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F1: Hamilton wins the Hungarian GP

At the start of the GP Lewis Hamilton was leading into Turn 1. Vettel tried  to hold of Grosjean on the outside of the track.

Rosberg meanwhile, who started from 4th position had contact with Massa’s frontwing at Turn 5.

Rosberg had to go wide and settled for 12th postion, then he overtoke some cars bringing him to 7th but then he retired 10 laps before the end of the race due a engine failure.

Hamilton was leading ahead of Vettel and Grosjean until the first pitstops came around the laps 9-13.

Vettel already had to defend his 2nd position against Grosjean and surprisingly struggled with the handling of the car.

After Vettel made his first pitstop, he came back behind McLaren driver Jenson Button, who held him off for 33 laps, what was a quite amazing perfomance from the brit.

So Vettel held up Grosjean, and some laps later Alonso was becoming faster, so it became a four way battle for 2nd.

Vettel finally got past Button for 2nd and Grosjean was also trying to pass Button, but with contact resulted to a penalty after the race. After Grosjeans 2nd pitstop, he was behind Massa.

Grosjean was much faster than the Ferrari driver and tried a brave outside move into the blind Turn 5 corner, which was succesfull but illegal. He had all four wheels off the track and he was over the line, so he gained an advantage over Massa.

The frenchman got a drive through penalty and later made his third pitstop, he ended up in 6th position.

His teammate Raikönnen however had a fantastic strategy and despite the hot weather there he managed his tires very well and made only two pitstops.

So he came up to 2nd, but Vettel was close behind him and tried a ”Grosjean move” on the outside of Turn 5.

But Raikkönnen defended and kept his 2nd place until the end.  Webber had a great race, coming from 10th on the grid after his bad luck in Qualifying to 4th in the race.

Hamilton controlled his lead and won the Hungarian GP after 70 laps. It was his first GP win of the season and the third for Mercedes AMG Petronas.

Sutil had a horrible 100th GP, he had problems starting his car again at his first pitstop and had to retire.

Williams meanwhile scored their first points of the season with Maldonado finishing 10th.

Teammate Bottas had to retire after an engine failure.

The next race of the Formula 1 World Championship is on the 25th of August for the Belgium GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Full Results:

1 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 70 1:42:29.445 179,507
2 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 70 +0:10.938 +0:10.938 179,188
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 70 +0:12.459 +0:01.521 179,144
4 2 M. Webber Red Bull 70 +0:18.044 +0:05.585 178,982
5 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 70 +0:31.411 +0:13.367 178,595
6 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 70 +0:52.295 +0:20.884 177,993
7 5 J. Button McLaren 70 +0:53.819 +0:01.524 177,950
8 4 F. Massa Ferrari 70 +0:56.447 +0:02.628 177,874
9 6 S. Perez McLaren 69 +1 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 176,881
10 16 P. Maldonado Williams 69 +1 Rnd. +0:17.883 176,368
11 11 N. Hülkenberg Sauber 69 +1 Rnd. +0:29.391 175,532
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.459 175,519
13 19 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 69 +1 Rnd. +0:00.611 175,502
14 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 173,349
15 20 C. Pic Caterham 68 +2 Rnd. +0:06.374 173,171
16 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 171,347
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 67 +3 Rnd. +0:42.899 170,163
18 14 P. di Resta Force India 66 +4 Rnd. +1 Rnd. 175,043



Driver championship standings after 10 races:

