McLarens confirmed their strong form from free practice sessions and booked the front row all for themselves. Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian GP from pole position for the second time in a row, Heikki Kovalainen will line up next to him.
Felipe Massa blamed traffic on his outlap for the slower pace. But after rather week showing on Friday afternoon and this morning the Ferrari, at least Massa’s, seems to be on the pace. Robert Kubica was only about a tenth slower then Massa. Toyota’s package looks strong in Hungary, both their cars made it to top 10, Glock P5 and Trulli P9. Nelson Piquet was again outqualified by his team mate Alonso, but he made it to Q3 and I suspect he is rather heavily fueled. Mark Webber, te usual member of Q3 club, claimed P8.
Kimi Raikkonen is still looking for his lost pace, starting from P6 in Hungary is definitely not what he had hoped for.
Sebastian Vettel was impressive again. Despite not being able to set up the car to his liking he was the 2nd fastest driver from the Red Bull family today and start the race from P11. He was also 0.8 sec faster than his team mate. P12 goes suprisingly to Jenson Button in Honda after his excellent Q2 lap.
The shocker of the day title belongs to Nick Heidfeld – P16. He might have been slowed down by Bourdais on his Q1 fast lap, but he never really looked on pace for Q2. He sure gave Dr. Theissen reason to keep thinking …
So, Hamilton is well set for repeat of his Hungarian win on this tight track where overtaking can only only be dreamt about. But there is still Mr. Bernd Maylander waiting for his chance to give the safety car a run, so we better wait for the chequered flag before crowning the winner .
Hungarian GP – Qualifying Results:
1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:20.899
2. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:21.140
3. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:21.191
4. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:21.281
5. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:21.326
6. K. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:21.516
7. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:21.698
8. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:21.732
9. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:21.767
10. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:22.371
11. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:20.144
12. J. Button – Honda – 1:20.332
13. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:20.332
14. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:20.963
15. N. Rosberg – Williams – no time
16. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:21.045
17. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:21.085
18. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:21.332
19. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:21.670
20. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:22.113
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