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2009 WORLD champion Jenson Button (McLaren) won this season’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, the same track where he took hismaiden victory back in 2006 for Honda. This win was made even more special becausethis was Button’s 200th Grand Prix.

Button's second win in Hungary.

Mind out Jenson, you might break it.

Button once again proved he is the best driver on the grid in changeable conditions, but if his McLaren team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, was on the right tyres Button may not have had it all his own way. Hamilton ended up finishing back in fourth behind current championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who came second and third respectively.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber came fifth just over a second behind Hamilton, while Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was sixth and the last driver to complete the full 70 lap race distances.

The most dramatic moment of the race was when Nick Heidfeld’s Renault caught fire just before Turn 1 on lap 24 and then exploded, almost wiping out the marshal who was attempting to put the blaze out.

As far as I know he is okay.

Massa set the fastest lap of the race on lap 61 with a 1:23.415 (117.389-mph) tour.

Top 10 finishers of the XXVII Hungarian Grand Prix:

  1. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes), 70 laps, 1h:46m:42.337s @ 107.145-mph. 25 points.
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault), +3.588s. 18 points.
  3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), +19.819s. 15 points.
  4. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), +48.338s. 12 points.
  5. Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault), +49.742s. 10 points.
  6. Felipe Massa (Ferrari), +1m:23.176. 8 points.
  7. Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes), + 1 lap. 6 points, his best finish in F1.
  8. Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari), + 1 lap. 4 points, not bad from 23rd on the grid, plus this was Toro Rosso’s 100th Grand Prix.
  9. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), + 1 lap. 2 points, this was also Rosberg’s 100th Grand Prix.
  10. Jaime Alguersuari, (Toro Rosso-Ferrari), + 1 lap. 1 point.

 

I’m sorry for the lateness and shortness of this report, but my University placing hasn’t gone exactly to plan.

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP – After 11/19 Races.

Pos

Driver

Constructor

Points

Gap From 1st

1

Sebastian VETTEL (GER)

Red Bull

234

2

Mark WEBBER (AUS)

Red Bull

149

85

3

Lewis HAMILTON (ENG)

McLaren

146

88

4

Fernando ALONSO (ESP)

Ferrari

145

89

5

Jenson BUTTON (ENG)

McLaren

134

100

6

Felipe MASSA (BRA)

Ferrari

70

164

7

Nico ROSBERG (GER)

Mercedes

48

186

8

Nick HEIDFELD (GER)

Renault

34

200

9

Vitaly PETROV (RUS)

Renault

32

202

10

Michael SCHUMACHER (GER)

Mercedes

32

202

11

Kamui KOBAYASHI (JAP)

Sauber

27

207

12

Adrian SUTIL (GER)

Force India

18

216

13

Sébastien BUEMI (SWI)

Toro Rosso

12

222

14

Jamie ALGUERSUARI (ESP)

Toro Rosso

10

224

15

Sergio PÉREZ (MEX)

Sauber

8

226

16

Paul DI RESTA (SCO)

Force India

8

226

17

Rubens BARRICHELLO (BRA)

Williams

4

230

 

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP – After 11/19 Races.

Pos

Constructor

Engine

Points

Gap From 1st

1

RED BULL (AUT)

Renault

383

2

MCLAREN (ENG)

Mercedes

280

103

3

FERRARI (ITA)

Ferrari

215

168

4

MERCEDES (GER)

Mercedes

80

303

5

RENAULT (ENG)

Renault

66

317

6

SAUBER (SWI)

Ferrari

35

348

7

FORCE INDIA (IND)

Mercedes

26

357

8

TORO ROSSO (ITA)

Ferrari

22

361

9

WILLIAMS  (ENG)

Cosworth

4

379

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SEBASTIAN VETTEL (Red Bull) took the 23rd pole-position of his career in the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

The reigning world champion’s Q3 time of 1:19.815 (122.684-mph) was just quick enough to bump last weekend’s German Grand Prix winner, Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), into second place after the Englishman set a 1:19.978 on his first run, but couldn’t go faster on his second hot-lap.

Hamilton’s team-mate, Jenson Button, will start his 200th Grand Prix from third on the grid after setting a 1:20.024.

For the first time this season, Felipe Massa out-qualified his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso. Massa will start the race from fourth, Alonso fifth.

Sixth to tenth on the grid are: 6th) Mark Webber (Red Bull), 7th) Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), 8th) Adrian Sutil (Force India), 9th) Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and 10th) Sergio Pérez (Sauber) who didn’t set a time in Q3.

Q2 saw grid slots 11-17 filled by: 11th) Paul di Resta (Force India), 12th) Vitaly Petrov (Renault) in his de facto home Grand Prix, 13th) Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber), 14th) Nick Heidfeld (Renault), 15th) Rubens Barrichello (Williams), 16th) Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) and 17th) Pastor Maldonado (Williams) who also didn’t set a time.

The last seven places on the grid, 18-24, were decided in Q1. The drivers who will fill these placers are: 18th) Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus), 19th) the returning Jarno Trulli (Lotus), 20th) Timo Glock (Virgin), 21st) Vitantonio Liuzzi (HRT), 22nd) Daniel Ricciardo (HRT), 23rd) Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso) who actually qualified 18th (still failing to make it out of Q1) but has a five-place grid bump for causing the accident between himself and Heidfeld in Germany last Sunday, and 24th) Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Virgin) who’s time of 1:26.510 was nicely inside the 107% Rule time of 1:27.288.

With his pole today, Vettel is now tenth on the all-time list for most pole-positions in a career, and is one behind Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet – both three-time world champions. However, with a strike rate of 31.5%, Vettel is still way off the next man up who just so happens to be Ayrton Senna, who’s strike rate is 40.1%.

As for who is going to win tomorrow, I have a sneaky suspicion that Hamilton will win. That’s put the mockers on him you watch.

Previous winners of the Hungarian Grand Prix on the grid:

  • Michael Schumacher, four times (most wins of the Hungarian GP): 1994 (Benetton), 1998, 2001* and 2004 for Ferrari. *Schumacher won his fourth world title at this race and equalled Alain Prost’s then record of 51 wins.
  • Lewis Hamilton, twice: 2007 and 2009 for McLaren.
  • Rubens Barrichello, 2002 for Ferrari.
  • Fernando Alonso, 2003 for Renault. This was Alonso’s first win and made him (at 22 years and 26 days old) the youngest ever F1 winner at the time.
  • Jenson Button, 2006 for Honda. This was Button’s 113th Grand Prix and his maiden victory.
  • Heikki Kovalainen, 2008 for McLaren. This is Kovalainen’s only F1 win of his career so far. He also became the 100th driver to win a Grand Prix.
  • Mark Webber, 2010 for Red Bull. This is the last race that Webber has won.