1. S. Vettel 172 15 25 12 25 12 18 25 A 25 15
2. K. Räikkönen 134 25 6 18 18 18 1 2 10 18 18
3. F. Alonso 133 18 A 25 4 25 6 18 15 12 10
4. L. Hamilton 124 10 15 15 10 12 15 12 10 25
5. M. Webber 105 8 18 A 6 10 15 12 18 6 12
6. N. Rosberg 84 A 12 A 2 8 25 10 25 2
7. F. Massa 61 12 10 8 15 A 4 8 A 4
8. R. Grosjean 49 1 8 2 15 A A 15 8
9. J. Button 39 2 10 1 4 8 8 6
10. P. di Resta 36 4 A 4 12 6 2 6 2
11. A. Sutil 23 6 A A 10 1 6 A
12. S. Perez 18 2 8 2 A 4 2
13. J. Vergne 13 1 A A 4 8 A A
14. D. Ricciardo 11 A 6 1 A 4
15. N. Hülkenberg 7 S 4 1 A 1 1
16. P. Maldonado 1 A A A 1
17. V. Bottas 0 A
18. E. Gutierrez 0 A A A
19. J. Bianchi 0 A A
20. C. Pic 0 A
21. G. van der Garde 0 A A
22. M. Chilton 0

Manufactures championship standings:

1.RedBull 277

2.MercedesBenz 208

3.Ferrari 194

4.Lotus 183

5.Force India 59

6.McLaren 57

7.Toro Rosso  24

8.Sauber 7

9.Williams 1

10.Marussia 0

11.Caterham 0

GP of India in Noida 2012: Videos

Alonso vs. Hamilton vs. Button

Hamilton Onboard Start

Hamilton Pit Stop- Steering Wheel change

Vettel’s Pole Lap

Massa’s spin in Q2

Rosberg in Slow-Motion

Friday practice – drivers statements

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, P1 – 1:50.566, 1st; P2 – 1:48.340, 1st

“This is a tough circuit for drivers and cars. Overall we can be happy with today, but let’s see what we do tomorrow, it’s still Friday and today’s results are not so conclusive as some drivers got stuck in traffic etc. Most important is that the car seemed to work on either tyre, so we go from there. The kerbs have been changed this year, which is an improvement.”

Mark Webber, P1 – 1:51.655, 6th; P2 – 1:48.964, 4th
“The second session was useful today. I had a good feeling with the car and we seem to be more competitive here. We need to keep chipping away, also because the track will change a bit by tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that, but a solid start. I think we can be strong on Sunday, we need to execute a clean Saturday first, but so far so good.”

Jenson Button, P1 – 1:51.459, 3rd; P2 – 1:48.651, 2nd

“I don’t feel like I’ve found my flow yet – the track surface wasn’t very grippy in either session because of the morning’s rain. I’m not entirely happy with the balance either – not everything we tried changing today was successful – but we’ve still got a few ideas for tomorrow and that’s a positive. There’s still a lot of work to do – but, if we can fine-tune the balance, we should be competitive.”

Lewis Hamilton, P1 – 1:50.615, 2nd; P2 – 1:49.086, 5th
“Our car has quite a nice balance but we still need to make some further set-up changes. It’s tough in these temperatures, especially on the long runs, but to be honest I think everyone’s struggling a bit too. In FP2, I ran a bit wide at the final corner on my fastest lap and probably lost about half a second. Still, it’s great to be able to throw the car around on a high-downforce circuit. My race pace didn’t feel great from inside the cockpit, but my engineers tell me it was quite promising. The track should also rubber-in by tomorrow, so tyre degradation should be less of an issue. We’re in the top five, but it’ll be a very tight battle for pole position tomorrow. We’re looking at set-up and balance to improve our long-run pace, but today’s performance isn’t a bad place from which to start.”

Fernando Alonso, P1 – 1:51.525, 4th; P2 – 1:48.896, 3rd

“We tried various new components on the car: some seem to be positive, others less so, but maybe in the case of the latter, we need to spend a bit more time for them to be developed as well as possible. Overall, I would saytoday was positive, even if the first impression is that we are not as competitive as we were in Monza, two weeks ago. We still lack a bit of performance on tracks like this one, where you need maximum aerodynamic downforce. From what we saw today, there’s a significant difference between the two types of tyre, but we will have to wait until tomorrow to get a clear picture of the situation on this front. Maybe today’s difference has been somewhat exaggerated by the evolution of the track surface. Testing the tyres over a long distance is very complicated on a track like this, because of the traffic, therefore it’s difficult to make a direct comparison to our main competitors. I am reasonably sure that, on Sunday, we will see rather significant degradation and it will be important to manage that as well as possible.”

