosberg, Alonso, Massa, Button, Hamilton, Barrichello, and Petrov as the fastest ten.  Vettel was the only driver in the 1:20s range, with a 1:20.437 and nearly seven tenths faster than teammate Webber.  However, post-session replays showed damage to Vettel’s brake shroud.  In other replays, Kobayashi drove right past the FIA scrutineers waving and the red light telling him to stop for post-session scrutineering, something he later said he simply did not see.

Knocked Out in Q1:
18. Kobayashi 1:22.222
19. Glock 1:24.050
20. Kovalainen 1:24.120
21. Trulli 1:24.199
22. di Grassi 1:25.118
23. Senna 1:26.391
24. Yamamoto 1:26.453

Q2:
Massa was the first out onto the circuit, with more rubber on the track after overnight rain washed away some of Friday’s applied grip.  Massa had the early fast lap, but Alonso soon took the position, with Petrov separating the Ferraris as Webber went straight to the top with a 1:20.235, only to be bettered by Vettel dropping into the 1:19s.  The top five of Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Kubica, and Petrov were bettering their own times with just under nine minutes left in the session.  With eight minutes to go, de la Rosa, Sutil, Liuzzi, Alguersuari, Buemi, Schumacher, and Rosberg in the knockout zone.

Vettel was still six tenths faster than Webber at the halfway point.  Rosberg had moved up to eighth, but Schumacher was still languishing in fourteenth.  Four minutes left and the cars were heading back out after some changes in the garage, wtih Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Kubica, and Petrov the top five.  Hulkenberg, de la Rosa, Sutil, Schumacher, Buemi, Liuzzi, and Alguersuari those drivers in danger of elimination with three minutes to go.  All drivers but Schumacher were back out, but the multiple champion headed out with about two minutes left.  Webber took fastest from Vettel, but little else changed in the final moments.  The two Toro Rossos aborted their final, post-flag laps with the possibility that Schumacher held up or blocked Alguersuari, as Hamilton moved up to seventh fastest.  Rosberg leapt out of the knockout zone to fifth, but Button and Schumacher were unable to do so as well.  At the end of the session the fastest ten were Webber (1:19.531), Vettel, Alonso, Petrov, Rosberg, Massa, Kubica, Hamilton, de la Rosa, and Hulkenberg.

Knocked Out in Q2:
11. Button 1:21.292
12. Barrichello 1:21.331
13. Sutil 1:21.517
14. Schumacher 1:21.630
15. Buemi 1:21.897
16. Liuzzi 1:21.927
17. Alguersuari 1:21.998

Q3:
The Ferraris were again the first out in the final part of qualifying, with Alonso out first, then Massa.  Both Red Bulls, Kubica, and de la Rosa remained in the garage with eight minutes left.  Webber then joined the fray.  Alonso was fastest first, with a 1:19.987, with Massa, Hamilton, Rosberg, and Hulkenberg the top five and only drivers with posted lap times.  Hamilton was third fastest with his first timed lap, as Webber went straight to the top with a 1:19.184, Vettel bettered him by four tenths, with Alonso 1.2 seconds slower than Vettel, with all on the softer tire.  Petrov, Kubica, and de la Rosa had yet to set a time with three and a half minutes left.  They headed out as the others went into the garage for adjustments, with only Hulkenberg still on the track with them.

All were out but Vettel with two minutes left, though his time looked nearly unassailable.  He joined with just enough time for one timed lap.  It was Red Bulls then Ferraris, with Hamilton fifth as the final seconds ticked down.  de la Rosa went to seventh on his first lap, an excellent qualifying session for one half of the Sauber garage.  Both Renaults were down near the bottom of the top ten, but only on their second lap just as the checkers dropped.  Kubica was seventh, but was bested by teammate Petrov.  In the end, it was Vettel on pole, with Webber starting next to him, as was expected by the Red Bull performance all weekend.

Provisional Starting Grid for the 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix:
1. Vettel 1:19.773
2. Webber 1:19.184
3. Alonso 1:19.987
4. Massa 1:20.331
5. Hamilton 1:20.499
6. Rosberg 1:21.082
7. Petrov 1:21.229
8. Kubica 1:21.328
9. de la Rosa 1:21.411
10. Hulkenberg 1:21.710

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