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.
|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|
|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|
GUT, SUT, BOT, ROS.
Driver championship standings after 10 races:
|10.||P. di Resta||36||4||A||4||12||6||2||6||2||–||–|
|21.||G. van der Garde||0||–||–||–||–||A||–||A||–||–||–|
Manufactures championship standings:
5.Force India 59
7.Toro Rosso 24
Today was announced that F1 will comeback to the Red Bull Ring (A1 Ring back then) at the 6th of July 2014.
But the agency of Spielberg (there were the Red Bull Ring is located on) have to give the official okay.
The Austrian GP should have already comeback this year, but Ecclestone disagreed.
Ecclestone disagreed because the Red Bull Ring wouldn’t have enough Hotel rooms.
But now he agreed with Dr. Helmut Marko and Dietrich Mateschitz who are behind this ”Austrian GP comeback”.
F1 was driving the current layout from 1997-2003, called A1-Ring, but they also drove the old layout, called Österreichring from 1970-1987.
But it’s still uncertain who will pay the Grand Prix tax, which are Millions of euros.
But finally a classy track comes new to the F1 calender, but also with the new New Jersey GP starting next year, it would be hard for the teams to race 22 GP’s in a year.
So i won’t be surprised if some of the current GP’s will go away from the calender (please the Korean GP!!!)
Possible permutations for the 2012 Championship.
Sebastian Vettel can win the title in the following ways-
1. Finish in the top four.
2. Finish fifth, sixth or seventh but Alonso must finish second or lower.
3. Finish eighth or ninth, but Alonso must finish third or lower.
Fernando Alonso can win the title in the following ways-
1. He must win the race and Vettel must go on to finish fifth or lower.
2. He must finish in second and Vettel must go on to finish eighth or lower.
3. He must finish in third and Vettel must go on to finish 10th or lower.
Circuit of The Americas today announced that it has been declared ready to host the 2012 F1 United States GP by Charlie Whiting, who directs racing, safety and technical matters for the FIA. Whiting visited the Central Texas racing circuit as part of a scheduled pre-race inspection and approved the circuit for “Grade 1” status, hence appropriate to host an F1 race.
Whiting’s visit comes approximately two months before Formula 1 racing is set to return to the United States, Nov. 16-18. He spent approximately two hours touring the Austin facility along with representatives of Circuit of The Americas, general contractor Austin Commercial and German track architects Tilke GmbH. Whiting had rave reviews for the entire venue and the work completed since his last visit to the circuit in August 2012.
“Everything that I’ve seen so far has been absolutely first class, and the progress that’s been made since the last time that I was here is amazing,” Charlie Whiting said. “The guys have done an awesome job–it really is quite fantastic! It’s built to the highest quality, exactly as we expected, and I’ve got absolutely no complaints whatsoever.”
During his visit, Whiting inspected the now fully paved racing circuit and personally walked the 3.4-mile course to ensure the asphalt met FIA requirements. He inspected kerbing, guard rails, fencing and other safety measures that have been installed around the circuit. He also toured the pit/paddock building, which will house Race Control and serve as his base of operations during the Formula 1™ event. Whiting described the circuit’s permanent structures as “fantastic,” and said he was especially impressed with the design of the circuit’s turns, including its signature Turn 1.
“There are 3-4 corners that are very likely to see overtaking,” Whiting remarked. “If you look at Turn 1, you’ll see that the turns have been designed so that they’re extremely wide and the apex is very short. It’s a very modern approach to slow corners where we hope overtaking will take place. So I’m very confident it will work well.
“Turn 1 is awesome! It’s the only word I can think of to describe it, and I think drivers and teams coming here for the first time will say the same thing.”
Whiting said he was assured that remaining landscaping and painting projects will be completed in a few weeks’ time. He will conduct one final check of the venue on Monday, Nov. 12, as Grand Prix week in Austin gets underway.
|By Matt Beer (Autosport F1)|
Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth pole position of the 2012 Formula 1 season as he led Jenson Button in an all-McLaren front row in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.
That proved unbeatable, and Button eventually joined him up front with a lap 0.123 seconds slower.
Button’s run deposed Felipe Massa, as the Ferrari driver delivered his best qualifying performance of the year.
But it was a disastrous session for Massa’s championship-leading team-mate Fernando Alonso, who was only 10th, 1.4s slower. Ferrari reported a suspected anti-rollbar failure.
Paul di Resta qualified a superb fourth, although he will move down to ninth when a gearbox-change penalty is applied.
The Scot’s speed will still be some consolation for Force India as his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg encountered an apparent gearbox problem at the start of Q1 and was left at the back of the field.
Red Bull had another muted qualifying session. Sebastian Vettel was sixth, while his team-mate Mark Webber did not make Q3, missing the cut by 0.067s as he took 11th.
Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg sandwich Vettel in fifth and seventh.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified eighth for Lotus, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi’s Sauber.
It was also a tough day for Williams. A mistake on the exit of the Ascaris left Pastor Maldonado 12th in Q2, which will become 22nd on the grid due to his Spa penalties. Bruno Senna was only 14th in the sister car.
D’Ambrosio substitute had a brief scare in Q1 when an error on his first run left him behind Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham and in danger of elimination, but he switched to the softer tyres and made the cut with his last attempt.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.010s 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.133s + 0.123s 3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m24.247s + 0.237s 4. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m24.304s + 0.294s*** 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m24.540s + 0.530s 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m24.802s + 0.792s 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.833s + 0.823s 8. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m24.855s + 0.845s 9. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.109s + 1.099s 10. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.678s + 1.668s Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.742s Gap * 11. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m24.809s + 0.567s 12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m24.820s + 0.578s**** 13. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.901s + 0.659s 14. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m25.042s + 0.800s 15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.312s + 1.070s 16. Jerome d'Ambrosio Lotus-Renault 1m25.408s + 1.166s 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m25.441s + 1.199s Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.834s Gap ** 18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m26.382s + 2.207s 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m26.887s + 2.712s 20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.039s + 2.864s 21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m27.073s + 2.898s 22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m27.441s + 3.266s 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m27.629s + 3.454s 24. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 107 per cent time: 1m30.076s * Gap to fastest in Q2 ** Gap to fastest in Q3 *** Will take five-place penalty **** Will take 10-place penalty All timing unofficial