Felipe Massa, P1 – 1:53.080, 16th; P2 – 1:50.039, 9th
“It wasn’t an easy day for me. The car wasn’t right all day and I also suffered particularly badly with tyre degradation in both sessions. At the end of the second session, we found something that wasn’t working properly, but that doesn’t explain all my problems. We must find out what happened so we can fix it for the rest of the weekend. We have reasonably clear ideas about the direction to go in when it comes to set-up: one thing’s certain, there’s a lot of work to do.”

Force India
Paul di Resta, P1 – 1:51.943, 8th; P2- 1:49.300, 6th

“I think you always need time to get up to speed on any street circuit so it was useful to have some trouble-free sessions and get the laps under my belt. The balance we have with the car is already looking good, but there’s always room to improve things overnight. So I think we’re in decent shape and the data collected should leave us well prepared for Sunday’s race.”

Nico Hulkenberg, P1 – 1:51.658, 7th; P2 – 1:49.339, 7th
“It’s been a positive Friday overall and I think we are looking competitive here. The rain at the start of the first session didn’t really have an impact on us and we still had plenty of time to get through the programme. I think in terms of race preparation we can be happy because we focussed on long runs and have lots of information going into tomorrow.”

Nico Rosberg, P1 – 1:53.227, 18th; P2 – 1:49.790, 8th

“That was a busy day for us as we needed to learn a lot about our new updates. It always takes some time to understand how things really work on the car, and there is a lot that we can take away from today to study overnight. In general, I feel we have made some progress but it is too early to make any predictions of how the weekend might go from here.”

Michael Schumacher, P1 – 1:52.986, 14th; P2 – 1:50.263, 11th
“We had two productive sessions today, however I have not yet understood the real picture. We will definitely need to have a good look at the data this evening and extract the true performances shown. We were running the new parts today and the car felt reasonable, although at the end of the second session, we had a little brake issue and had to stop. Now we will have to work hard in front of our computers to find out what our chances will be this weekend.”

Romain Grosjean, P1 – 1:53.028, 15th; P2 – 1:50.161, 10th

“It feels good to be back on track. Our position on the time sheets in the morning was not what we’d have liked and even after FP2 we know there is more performance to be found. The car is basically the same as what we ran in Monaco and Budapest where we were very competitive but we’ve struggled a bit for grip today. The good thing is we understand what we need to do, the team has been working hard to make improvements and I’m sure we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

Kimi Raikkonen, P1 – 1:52.716, 12th; P2 – 1:50.345, 12th
“It wasn’t the easiest of days for us today. We don’t have enough grip for some reason, and we seem to be lacking downforce. It’s the same on both tyres ; a little bit better when the tyres are new, but still not quite the pace we want. I think we can improve for tomorrow but we have to find two seconds to get to the front. I don’t think we’ll find that much time ; but I think we should improve from Friday as we usually do.”

Pastor Maldonado, P1 – 1:51.576, 5th; P2 – 1:50.636, 13th

“It was a good day as we completed our plan. We lost one run in FP1 due to the weather, as the track was still wet, but I’m happy we were able to get all the data we needed. We need to work on our performance but the consistency of the car looks good. It’s difficult to say where we are at this stage as we don’t know what everyone else is doing and this track can be quite unpredictable. The track is also improving all the time so we’ll see tomorrow. You have to change your approach in Singapore but I really enjoy it. It’s both physically and mentally challenging for drivers, but it is an amazing circuit to drive.”

