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GP Week : Issue 225
QUALIFYING FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2015 70 LAPS ROUND 10/19 << Last Race – Britain Three Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Belgium >> Four Weeks’ Time #JB17 FORMULA 1 PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2015 QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Having never taken more than 7 poles in any season in his career, Lewis Hamilton now has 9 in 2015, and it is an 18th consecutive front row start for Hamilton, completing a calendar year without ever failing to do so (the last time was Hungary 2014). It is the 2nd longest streak of front row starts in history, behind Ayrton Senna’s 24 in 1988-89. 2 – Nico Rosberg’s 2nd place means that Mercedes have only the 3rd front row lockout by a constructor here in the last 13 years, following on from Mclaren in 2008 and Red Bull in 2010. Interestingly, in both instances it was the driver who was 2nd on the grid that took victory (Heikki Kovalainen and Mark Webber), and they were the only times the Hungarian GP was won from 2nd on the grid since 1997. 3 – For the 5th time in the last 8 races, Sebastian Vettel finds himself 3rd on the grid behind both Mercedes. Again it’s worth remembering that Vettel has only ever won 2 races from lower than the front row (Malaysia 2010 and Singapore 2012). Daniel Ricciardo won the 2014 Hungarian GP from 4th on the grid, and he starts there again. 4 – Kimi Raikkonen was outqualified by Sebastian Vettel for the 8th time this year, but 5th on the grid tied Raikkonen’s best performance on this track since winning the world title in 2007. Valtteri Bottas has qualified in the top-6 in 7 of the past 8 races, but Daniil Kvyat must be disappointed after being 2nd quickest in FP2 and 4th fastest in FP3. Felipe Massa makes a 150th career top-10 start, but 8th is his worst Hungaroring start since 2007. 5 – Max Verstappen tied up the season head-to-head with Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz at 5-5, while Romain Grosjean moved his head-to-head with Pastor Maldonado to 9-1. For the first time in 5 races, no Force India reached Q3, but Nico Hulkenberg retained his record of never being outqualified by a teammate on this circuit. 6 – Maldonado himself starts 14th, and will hope to avoid getting involved with Grosjean as Lotus have lost both cars on the first lap twice already this year, while this year marks the first time that Mclaren didn’t get at least one car into the top-10 in qualifying in a Hungarian GP, while Fernando Alonso hasn’t started this low here since 2006, when he received a grid penalty. Prior to that, his worst was 18th for Minardi back in 2001. 7 – Neither Sauber reached Q2 for only the 2nd time this year, after the other high downforce track in Monaco, but Marcus Ericsson outqualified Felipe Nasr for the 3rd time in the last 4 races. for nothing given there were those again touting McLaren for a berth in the final part of the session. Sauber was disappointing, well off the pace when one takes Button’s problems into account which would have seen Ericsson almost a second off the pace of the next fastest car. Clearly the Hamgaroring doesn’t suit the Sauber which has good power but lacks the downforce of those its trying to race with. Around the tight confines in Budapest that weakness is both exposed and amplified, leaving Sauber is no-man’s land – clearly faster than Manor but significantly slower than the battle for points would realistically afford. Will Stevens also has some soul searching to do after he was half a second off what Roberto Merhi was capable of, the Englishman blaming a mistake on his best lap as the culprit. Williams was surprisingly competitive. Many had expected the Grove team to struggle on a circuit which is dictated by downforce but both cars made the top ten; a positive result, but like everyone else, nowhere near the Mercedes. 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: