Tough wet weather conditions mixed with a drying track gave drivers and teams a challenge on Saturday afternoon’s qualifying in Hungary. There were plenty of winners and losers, as there were red flags which gave teams everything to play for.
Marcus Ericsson was the main casualty of the qualifying session as he made a costly mistake and ended up in the barriers. This came at the same week in which Sauber secured their future that has links to Ericsson’s backers. Tomorrow’s race will be everything to play for as the team hope to score points for the rest of the season.
Felipe Massa had one of his worst qualifying sessions of the season as he aquaplaned and crashed into the barriers on the intermediate tyres, which he felt at the time was right. He will be starting somewhere at the back of the field and will be a tough fight from where he will start.
Jolyon Palmer lost out as he didn’t get a chance to improve as Rio Haryanto’s crash brought out the red flag which ended the session. It has been a frustrating season for the young rookie Brit who is still yet to score points.
Kimi Raikkonen missed out by getting into Q3 as he was knocked out as the track improved each second and was send tumbling down the time sheets. This was hugely surprising but it will be interesting to see how Ferrari progress tomorrow.
The real winner of qualifying was Nico Rosberg who secured his 26th pole position at a track where he has never been on the podium.
Daniel Ricciardo secured a P3 start ahead of his highly rated teammate Max Verstappen and although he had a few moments, he drove the Red Bull into a strong starting place for tomorrow’s race.
Both McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso will start nicely in the top 10 after a strong qualifying session, after what has been a tough weekend so far.
Carlos Sainz drove very strongly to start P6 on Sunday as his teammate Daniil Kvyat starts near the back of the pack. The tricky conditions proved Sainz’ skill at a track where he enjoys to race.
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