Bruno Senna, P1 – 1:52.629, 11th; P2 – 1:51.452, 17th
“It wasn’t an ideal day but I was still able to learn a lot about the car and we have a good idea on the direction we will take tomorrow. I made a mistake in FP2 and touched the wall which damaged the car. I was trying to push hard and on a track like this unfortunately that means you can end up in the wall. There isn’t too much damage so we need to work hard to be 100 per cent ready for tomorrow. We are aiming for the top ten but the grid is looking very tight so we are going to have to push very hard. It’s going to be important to qualifying as far forward as possible at this circuit but the competition is strong.”

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, P1 – 1:52.275, 9th; P2 – 1:50.791, 14th

“This is not your run of the mill circuit, with the night and the atmosphere at what is a unique venue. It’s great to have a change and myself and Jean-Eric had a chat after the first session and both agreed we were having fun! I felt the first session went better than the second and the changes we made before FP2 meant we did not seem to keep up with track evolution. We therefore need to think what we can do to get closer to the top ten like we were in the first session. But trying things out, whether they work or not, is what Friday is about. As for the tyres, the super soft is naturally faster and by quite a bit, while the soft logically proved more consistent over a long run.”

Jean-Eric Vergne, P1 – 1:53.189, 17th; P2 – 1:52.009, 18th
“This is definitely the hardest new circuit I have come across so far this season, with so many corners and the fact it’s really hot. I really enjoyed this whole experience of racing on a street circuit at night, but at first I was making a lot of mistakes on what is a very long lap. But I am getting used to it, I brought the car back in one piece and I know I will improve tomorrow. Overall, the car did not feel too bad, so I think if we can improve it a bit and I learn my way round a bit better, there should be more to come for the rest of the weekend.”

Sergio Perez, P1 – 1:52.296, 10th; P2 – 1:51.122, 15th

“For me it was a difficult day because I was never really happy with the balance of the car. It felt inconsistent and a bit unpredictable. We now have to analyse the data carefully and find a way to improve the car.”

Kamui Kobayashi, P1 – 1:52.839, 13th; P2 – 1:51.450, 16th
“The first session when we were evaluating parts was quite positive but in general our performance was rather weak today. I had way too much oversteer. It is great to go racing in Singapore again but it is important that we improve the balance and set-up because you really need confidence in the car here.”

Timo Glock, P1 – 1:54.908, 19th; P2 – 1:52.218, 19th

“A sweaty start, not to put too fine a point on it. That’s normal for Singapore though and the hot conditions are very tough for everyone. It’s just great to be back again and huge fun to drive here. I love every lap. We got through the programme quite well today. In FP2 we did quite an important test which we still have to analyse and have a think about where we go with it, because we seem to have made good progress with the car. Other than that we did some long runs with the tyres and I think that will be the key point over the weekend – to just keep the tyres alive as long as possible. It’s not easy to get the lap together in qualifying but I’ll do my best and also I think there is still a little more to come from the car. We’ll see what we can do.”

Charles Pic, P1 – 1:55.335, 21st; P2 – 1:52.863, 21st
“Again, I’m very pleased to have adjusted well to what is a new circuit for me and also today has been my first time running in night-race conditions, so a lot to take in. This morning I made that my focus but I was quickly up to speed and able to work on the technical programme very soon. The heat and humidity are not easy for anyone in the team – it’s tough. Generally I am quite happy with where we are on only day one – especially in respect of our competitors – and there is certainly room for further improvement through the weekend. I have to say this track is one of the ones I have been most looking forward to in my debut season and so far I love it! The atmosphere already is quite electric because of the unique setting, so I can’t wait to see it build for the race.”

Pedro de la Rosa, P1 – 1:56.656, 23rd; P2 – 1:54.448, 23rd

“In the first session we focused mainly on learning the circuit. It’s just as I expected, although tougher physically, especially in the first session. The second session was a bit easier, and as I already knew the circuit, we decided to set up the new floor. Now we must analyze the data to fully understand how it worked and how the different tests we carried out went, especially with different heights on the rear. From there we’ll be able to evaluate the magnitude of the improvement and how much we can extract from it.”

