Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying

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Vettel Alonso
Fernando Alonso has taken a surprise pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. Admitting to an aggressive race strategy, light fuel load on the grid and possible three-stopper, Alonso has placed the hobbled Renault at the sharp end of the grid.

Red Bull have secured second and third place on the grid with Vettel and Webber respectively. Is this a message to the world that Red Bull have indeed surpassed Brawn GP in the performance category? Not so fast. The weather was cooler than anticipated during qualifying, following an early morning rain, and the Brawn’s are very heavy on fuel.

While Williams F1 driver Nico Rosberg has performed well, the news of qualifying may just be the McLaren’s of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in fourth and sixth respectively. Has McLaren bridged a performance gap with their new front wing and aero package from Germany? The bigger question, and most concerning issue for the Red Bulls, is the KERS launch advantage that both Hamilton and Kovalainen will have off the start line. If Hamilton accomplishes a start like the one he made in Germany; this very well could be an interesting race.

The session was finished in chaotic fashion when the official timing and Scoring system went offline and left fans wondering just who was in pole position. The, dare I say, almost human side of the sport was comical as drivers circled around parc ferme sharing their lap time with each other in an effort to ascertain just which one of them was indeed on pole. Bernie Ecclestone came to quell the chaos in the FIA weighbridge area and explain who was on pole.

The levity was overshadowed by the serious accident of Felipe Massa who was airlifted to hospital with a fractured skull and laceration on his forehead. The injuries were sustained after an errant spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car struck Massa in the head in what was eerily similar to last weeks tragic loss of Henry Surtees in an F2 race. Mass was sedated and has undergone surgery to repair the damage but no further details are available at the time of posting this. Let our concern and focus be on Felipe at this difficult moment.

Pos Driver Team
1. Alonso Renault
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
5. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
7. Raikkonen Ferrari
8. Button Brawn-Mercedes
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota
10. Massa Ferrari
11. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12. Trulli Toyota
13. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes
14. Glock Toyota
15. Piquet Renault
16. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber
17. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
18. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
19. Kubica BMW-Sauber
20. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari

GridQualifyingNameWeightFuel (kg)
11Fernando Alonso637.532.522Sebastian Vettel6555033Mark Webber6524744Lewis Hamilton650.545.555Nico Rosberg6544966Heikki Kovalainen655.550.577Kimi Raikkonen651.546.588Jenson Button664.559.599Kazuki Nakajima658531011Sebastien Buemi671.566.51112Jarno Trulli671.366.31213Rubens Barrichello689841314Timo Glock679.274.21415Nelson Piquet Jnr667.762.71516Nick Heidfeld658531617Giancarlo Fisichella680.575.51718Adrian Sutil683.578.51819Robert Kubica666611920Jaime Alguersuari675.570.5
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