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Stats From Hungaroring Qualifying

By Mav | 28 Jul 2012 | No Comment | 2,352 views

Pole position looked like being Lewis Hamilton’s from start to finish in Hungary but further down the grid, there were more questions to be answered. Romain Grosjean completed the front row, the Lotus driver back on the qualifying form that has been missing for the last two races. Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button make up the second row.

It was mixed fortunes, however, for Red Bull as Mark Webber missed out on Q3 after lying third quickest after his first run only for a poor second run on an improving track saw him tumble down the order to eleventh in an extremely closely fought Q2. Mercedes were the other surprise Q2 victims as both drivers struggled to make an impact.

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Qualifying Facts

  • Lewis Hamilton captured McLaren’s 150th pole position, the first coming at the 1972 Canadian Grand Prix courtesy of Peter Revson.
  • Hamilton remains the season’s best qualifier, with an average qualifying position of 2.9, almost two places ahead of second best Sebastian Vettel (4.8).
  • Bruno Senna made it through to Q3 for the first time this season, meaning that both Williams cars featured in the final shoot-out.
  • Mercedes failed to reach Q3 with either driver for the first time in 2012.
  • Charles Pic out-qualified team mate Timo Glock for the third race in a row.

Q3 Summary
Qualifying Lap Times

1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.953
2. Grosjean Lotus-Renault     1:21.366
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:21.416
4. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.583
5. Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault     1:21.730
6. Alonso Ferrari 1:21.844
7. Massa Ferrari 1:21.900
8. Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:21.939
9. Senna Williams-Renault 1:22.343
10. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes    1:22.847
Q2 cut-off time: 1:21.697
11. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:21.715
12. di Resta     Force India-Mercedes 1:21.813
13. Rosberg Mercedes 1:21.895
14. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:21.895
15. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.300
16. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:22.380
17. Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.723
Q1 cut-off time: 1:22.948
18. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.250
19. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:23.576
20. Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:24.167
21. Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.244
22. Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.476
23. de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:25.916
24. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:26.178

107% time: 1:27.519

Best Sector Times
Strong in all three sectors, Lewis Hamilton goes in to tomorrow’s race with a quick and well set-up car. But will rain play a role in the outcome?
What are your predictions for the race? Has the Red Bull engine map ban affected the teams’ performance? Could Romain Grosjean become this season’s eighth race winner? Who was lucky and who was unlucky today? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

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