It looks like Red Bull has bounced back after losing to Ferrari last week in Germany with the Prancing Horse’s 1-2 victory. Sebastian Vettel and his team clinched yet another pole position, which is Vettel’s seventh of the season and the team’s sixth front row lock down, thanks to Mark Webber’s second place. The Red Bull was clearly the quicker team this weekend with Ferrari following closely behind. Championship leader McLaren is pretty much concentrating on damage limitations with it’s recent lack of performance.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who was ‘handed’ a race win last week will start tomorrow’s Hungarian GP in third place while team mate Felipe Massa who returns after a horrific crash last time around secured fourth place. Lewis Hamilton from McLaren finished in fifth ahead of Nico Rosberg from Mercedes. The Renault duo of Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov managed seventh and eight places while the final top two positions went to Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg.
We have two World Champions outside of the top ten. Down in 11th is Jenson Button for McLaren while the man who did it seven times only managed 14th. Yet again Schumacher was outperformed by his younger countryman and has revealed earlier that he needs time to improve and also said that he aims to collect his eight championship title next year. It was also said that his Mercedes race car was specially developed for Jenson Button but the Brit made a last minute switch to McLaren. Apparently Button preferred a car that understeers while Schumacher opts for something that is more pointy. If there is any substance behind this, we should see a marked improvement in Shuey’s performance next year.
Virgin Racing has something to celebrate about today. Timo Glock was the fastest driver among the new teams with his 19th place, out-qualifying the both the Lotus drivers. This is the third time the German came out in front of the Lotuses. Heikki Kovalainen is 20th with team mate Jarno Trulli is 21st. Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi settled with 22nd while the final two positions went to the Hispania drivers: Bruno Senna and Sakon Yamamoto. Will Ferrari give Red Bull a good fight tomorrow, at a circuit that is difficult to overtake in? We will see!