Narain Karthikeyan, P2 – 1:54.514, 24th
“The objective was to adapt to the track because street circuits are always tricky and the important thing was to do laps and gain confidence. The track is very demanding physically, not just because of the heat, but because it’s very stop and go. We must be happy with how the session went overall because we did a good job but tomorrow we must take another step forward with the car to progress. And I’m also happy with the trust and support Tata Tea shows in me, with them present on my helmet and drink bottle from this race on.”

Qing Hua Ma, P1 – 1:58.053, 24th
“It was fantastic to drive the F112 once again and do it at such a spectacular track. We did a good session and I learned a lot. We took it calmly as the conditions of the track, which was wet, weren’t easy. We went out on intermediate tyres and the team wanted me to be comfortable and adapt to the track before switching to softs. I improved my times lap by lap and it was also the first time I’d driven a Formula One car in wet conditions, on a street circuit at night time so I’m happy with the result.”

McLaren unable to explain Button’s Monza DNF

McLaren admit they’re confused as to why Jenson Button had to retire from the Italian Grand Prix, as they’re unable to explain the cause of the failure.

Whilst they know the Briton had to retire from second place because the engine wasn’t receiving any fuel at the time, they don’t know the exact cause behind the issue despite taking his car to pieces.

“This is very unusual in my experience,” team principal Martin Whitmarsh told The F1 Show. “What we do know is that there were 50 kilos of fuel in the car, but it wasn’t where we wanted it – i.e. being put into the engine.

“I can’t recall now in the last few years where we haven’t been able to get to the bottom of it [a problem],” he added.

“It’s a fuel system that the fundamental design hasn’t changed for five years, it’s very complex.”

To avoid a repeat of the issue, the system at fault will be switched for a new one for the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix.

“Clearly as you would imagine, there won’t be one single component that was used in this car in Jenson’s car in Singapore so in all probability we will never see it [the problem] again but that’s not quite as satisfying as saying ‘actually, we know exactly what it was'”.


Source: The F1 Times

Jenson Button convinced McLaren can win constructors’ title


Jenson Button travels to Italy positive that McLaren can finally claim another Constructors’ Championship title this year. The Woking-based team is yet to pick up the honour since Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard were its drivers in 1998.

By winning in Belgium last Sunday, McLaren has become the first team to win both four races and two consecutively in what is an ultra-competitive 2012 Formula 1 campaign.

“I head to Monza absolutely full of motivation after a fantastic result in Spa,” Button comments. “It was the perfect weekend for me – it’s not only put me back in contention for the Drivers’ Championship, but it’s shown that we have a car that can definitely fight for the constructors’ title. It’ll be great to be back in the car so soon after the victory.”

Martin Whitmarsh is now also more optimistic about constructors’ chances.

“Our victories in Hungary and Spa hardly feel like back-to-back wins, because they were achieved so far apart, but they give us enormous encouragement because they demonstrate that we can win on circuits of distinctly different character,” the Team Principal begins.

“While I still think that making predictions from race to race is largely futile, it’s satisfying to see there’s some shape to our performances. We’ve qualified a car on the front row of the grid for seven of this year’s 12 races – and that’s hugely motivational for our designers and engineers because it shows that we’re able to develop and refine the car successfully from track to track. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue.

“Having won in Hungary and Belgium, we’ll be aiming for a hat-trick of wins.”

Source: GPupdate.net

Lewis Hamilton gives insight into qualifying woes

After a disappointing qualifying session which saw him vent his dismay on Twitter, Lewis Hamilton has returned to the social networking tool to further demonstrate his point.

Posting a photo of some of the team’s telemetry, Hamilton’s shared an overlay of his fastest lap against that of teammate and pole-sitter Jenson Button. “In engineering, just been shown this, overlay of mine & jensons qualifying lap on a speed trace. This is what I was trying to explain yesterday,” Hamilton Tweeted.


