The Hungarian GP post qualifying weights have been released by FIA. Fernando Alonso is very light with. Jenson Button on the other hand is quite heavy probably also because of his limited running in Q3. It looks pretty good for Red Bulls if they can keep Hamilton with his KERS behind …
2009 Hungarian GP – post qualifying weights
Ferrari team issued statement on the condition of Felipe Massa who crashed heavily after being struck by a piece of flying debris from another car during the qualifying for Hungarian GP:
“After the accident during the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Hungary, Felipe Massa was airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest. Felipe was conscious at the arrival at the hospital and his general conditions remain stable.
Following a complete medical examination it emerged that he had suffered a cut on his forehead, a bone damage of his skull and a brain concussion. These conditions need to be operated on after which he will remain under observation in intensive care.”
Not surprisingly he will not take part in the Hungarian GP tomorrow.
Let’s hope Felipe Massa will recover soon.
Update: Felipe Massa has undergone successful surgery at the AEK hospital in Budapest. He will now remain under observation in the intensive care unit.
Photo: Bridgestone Motorsports
Pole position for Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso claimed his first pole position of the season, Sebastian Vettel qualified 2nd and Mark Webber 3rd. There were bizzare scenes in the pitlane after qulaifying. The timing screens went off and nobody had any idea how the qualifying ended for quite a while …
1. F. Alonso – 1:21.569
2. S. Vettel – 1:21.607
3. M. Webber – 1:21.741
4. L. Hamilton – 1:21.839
5. N. Rosberg – 1:21.890
6. H. Kovalainen – 1:22.095
7. K. Raikkonen – 1:22.468
8. J. Button – 1:22.511
9. K. Nakajima – 1:22.835
10. F. Massa – no time
Lewis Hamilton finished the final practice session on top ahead of Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg. McLaren cars were fastest in all three practice sessions this weekend. P9 and P10 for Red Bulls and P13 and P17 for Brawns makes it quite tricky to predict the qualifying …
Saturday Free Practice times:
Jaime Alguersuari is making is F1 racing debut this weekend in Hungary. Here is Jaime’s first full interview since securing his race drive in Formula 1. The youngest ever Formula 1 driver speaks about the aims for his first race, beginning of his career, new team and expectations for the rest of this season.
The Hungarian GP weekend kicked off with Friday practice. Busiest driver in the morning session was (as expected) the rookie Jaime Alguersuari with 42 laps to his name. He did reasonably well on his first proper F1 outing, setting time only 2 tenths slower than his team mate Sebastien Buemi. The fastest lap of the sesson belongs to Heikki Kovalainen. Nico Rosberg was second fastest and Lewis Hamilton third.
Sebastien Vettel complained about tyres heating up too much, Brawn GP spent the session testing new aero parts and running with race fuel loads.
Friday practice 1 times:
Nelson Piquet continues with Renault
The immediate future of Nelson Piquet seems to be in F1 with Renault. The Brazilian driver will race in Hungary next weekend. This has become obvious from ING Renault F1 press release ahead of Hungarian Grand Prix. In it the team discussed the upcoming race with both their drivers Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet. Here is what Nelson Piquet has to say on Hungarian GP:
Le Seb's F1 career with Toro Rosso came to an end ...
So, it is official now. Sebastien Bourdais’ F1 career with Scuderia Toro Rosso is over. The team has decided to bring new driver for Hungarian GP. Franz Tost:
“In Sébastien’s second year with us, the partnership has not met our expectations and therefore we have decided to replace him as from the next round of the World Championship, the Hungarian Grand Prix.”
And so Sébastien Bourdais becomes the first driver since Scott Speed in 2007 to be dropped by the team during the season (if we do not count Alex Wurz who dropped himself and retired the same year with a race to go). He also joins the privileged company of Juan Pablo Montoya, Jacques Villeneuve and others – the drivers whos F1 seasons or careers ended in July …
Here come the Bridgestones ...
With the exception of Monaco Grand Prix Bridgestone this season has been following the concept of leaving a gap in rubber stiffness between the two allocated tyres for each race. That means that for example drivers have had to use super soft and medium or soft and hard rather than super soft and soft or medium and hard compounds at each GP (unless the race is declared wet).
For the four races from the Hungarian Grand Prix to the Italian Grand Prix Bridgestone will allocate consecutive compound pairings for each of these races.
Pedro de la Rosa - testing Force India or getting tested by them ?
Pedro de la Rosa’s test for Force India F1 last week sparked speculations about his possible move to Vijay Mallya’s team. Current Force India drivers do not seem to care too much but that is not stopping the media. As this is a hot topic in India, Kaushal asked me for a post on Pedro de la Rosa and his career. I tought why not, and why not to make it an opening post of a series on Formula 1 drivers who never really made it in F1.
2008 Hungarian GP was not as dull as it often is. Unfortunately most of the excitement came in form of refueling fire and technical problems of the front runners. The only real racing for positions I could see (except the race start) was between Barrichello and Button in the very early stages of the race. Other than that all went according to usual Hungarian GP recipe, places were lost and gained in pitlane or to misfortune.
Heikki Kovalainen finaly scored his maiden win. I would not say it was the best race of his career. But unlike Massa and Hamilton he managed to bring the car to the finish line in one piece. At the end, that is what counts. If you want to finish first, first you have to finish … He did just that.
It all went Massa’s way until 3 laps to go. After overtaking both McLarens at the start of the race Massa controlled the Hungarian GP. Hamilton’s tyre failure seemed to have sealed Massa’s win. The unusual Ferrari engine failure with 3 laps to however handed the race win to Heikki Kovalainen. Same as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the recent past, Kovalainen became yet another driver to score his maiden win at the Hungaroring. Timo Glock fended off late challenge from Kimi Raikkonen and held on to fully deserved 2nd place and his own maiden F1 podium. Kimi Raikkonen spent most of the race stuck behind Fernando Alonso but managed to get ahead of him after the last pit stop. He closed down on Timo Glock but after Massa’s engine went in fumes Kimi backed down and cruised to the finish line in 3rd.
The talking point of the race however will likely be several fiery refueling incidents. Barrichello, Nakajima and Bourdais all had their pit stops spiced up by flames and even one of Glock’s pit stops was delayed because problems with the refueling rig …
2008 Hungarian GP Race Result: