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GP Week : Issue 225
pos DriVer Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.890 1:22.285 1:22.020 20 2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.979 1:22.775 1:22.595 21 3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:23.312 1:23.168 1:22.739 17 4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.408 1:23.230 1:22.774 20 5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.596 1:23.460 1:23.020 16 6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:23.649 1:23.555 1:23.222 19 7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:23.587 1:23.597 1:23.332 17 8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.895 1:23.598 1:12.427 20 9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.032 1:23.781 1:23.679 18 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:24.242 1:23.805 1:24.181 18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:24.115 1:23.826 13 12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:24.623 1:23.869 16 13 Sergio Perez Force India 1:24.444 1:24.461 14 14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:23.895 1:24.609 12 15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:24.563 No Time 7 16 Jenson Button McLaren 1:24.739 8 17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:24.843 8 18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:24.997 8 19 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:27.416 8 20 Will Stevens Manor 1:27.949 6 Q1 107% Time 1:31.179 forMuLa 1 round 10 hungarian gp – Qualifying QUALIFYING The Hungaroring needs a name change. After 30 years the circuit just to the north of Budapest has been claimed, like the moon more than four decades ago. But rather than being claimed in the name of mankind, the Hungaroring has been claimed by Lewis Hamilton. Perhaps it should be called the Hamgaroring. Hamilton dominated qualifying. Not only was he fastest in the final phase, by more than half a second, but he’d been fastest in both Q1 and Q2. Such was his pace that even his first flying lap inQ3,setonasetofdaggyold Pirelli’s, was good enough for pole. He needn’t have bothered with his final lap. The performance was an extension of what we’d seen up to that point in the weekend. The Mercedes rolled out of the truck fast, especially in the hands of Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg struggled on Friday, the team admitting there was something wrong with his car, but while he managed to more or less match Hamilton in final practice that disappeared again for qualifying. Instead the German complained bitterly of tyre pressures and understeer, as if offering excuses in advance of his battering by Hamilton. Mercedes was clearly the strongest car all weekend but the picture at the top was far more complicated than usual with Red Bull, Ferrari and Williams all in the mix. The twisty Hamgaroring circuit suits the Red Bull, where engine power is less important than downforce, meaning its deficiencies were somewhat masked compared to a circuit like Silverstone which relies more on sheer grunt. It allowed Daniel Ricciardo to climb to fourth, with some hope of third but Sebastian Vettel saw off that challenge. Ricciardo had limited running in final practice ahead of qualifying, the team choosing to save mileage on his engine after another failure on Friday afternoon saw the Australian hitching a ride back to the pits on a golf kart. The second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat was half a second off Ricciardo’s pace, the Russian only able to improve by two tenths throughout the session versus seven tenths from Ricciardo who found half a second in the final part of the session alone. The reasons Red Bull was strong should also have helped McLaren but for a hybrid failure in Jenson Button’s car costing him the difference between making the cut into Q2 and Alonso’s car which conked out completely at pit entry. The sight of Alonso desperately pushing his car into the pit lane is an encouraging sign for McLaren, it shows its driver hasn’t given up and should boost the morale of the entire team. It was all in vein of course, his car had stopped on track so rules decreed he was out of qualifying, but it was a gallant display nonetheless. It does however continue to underscore the fact that practice pace counts 25 GPWEEK.com // 25 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: Hamilton's biggest hammer