Sebastian Vettel has secured his seventh pole position of the season with a blistering display to take the coveted ‘P1’ grid slot for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It was another Red Bull lock-out of the front row, with team-mate Mark Webber shadowing his team-mate and will start from second place.
Vettel vaulted to the top of the timesheets midway through the final stage of qualifying with a 1:18.773 lap time, and was the sole driver to break into the 1:18 range. The German was never headed en route to securing his fourth pole position in a row, with Webber some 0.419s behind.
A lurid slide wide at Turn 15 on his final hot lap was enough to ensure that Webber would be unable to break Vettel’s monopoly on pole position – Vettel has picked up seven this season to-date.
Ferrari locked out second row on the grid with Fernando Alonso finishing ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa – proving that their German GP pace was no flash in the pan – with the Spaniard’s 1:19.987 lap time making him the on non-Red Bull driver to break below the 1:20 barrier all weekend so far.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg made it a Mercedes-Benz powered third row, and both comfortably eclipsed their team-mates Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher, who respectively were knocked out of the reckoning in the second phase of qualifying.
Row four is an all-Renault affair, with Vitaly Petrov showing his best form to-date with a superb run to seventh on the grid – a career best result to-date – and managing to outqualify is team-mate Robert Kubica for the first time all season.
Equally impressive runs by Sauber’s Pedro la Rosa and Williams’ Nico Hülkenberg saw this duo complete the top-ten running.
Button and Schumacher were the high-profile casualties in qualifying, with neither driver seemingly able to dial in the grip required to post competitive lap times. Another rather fancied runner to be eliminated in Q2 was Rubens Barrichello, who had looked particularly quick in the lead-in sessions before qualifying.
Kamui Kobayashi will be disappointed to be the eliminated ‘established team’ driver in Q1, with the Japanese driver losing his last opportunity to post a decent lap time when he was horribly held up by one of the HRT drivers. Perhaps suffering from a little of the red mist syndrome, he appeared to ignore an instruction to visit the scrutineers’ weigh bridge en route to the pits.
Virgin’s Timo Glock finished up quickest of the new teams for just the third time this season, while HRT stand-in Sakon Yamamoto put in his most competitive qualifying showing to-date. Despite lining up last yet again, his best time in Q1 was just five-hundredths of a second slower than team-mate Bruno Senna.
2010 Hungarian GP Qualifying Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing||1:20.417||1:19.573||1:18.773|
|2.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||1:21.132||1:19.531||1:19.184|
|6.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes GP||1:21.212||1:20.811||1:21.082|
|9.||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber||1:21.891||1:21.273||1:21.411|
|13.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||1:22.080||1:21.517|
|14.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes GP||1:21.840||1:21.630|
|15.||Sébastien Buemi||Toro Rosso||1:21.982||1:21.897|
|16.||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India||1:21.789||1:21.927|
|17.||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso||1:21.978||1:21.998|
|19.||Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||1:24.050|
|22.||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin Racing||1:25.118|
[Original image via GP Update]