Hamilton had complained yesterday that he’d lost four tenths of a second to teammate Button on a straight alone, the result of opting for a higher downforce rear wing. It was a decision that ultimately backfired, as supported by the telemetry.

It’s a fascinating insight in to the level of detail Formula One teams go in to, and appropriately comes from Hamilton after he hurriedly deleted a Tweet yesterday lamenting the fact he’d chosen the wrong setup for qualifying. Interestingly the data shows not only a direct comparison between the driver’s speed at any given point, but also the relative lap time. Displayed as a red dotted line it shows that Hamilton was a tenth down heading in to Eau Rouge, though with greater downforce clawed that time back.

From there however Hamilton’s lap begins to unravel, losing six tenths of a second on the run from Eau Rouge to Les Combes. While the 2008 world champion regains those losses and more he loses a further half second from Stavelot to the Bus Stop chicane.

Source: Pitpass.com

Belgium Qualifying: Perfect way to restart!!


Well, We can say that this is a perfect way to restart what has been a unpredictable season all along. We all knew, Button just regained enough form before heading into the summer break and now with the season restarted, he nailed a perfect lap in Q2 and in Q3 to claim the pole position but what was more interesting is the fact that he got Kobayashi alongside followed by Maldonado. This makes it an unpredictable Top 3 and perhaps today’s qualifying session was actually one of the closest at Spa.

Maldonado started off by topping the charts in Q1. Rosberg who missed the practice session earlier in the day always had a tough task ahead of him as that was the only dry practice session of this weekend which remained dry and he missed the Q2 cut quite marginally as well. To make matters worse, Rosberg will have a 5 place grid penalty for a Gearbox change. The other casualties of Q1 who joined Rosberg in failing to make it to Q2 were Kovalainen, Petrov, Glock, de la Rosa, Pic and Karthikeyan.

While Button topped the charts in Q2, Raikkonen was eight tenths down on Button before Perez managed to squeeze in ahead of the Raikkonen. Vettel was the big name to miss out on the Q3 and he was joined by Hulkenberg, Schumacher, Massa, Vergne, Ricciardo and Senna. The field was closest ever in Q2 as just around two tenths separated Webber and Vettel while as many as six drivers were in between. Hulkenberg who was ahead of his teammate for much of the day struggled to nail a perfect lap in Q2. Senna was the other driver who missed the Q3 cut as he just managed to save himself from a potential crash and had to head back into the pits for repairs while he couldn’t do himself any favor on his final flying lap and that put him on 17th.

Button meanwhile having a different setup from his teammate managed to two nail two perfect laps in Q3 which put himself on the Pole. The big Surprises were Kobayashi and Maldonado who brought themselves into the 1.47” and were in striking distance of the pole. They were followed by Raikkonen who looked strong all through the weekend and perhaps it should be noted that Lotus have the best middle sectors, but unfortunately for them though, tomorrow is predicted to be a lot cooler and this will mean that they have to bring in enough heat into the tyres quite quickly. Sauber is the other team who should be wary of the cooler conditions and speaking of Sauber they had quite a strong qualifying today which was always their concern. Perez finished in 5th marking the strongest ever qualifying session for Sauber. They have all the characteristics for them to win the race and probably the best ever situation for them to do so. The championship leader, Alonso will start from round three of the grid and although at times they showed their potential to be in couple of rows, it looked like it was too much to ask from Alonso for the Pole. Webber meanwhile managed a 7th only for him to drop down 5 places as a result of Gearbox penalty. Hamilton as noted earlier seems to be on a different setup to his teammate and was considerably slower then Button. Grosjean and Di Resta rounded off the Top 10.

With no pecking order whatsoever, it would be an interesting race for tomorrow and although Button would be eager to break his winless streak, Kobayashi, Maldonado and even Raikkonen are all the favorites for the race.

Source: Rach F1