Skip to comments.F1: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - Live on Speed Channel 7:30AM EST
Posted on 08/05/2006 1:17:30 PM PDT by soccer_maniac
Two-second penalties for both Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher set up a thrilling qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. With the two key championship contenders eliminated before the top-ten shootout, the honours for pole position fell right at the very end to McLarens Kimi Raikkonen, whose last-gasp lap of 1m 19.599s came just as Felipe Massa looked to have bagged the first Formula One pole of his career.
Also, Hungarian Grand Prix stewards have cancelled American Scott Speeds three fastest qualifying times as punishment for impeding another driver during Saturdays session. The move means the Toro Rosso driver will drop a place on the grid for Sundays race, starting from 20th rather than 19th position, ahead of Super Aguris Sakon Yamamoto and Midlands Christijan Albers.
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So, without the two second penalty how would qualifying go. I missed it, and couldn't believe the results, which didn't have an explanation on why the two contenders were so far down the qualifying list.
1 3 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.080
2 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.742
3 11 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:21.141
4 12 Jenson Button Honda 1:20.820
5 4 Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.288
6 9 Mark Webber Williams-Cosworth 1:21.335
7 7 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1:21.112
8 2 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1:21.370
9 8 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:21.434
10 17 Robert Kubica Sauber-BMW 1:20.891
11 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-BMW 1:21.437
12 5 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.440
13 14 David Coulthard RBR-Ferrari 1:21.163
14 15 Christian Klien RBR-Ferrari 1:22.027
15 1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.792
16 18 Tiago Monteiro MF1-Toyota 1:22.009
17 20 Vitantonio Liuzzi STR-Cosworth
18 10 Nico Rosberg Williams-Cosworth 1:22.084
19 22 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:22.967
20 21 Scott Speed STR-Cosworth 1:23.005
21 19 Christijan Albers MF1-Toyota 1:23.146
22 23 Sakon Yamamoto Super Aguri-Honda 1:24.016
Yep. Gonna be a fun race.
Sad to hear about Mark Webber out at Williams.
These are the final Q3 numbers, for the top 10 and the ones below that would be Q2. I'm not sure if this is the way it is done, but adding two seconds to the Q2 time of MS equals a 1:18.875 which is at least 7 tenths faster than Kimi.
Which means in the race that michael will be in the lead by the first pit stop if not before. To my mind this makes things slightly less exciting if it were not for what
was at one time a tight race for the lead and now appears that Renault is holding on for dear life, having lost all of it's advantage.
I got awful tired of watching Ferraris go round and round in the lead the past few years. The tire rule is maybe a start at getting parity vs bucks in F1. Adding ten more cars and drivers would also be a start, by adding traffic less experienced drivers, and upping the luck factor by a few points.
Nascar is still a much more exciting series IMHO even though I'll watch F1 before I'll spend more time than what it takes for the last ten laps of a Nascar race.
Hungarian Grand Prix - Starting lineup:
1) Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/McLaren-Mercedes/M), 1:19.599
2) Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari/B), 1:19.886
3) Rubens Barrichello (BRA/Honda/M), 1:20.085
4) Pedro de la Rosa (SPA/McLaren-Mercedes/M), 1:20.117
5) Mark Webber (AUS/Williams-Cosworth/B), 1:20.266
6) Ralf Schumacher (GER/Toyota/B), 1:20.759
7) Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA/Renault/M), 1:20.924
8) Jarno Trulli (ITA/Toyota/B), 1:21.132
9) Robert Kubica (POL/BMW Sauber/M), 1:22.049
10) Nick Heidfeld (GER/BMW Sauber/M), 1:20.623
11) Michael Schumacher (GER/Ferrari/B), 1:20.875
12) David Coulthard (SCO/Red Bull-Ferrari/M), 1:20.890
13) Christian Klien (AUT/Red Bull-Ferrari/M), 1:21.207
14) Jenson Button (ENG/Honda/M), 1:20.092*
15) Fernando Alonso (SPA/Renault/M), 1:21.364
16) Tiago Monteiro (POR/MF1-Toyota/B), 1:23.767
17) Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA/Toro Rosso-Cosworth/M), 1:22.068
18) Nico Rosberg (GER/Williams-Cosworth/B), 1:22.084
19) Scott Speed (USA/Toro Rosso-Cosworth/M), 1:22.317
20) Takuma Sato (JAP/Super Aguri-Honda/B), 1:22.967
21) Sakon Yamamoto (JAP/Super Aguri-Honda/B), 1:24.016
22) Christijan Albers (HOL/MF1-Toyota/B), 1:23.146*
Does anyone know what happened to Schumi in qualifications?
I'm really bad, I know.
Exactly why I made a FULL pot of coffee. There's nothing like a Sunday morning F1 race and I think this one could be the race of the year.
I hope there is no pile up on the first corner???
Well, now that the race is won, your prediction was entirely true. What a crazy race.
Only four cars completed all 70-laps in an incident filled race that saw action from the outset all the way through to the penultimate lap.Man I wish I had SpeedVision.
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