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Nice topic thrown into the air by the nice Sidepodcast people for the first off-season Thursday – Which are your worst three circuits, and what would you do to fix them?
It is not easy to pick only three worst circuits as there are quite a few not so good ones that come to mind – Bahrain, Shanghai, Barcelona, Valencia, Monaco, Hungary, Singapore, Abu Dhabi. Plus add Turkey that has a good track but no one in Turkey cares …
Anyway, here are my top three worst tracks:
Here are the results of round 12 of the prediction game. This was another rather high scoring round with scores 20 points and more. The highest score of round 12 belongs to GTR – 24 points !
2010 Hungarian GP podium
Mark Webber took full advantage of safety car combined with Vettel’s drive through penalty and won the 2010 Hungarian GP. Webber now also leads the drivers championship. Fernando Alonso finished second ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa spent most of race on his own between the top three and the pack behind him and ended the race in fourth. Vitaly Petrov (P5) and Nico Hulkneberg (P6) scored their best F1 finishes to date. De la Rosa scored his first points after his return to F1 for 7th place. The final points scoring positions belong, Button, Kobayashi and Barrichello.
Michael Schumacher finished 11th but will be investigated after the race for almost pushing Barrichello to the wall while defending his 10th place. All six new teams cars finished the race for the first time.
Update: Michael Schumacher was given 10 places grid penalty for the next race (Belgian GP).
There were few incidents during the pit stops under safety car. Robert Kubica was released into the path of Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg lost a rear wheel that went traveling and jumping through the pitlane (without causing any serious injuries thankfully).
2010 Hungarian GP Result
1. Webber – Red Bull – 1h41:05.571
2. Alonso – Ferrari +17.821
3. Vettel – Red Bull +19.252
4. Massa – Ferrari +27.474
5. Petrov – Renault +1:13.100
6. Hulkenberg – Williams +1:16.700
7. de la Rosa – Sauber +1 lap
8. Button – McLaren +1 lap
9. Kobayashi – Sauber +1 lap
10. Barrichello – Williams +1 lap
Another pole for Vettel
Sebastian Vettel scored yet another pole position while Red Bull simply trashed the opposition today. Second row is all Ferrari – Fernando Alonso on P3 and Felipe Massa on P4. Lewis Hamilton (P5) and Nico Rosberg (P6) share the third row. Vitaly Petrov (P7) meanwhile outqualified Robert Kubica (P8) for the first time. Final two places in top 5 belong to de la Rosa and Hulkenberg.
2010 Hungarian GP – Qualifying
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:18.773
2. Webber – Red Bull – 1:19.184
3. Alonso – Ferrari – 1:19.987
4. Massa – Ferrari – 1:20.331
5. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:20.499
6. Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:21.082
7. Petrov – Renault – 1:21.229
8. Kubica – Renault – 1:21.328
9. de la Rosa – Sauber – 1:21.411
10. Hulkenberg – Williams – 1:21.710
Webber fastest in final practice
Mark Webber was fastest in the final practice session at Hungaroring. Sebastian Vettel finished half a second behind, thrid Fernando Alonso was over a second slower than Vettel. Kubica, Massa, Hamilton, Petrov, Rosberg, Button and Hulkenberg completed top ten.
Photo: Bridgestone Motorsport
Sebastian Vettel dominated on Friday
Hungarian GP weekend has begun with the Friday practice. There were no dramas in the morning session. Red Bulls were the quickest cars on track, over a second ahead of Kubica in 3rd place.
2010 Hungarian GP – Friday Practice 1 Times:
1. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:20.976
2. Webber – Red Bull – 1:21.106 +0.130
3. Kubica – Renault – 1:22.072 +1.096
4. Button – McLaren – 1:22.444 +1.468
5. Barrichello – Williams – 1:22.601 +1.625
6. de la Rosa – Sauber – 1:22.764 +1.788
7. Alonso – Ferrari – 1:22.772 +1.796
8. Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:22.777 +1.801
9. Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:22.792 +1.816
10. Hulkenberg – Williams – 1:22.966 +1.990
We have the second one of the back-to-back races to watch before F1 goes on summer holiday – 2010 Hungarian GP. It is time for round 12 of our prediction game.
Fernando Alonso will race in Spain this weekend
FIA Court of Appeal overturned Renault’s one-race suspension today. Instead the team was fined $50,000. This means that Fernando Alonso will be able to race in front of Spanish fans this weekend in Valencia.
Renault hasn’t officially confirmed yet who will be their second driver at the European GP. Romain Grosjean is expected to fill the vacancy created by Nelson Piquet’s exit.
Here is the FIA statement:
We all probably expected this to be a quiet week. It all turned out a bit differently.
BMW decided to pull the plug on F1. They surprised not only the public but also their drivers who had no idea such an option was even on cards (at least that is what Heidefeld, Kubica and Klien said). The focus of BMW debates is now shifting from “Why they decided to quit ?” to “What is next ?”
Earleir yesterday there were some reports suggesting that Felipe Massa might have sustained serious (and perhaps career threatening) eye injury. However later on yesterday there were more optimistic news coming from Colonel Dr. Lajos Zsiros, the chief surgeon of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
According to the doctor Massa has woken up and the doctors had no immediate plans to sedate him again.
Renault team suspended from European GP
Kimi Raikkonen escaped without penalty following the investigation of an incident at the start of the race. While I do not wish any driver loosing his podium finish I would welcome some explanation from stewards while this incident was investigated after the race while two weeks ago similar incident involving Mark Webber was investigated right away (and resulted in drive through penalty).
Red Bull was reprimanded for the unsafe release of Mark Webber during a pitstop when he almost collided with Kimi Raikkonen.
Renault team was not that lucky. The team has been suspended from the European GP for Fernando Alonso wheel loss incident. Here is the stewards decision:
First win of the season for Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton won his first race of the season ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Mark Webber. Jenson Button only managed 7th place, Sebastian Vettel retired. (Kimi Raikkonen will be investigated after the race for the incident after race start.) The rookie Jaime Alguersuari came home in 15th, 1 place ahead of his team mate Sebastien Buemi.
Mark Webber climbed ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the driver’s championship and cut Button’s lead to 18.5 points.
2009 Hungarian GP – Race result
1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:38:23.876
2. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 11.529
3. M. Webber – Red Bull + 16.886
4. N. Rosberg – Williams + 26.967
5. H. Kovalainen – McLaren + 34.392
6. T. Glock – Toyota + 35.237
7. J. Button – Brawn GP + 55.088
8. J. Trulli – Toyota + 1:08.172