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GP Week : Issue 207
QUALIFYING was a loss of high-pressure fuel to the direct injection system of the internal combustion engine. This fuel leak then caused a major conflagration which is likely to have written off most of the car. “We will obviously be doing our very best to give Lewis the car and the strategy necessary to make the best possible recovery in the race tomorrow. “On the other side of the garage, the rain in Q3 brought a stressful twist to the session in its closing minutes. Nico was under a lot of pressure from the changing conditions and some very competitive laps from Red Bull and Williams. But he delivered a fantastic lap time in the end to take another pole position, so well done to him. “Overall, however, a huge apology to Lewis and his fans for our failure today.” Best-of-the-rest on this occasion was Sebastian Vettel, albeit half a second down on the Mercedes: "After Q2 I thought if we got everything right then we might have been closer to the Mercedes at the end than we were. Nico's lap was very strong and it's difficult to match them. But let's see tomorrow, a lot of things can change if it rains and it may do tomorrow. We just have to focus on ourselves and, if we get a chance, try to make a pass, but the Mercedes is quite a bit quicker than us on the straights. The nature of the circuit here suits us more than it did in Germany, but we're still quite far off the pace of the Mercedes." Williams hadn’t expected the Hungaroring to suit their straightline speed car, but again, Valtteri Bottas confirmed his talent by putting his car on the inside of the second row: “We are maybe a little surprised. We knew Red Bull were going to be really quick here, also Ferrari, and Mercedes like always. The nature of the track, in theory, for us is not the best but we have worked well as a team and brought updates that have worked well. We're still missing some grip compared to some others cars but today was a good day for us. Third and sixth on the grid gives us a chance to get some good points tomorrow.” Noticeable performers were the Toro Rossoduo – other than Daniil Kvyat's Q2 spin, on what would have been his best lap, a Q3 double looked on. Chief engineer Phil Charles was, overall, pleased: "That was an exciting Qualifying session. Similar to last weekend, we've made a step for ward from Friday to Saturday's Qualifying. We had the pace for both cars to get into Q3 in dry conditions, which is encouraging. "Unfortunately Daniil made a mistake and had a little spin, which was a real shame because he has worked hard all weekend and would have deserved to be inQ3.JEVdidagoodjobinQ3 again in tricky conditions and we are pleased with his lap. Starting from P8 he should be in a good position to have a strong race tomorrow. "All in all, we are pleased with the work the drivers and also the engineers have done to improve the car." Sunday promised excitement. The possibility of rain was Lewis’ main hope and, as he sat in his hotel room, the forecast had it as an option. FORMULA 1TM PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2014 70 LAPS ROUND 11/19 << Last Race – Germany Last Weekend 1 Next Race – Belgium >> Four Weeks’ Time FORMULA 1TM PIRELLI MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ 2014 QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Having never qualified in the top-3 on this circuit, Nico Rosberg will start from pole for the 5th time in the last 6 races, and the 6th time overall in 2014, although it’s worth remembering Lewis Hamilton is the only man in the last 10 years to have won from pole on this track. Sebastian Vettel joins him on the front row, in a repeat of the top two at Silverstone. Vettel has started in the top-3 here every year since 2008. 2 – The last time Williams were this high on the grid in Hungary was when Ralf Schumacher was on the front row in 2003, Valtteri Bottas has been in the top-3 on the grid in 3 of the last 4 races, while Daniel Ricciardo has his best start since Monaco, 5 races ago. 3 – Fernando Alonso starts 5th on the grid for the 33rd time in his career (the same number of times that Jim Clark started from pole). 23 of those have come since he joined Ferrari in 2010, and he is over a second away from pole. The Spaniard has started on row 3 in Hungary for each of the last 4 years, and coincidentally he is joined by former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa. 4 – Jenson Button starts 7th on the track where he has won twice in wet weather. Race day this weekend would have been his father John Button’s 71st birthday. That said, this is the first time no Mclaren has qualified in the top-6 in Hungary for exactly 10 years. Jean-Eric Vergne and Nico Hülkenberg have their best-ever starts in Hungary in 8th and 9th, while Daniil Kvyat has his worst start for 4 races in 10th. 5 – It is a sign of Sauber’s bad season that 11th on the grid for Adrian Sutil is the team’s best start of 2014. Further down, Marussia’s Jules Bianchi reached Q2 for the 2nd time in 3 races, and it came at the expense of Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen – ironically Bianchi was the man who stood in for Räikkönen at Silverstone testing earlier this month. For Räikkönen, it was a 3rd consecutive race without a Q3 appearance. 6 – Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi gives the team their best start since he reached Q2 in Australia, and Marcus Ericsson ties his best start in F1, from Melbourne and Spain. Lewis Hamilton will be attempting to be only the 2nd man ever to win from outside the top-20 on the grid (John Watson won the 1983 Long Beach GP from 22nd). He finished on the podium from 20th at Hockenheim last weekend. 7 – Kevin Magnussen will be starting from pitlane, and no doubt hoping to emulate the sort of performance he had last year in the World Series Renault race, when he finished 2nd in the wet from 16th on the grid. 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: