GP Ungheria, prove sabato–28/07/2013
Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel to pole
Lewis Hamilton denied Sebastian Vettel Hungarian Grand Prix pole in a superb battle at the end of qualifying.
Vettel seemed to have put himself out of reach with an incredible first flying lap in Q3 that was 0.8 seconds clear of the rest of the field.
But Red Bull had the advantage of still having fresh soft tyres for both Q3 runs, whereas its rivals were all saving their rubber for their final lap.
At first, Vettel remained too fast to catch, with final practice pacesetter Romain Grosjean getting closest in his Lotus.
Then Mercedes driver Hamilton produced a 1m19.388s to depose Vettel, and although the world champion was also improving his pace, he fell 0.038 seconds short.
That was far better off than his team-mate Mark Webber. Vettel’s closest rival on Friday had a KERS failure early in qualifying.
Webber struggled through to Q3 but did not run in the final segment so will start 10th in the second Red Bull.
Grosjean held on to third, joined on row two by Hamilton’s team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Ferrari was not a factor in the pole fight, with Fernando Alonso fifth and Felipe Massa seventh.
Kimi Raikkonen was briefly on the provisional front row as he completed an early final run, but his Lotus ultimately fell to sixth.
Raikkonen’s rival for a 2014 Red Bull seat Daniel Ricciardo maintained his strong recent form to put his Toro Rosso eighth, six places ahead of team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
Sergio Perez was the other Q3 contender in ninth, sticking to medium tyres rather than going for pole. His McLaren team-mate Jenson Button understeered to 13th.
Given his practice three engine problems, Esteban Gutierrez’s Q1 departure was little surprise.
But Paul di Resta ending up 18th was a shock to both the Scot and Force India, left baffled by the performance of his final set of tyres.
Di Resta’s team-mate Adrian Sutil missed out on the top 10 by just 0.042s and joins Nico Hulkenberg’s Sauber on row six.
Caterham proved comfortably quicker than Marussia in the tail-end fight, while brief late-Q2 top-10 appearances by both Williams drivers proved deceptive as they were shuffled back to 16th and 17th.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.388s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.426s +0.038s 3. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m19.595s +0.207s 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.720s +0.332s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.791s +0.403s 6. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m19.851s +0.463s 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.929s +0.541s 8. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m20.641s +1.253s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.398s +3.010s 10. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault no time set Q2 cut-off time: 1m20.545s Gap ** 11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m20.569s +0.791s 12. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.580s +0.802s 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.777s +0.999s 14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m21.029s +1.251s 15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m21.133s +1.355s 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m21.219s +1.441s Q1 cut-off time: 1m21.612s Gap * 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.724s +1.374s 18. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m22.043s +1.693s 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m23.007s +2.657s 20. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m23.333s +2.983s 21. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m23.787s +3.437s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m23.997s +3.647s 107% time: 1m25.974s * Gap to quickest in Q1 ** Gap to quickest in Q2
Hungarian GP: Romain Grosjean fastest in final practice for Lotus
Romain Grosjean set the pace in the final practice session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Lotus driver surged to the top of the times six minutes from the end of the session, his best of 1m20.730s coming during a flurry of quick times set on the soft tyre inside the final 10 minutes.
Fernando Alonso was second for Ferrari, ahead of McLaren’s Sergio Perez, who ended up in the barriers with just minutes remaining after spinning at speed on the approach to Turn 11.
Having set the pace during the first two practice sessions, Sebastian Vettel was just fourth fastest in free practice three.
The Red Bull driver spent the majority of the session working on a long run on the medium tyre, and was sitting 19th before improving with a soft tyre run right at the end.
Felipe Massa was fifth, slotting in ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil.
Kimi Raikkonen missed out on a top 10 spot, finishing 11th after complaining about a lack of rear grip.
Grosjean’s pace was not limited to the soft tyre. Earlier in the session, he was one of the pacesetters on the medium tyre, going fastest 18 minutes into the session.
But in the end it was Hamilton who led the way on the medium tyre.
He first jumped to the top 26 minutes into the session with a 1m22.266s, before lowering his best time to a 1m21.942s, the fastest that was set on the harder of the two compounds.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.730s 20 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m20.898s +0.168s 13 3. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.052s +0.322s 10 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m21.125s +0.395s 27 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m21.151s +0.421s 14 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m21.158s +0.428s 19 7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m21.254s +0.524s 17 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.356s +0.626s 23 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.499s +0.769s 15 10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m21.519s +0.789s 20 11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m21.589s +0.859s 17 12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m21.646s +0.916s 19 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m21.963s +1.233s 21 14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.964s +1.234s 21 15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.180s +1.450s 18 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m22.423s +1.693s 19 17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m23.028s +2.298s 16 18. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m23.975s +3.245s 21 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m23.987s +3.257s 19 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m24.298s +3.568s 20 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m25.122s +4.392s 20 22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari no time set 2