F1 qualifying from Hungary in pictures

Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari leads the Championship coming into the Eni Hungarian F1 Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari leads the Championship coming into the Eni Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

Steve Sziklai and RacerViews is on location in Hungary for the Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend.  Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the Eni Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will be a vital race for the title.

The day in brief

Having dominated every practice and qualifying session bar Practice Three, Lewis Hamilton took a superb pole position – McLaren’s 150th – at the Hungaroring on Saturday afternoon. Hamilton set the pace throughout and saw Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel fail to beat his benchmark of 1m 21.260s.

The German managed 1m 21.416s, and that withstood attack from McLaren’s Jenson Button (1m 21.583s), Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m 21.730s) and Ferrari team mates Fernando Alonso (1m 21.844s) and Felipe Massa (1m 21.900s).

Just to rub it in, Hamilton then lowered his time to 1m 20.953s, and in the final seconds Romain Grosjean thrust his Lotus round in 1m 21.366s to push Vettel down a place into third.

Thus the final order up front was Hamilton, Grosjean; Vettel, Button; Raikkonen, Alonso; Massa, Williams’ Pastor Maldonado (1m 21.939s); Williams’ Bruno Senna (1m 22.343s), Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m 22.847s).

Steve was also at the TW Steel Watches media event and the Porsche Supercup race


Photos by Steve Sziklai, July 2012

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