NOTEBOOK – Hungary Qualifying

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Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix in a session which was interrupted by the weather. The mixed conditions causes few off track moments including Felipe Massa who was caught out at the corner where he had a life threatening crash in this session in 2009.

Pole Lap – Nico Rosberg

Rosberg comes out of sixteen to set himself up going to the outside for the run down towards one breaks down to 80kph before turning in to take the kerb for the short run and speeds through turn two before breaking for three. Gets close to the apex before heading to four. Apex on entry before running out to the outside of the track.

Inside for five and six running to the inside on the exit of the corner. Crosses back over for seven before heading down to eight and nine. Nice straight line through the chicane before the run to twelve. Good line through there to before going into thirteen which is good again before going to the outside to run into fourteen.

Good line as the circuit begins to loop back to the line good through the hairpin at fifteen into the long apex at sixteen goes to the outside and does a time of 01:19.965.

He said about the lap “I gave it everything at the end of my last lap and it worked out. A big thanks to the team, as it was a great team effort to make sure I always had good track position. It’s a great feeling to be on pole here in Hungary. Tomorrow it will be a big battle against Lewis and the Red Bulls, so I look forward to that.”

Red Bulls, Force India & Bottas

The stewards are debating whether Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas should be sent to the back after they interrupted the 107% rule. Its because he didn’t set a representative lap time in Q1.

The session was intruped by the red flags this could mean that Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will be demoted from third and fourth places on the grid to 12th (Verstappen) and 13th.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas could drop from 10th to 14th. No decision has yet been made on this issue

Massa crash

Felipe Massa went off a turn four after being caught out on standing water the car appeared to just tap the white line then snapped on him. It must be a unlucky corner because that is the same place where he was hit by Rubens Barricello’s spring in 2009.

Massa said “I’m very disappointed about what happened. We risked going to the intermediates tyres in that moment and unfortunately it didn’t work for me, so it’s a real shame. I’m sorry to the guys in the garage because I was just trying to do the best I could but in conditions like that these things can happen.”


Massa wasn’t the only one to crash because Marcus Ericsson went off too. The sauber driver locked up into the left hander a ten and went into the wall. His second high-profile collision in two grands prix, with his British GP P3 incident ruling him out of Silverstone qualifying, and on this occasion he locked up at the left-hander on the wet tyre.

He told Sky Sports “It was difficult conditions for sure but it was same for everyone, you can not blame that. It was a bad mistake which should not happened.”

Red Bull good position

Red Bull appear to be having a great run of form lately from Baku they have been good on track and have closed up to Ferrari and this weekend could leap frog them in the constructors. Ferrari we were – I know repeating myself – expected to be the main challengers this season.


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