August 11, 1991 – Hungarian Grand Prix
This day in 1991 the Hungarian Grand Prix was held. Those were the old days… Thirty four drivers took part, 26 of them qualified for the race. The race was won by Ayrton Senna, ahead of Nigel Mansell, Ricardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi. Everybody else finished at least a lap down.
In this review I will focus on the race itself. What I think of McLaren and Ferrari camps is here and in another post as well.
For race results click here:
Hamilton did not do much wrong during the race. Heidfeld starting from the dirty side of the track was never a threat to him and Kimi on P3 was a bit too far behind to challenge him at the start. At times Kimi was getting quite close but without a mistake the overtaking was out of the question. Pit stops posed the only danger. But when both Kimi and Hamilton came in at the same time for the first stop and left without change in the track position Hamilton could have begin to believe the race is in the bag.
Here we go, round 11, Hungarian GP is here. Make your predictions anytime before the start of the race at the Comments area under this post.
For summary of the rules and information about special competition for the second half of the season click HERE.
It maybe too late for any new entrant to have a chance for overall win, but the “Most Wins 2nd Half Season” Game, now officially nickname “2nd MUMM GAME” is very much wide open and anybody who joins in even now still has a chance to win the a bottle of MUMM and feel like this:
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Hamilton won after leading from start to finish, but only just ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. Podium for Nick Heidfeld.
1)L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:35:52.991
2)K. Räikkönen – Ferrari + 0.715
3)N. Heidfeld – BMW + 43.129
4)F. Alonso – McLaren + 44.858
5)R. Kubica – BMW + 47.616
6)R. Schumacher – Toyota + 50.669
7)N. Rosberg – Williams + 59.139
8)H. Kovalainen – Renault + 1:08.104
Full Results Here
Now I start to believe that there is something into Briatore’s claims, that Dennis is not as saintly as he presents himself. I was totally stunned reading his statement claiming that Hamilton is in fault for whatever happened in pits during qualifying in Hungary … If Hamilton made a mistake (willingly or unwillingly) and did not let Alonso pass, there are sure many other way how to deal with it within the team.
Alonso stole the pole position from Hamilton in his final run. It looked though that Alonso’s final pit stop delayed Hamilton and prevented him from making one more qualifying run. Ron Dennis did not seem too happy after the session and that says something when he has both cars on the front row… P3 went to Nick Heidfeld and P4 to Kimi Raikkonen. This is probably the first time this season there is no Ferrari in top 3 on the grid. Nico Rosberg will start from respectable P5. The story of the session must be Felipe Massa not making it to Q3.
It looks like the Ferraris found some way to work out their set up. Massa was well clear of anybody else in the final free practice. However Kimi finished the session behind both McLarens and Heidfeld’s BMW. Alonso and Hamilton were pretty much evenly matched in this session. It was good session for Williams with both cars in top 10. Renault, after quick times on Friday afternoon, went back down the grid again.
As I mentioned in the Hungarian GP Preview the Red Bull organized their show in Budapest streets again. As a part of the ‘Bulls versus Lions’ show Berger returned into the F1 cockpit to drive McLaren MP4C. Mark Webber and Vitantonio Liuzzi joined him in Red Bull and Toro Rosso cars.
Kubica clocked fastest time of the 1st practice session. Who knows whether this is the display of real strength of BMW package or is it a result of low fuel run to please the huge army of his followers present at the track.
Both Ferraris were behind the McLarens most of the time, especially in the 2nd sector. However towards the end of the session both Massa and Raikkonen outpaced the McLarens. This was decent session again for Rosberg, Honda and Toyota also will be happy. Renault as is becoming the tradition this year start their weekend way back down.
Before we head for 3 weeks summer break we still have a goulash party to attend in Hungary.
Formula 1 arrived to Hungary in 1986 as a first and only race held behind the former Iron Curtain. This year will be 22nd Fomula 1 race in Hungary and amazingly I have never heard this usually processional race to be under any danger from Bernie …
The track sits on the top of the countryside just outside of Budapest. Combine this with the middle of the summer in Central Europe and you get one hot and dusty race on otherwise not very used track. There has never been a wet race here until 2006…