Hamilton On Pole with Red Bull Controversy (again)

Lewis Hamilton ran a spectacular lap to take pole at the Hungaroring ahead of the Hungarian GP tomorrow.  He was the only driver to drop below the 1:21 mark, facing no serious threat from his competitors.  Sharing the front row will be Lotus’ Romain Grosjean.  Full results below:

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Romain Grosjean
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Jenson Button
  5. Kimi Raikkonen
  6. Fernando Alonso
  7. Felipe Massa
  8. Pastor Maldonado
  9. Bruno Senna
  10. Nico Hulkenberg
  11. Mark Webber
  12. Paul di Resta
  13. Nico Rosberg
  14. Sergio Perez
  15. Kamui Kobayashi
  16. Jean Eric Vergne
  17. Michael Schumacher
  18. Daniel Ricciardo
  19. Heikki Kovalainen
  20. Vitaly Petrov
  21. Charles Pic
  22. Timo Glock
  23. Pedro de la Rosa
  24. Narain Karthikeyan

The real action of the session centered around Q2 when the Mercedes cars and Mark Webber were knocked out.  The session was incredibly tight, with 1st to 14th separated by only 8ths of a second.  From 2nd to 14th, the field was separated by only 4 tenths.  That was how dominant Hamilton was, leading the field by around four tenths in each of the final two sessions.

In the midst of qualifying, Red Bull again found itself the subject of intense technical scrutiny, something about adjustable front ride height done by hand rather than tool.  The rules clearly state that a tool must be used and that no changes may be made in parc ferme.  Theoretically, if a tool is not needed, drivers or other team members could make adjustments without the FIA knowing.  Red Bull has denied that it has made any adjustments and says that while it is possible to make adjustments by hand, a tool is always used.  We’ll see what the FIA thinks of that argument come Sunday.

With rain in the forecast, we should be on for an interesting race!

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