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2011 Hungarian Grand Prix (Rd 11, Qualifying, July 30th, TV Notes)

August 6, 2011

Still catching-up with life, here’s TV notes from last week’s Hungarian GP Qualifying session.

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Hungaroring. © Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Sebastian Vettel made it twelve consecutive pole positions for Red Bull at the Hungaroring last Saturday.

The reigning champion powered to the head of qualifying on his second run in Q3, giving himself a 0.163 advantage over McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel’s initial run would have left the 24-year-old 2nd on the grid and nursing poor off-line grip, yet an “on it” final blast around the fourteen-turn course – setting a quickest lap of 1:19.815 – ensured another qualifying top spot for the German.

Unlike Vettel, Hamilton could not improve as the clock wound down, although the Briton’s best was just enough to keep him ahead of teammate Jenson Button.
Felipe Massa filled out the second row in his Ferrari. It was a notable achievement for the Brazilian, out-qualifying team-leader Fernando Alonso by 0.015 thanks to a stellar last moment effort.
Mark Webber filled out the third-row; however the Australian had been handicapped somewhat by a faulty DRS and inconsistent KERS unit.

Mercedes headed the “best-of-the-rest”, with Nico Rosberg claiming 7th and Michael Schumacher 9th. The silver and turquoise pairing squeezed Force India’s Adrian Sutil (8th), while Sauber’s Sergio Perez made the top ten, yet chose not run and save a set of tyres.

Paul di Resta only just missed out on the top ten. The Force India rookie was on target for another Q3 appearance, when bumped by Schumacher in the dying moments.
Vitaly Petrov led the Renault charge by taking 12th – two places and two-tenths ahead of teammate Nick Heidfeld. The dark green machines found themselves split by the second Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi (13th), while Rubens Barrichello (15th, Williams) and Jaime Alguersuari (16th, Toro Rosso) assumed the eighth row.
Pastor Maldonado did not attempt a run in Q2, opting to take 17th place and a spare set of Pirelli rubber.

Indeed Maldonado only just made into Q2. The Venezuelan pipped Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso as the clock ticked to zero; however as the chequered flag waved, Buemi’s time was nowhere near good enough to progress.
With Buemi accepting a five-place penalty for offences caused during the German Grand Prix, the Toro Rosso man would have to make do with starting 23rd. The Swiss driver secured a best lap of 1:24.070 – some eight-tenths shy of the cut-off point and only three-tenths clear of Heikki Kovalainen Lotus (18th).

As per usual, Kovalainen’s teammate Jarno Trulli was next up on the timing sheet, with both green and yellow machines some two seconds clear of Timo Glock (20th, Virgin).
A pair of HRT’s followed Glock, headed by veteran Vitantonio Liuzzi, although new boy Daniel Ricciardo continues to run Liuzzi close. Jerome d’Ambrosio was last of the runners, three-hundredths shy of Ricciardo.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m19.815s
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m19.978s  + 0.163
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m20.024s  + 0.209
 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m20.350s  + 0.535
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m20.365s  + 0.550
 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m20.474s  + 0.659
 7.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m21.098s  + 1.283
 8.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m21.445s  + 1.630
 9.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m21.907s  + 2.092
10.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       No time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m23.067s Gap **
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m22.256s   + 1.994
12.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault              1m22.284s   + 2.022
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m22.435s   + 2.173
14.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault              1m22.470s   + 2.208
15.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    1m22.684s   + 2.422
16.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m22.979s   + 2.717
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    No time
Q1 cut-off time: 1m23.285s Gap *
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault        1m24.362s  + 2.784
19.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault        1m24.534s  + 2.956
20.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      1m26.294s  + 4.716
21.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth         1m26.323s  + 4.745
22.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         1m26.479s  + 4.901
23.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m24.070s  + 2.492 ***
24.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      1m26.510s  + 4.932
107% time: 1m27.288s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
*** Five-place grid-penalty
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