It was another wild weekend of F1 qualifying – this time at the Hungarian GP, which saw Lewis Hamilton’s repeat World Drivers’ Championship dreams go up in literal smoke as his Mercedes AMG Hybrid caught fire during Q1, relegating the 2008 WDC to the back of the starting grid. For the second week in a row.
That wasn’t the worst of it for former WDCs, however. Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 WDC and much-vaunted “savior” of Ferrari’s Constructors’ Championship hopes failed to make it out of Q1, out-qualified, as he was, by the back-marking Marussia of Jules Bianchi. The same Jules Bianchi who, it should be noted, drove Kimi’s Ferrari in testing while the Finn was recovering from his nasty crash at Silverstone earlier in the season.
Raikkonen’s humiliation at the hands of Bianchi has fueled rumors that he may oust the Finn from his seat at Ferrari. Or – perhaps, more likely – replace double WDC Fernando Alonso, who is rumored to be headed to Honda in 2015.
Further up the pack, four-time WDC Sebastian Vettel powered ahead of the field to put in what looked like a solid pole with seconds left to go on a moistening track. In the end, however, it was Rosberg who secured the pole as rain began to fall on the last corner. It was a thrilling drive from Rosberg, who went purple (fastest time of the day) in each of the track’s 3 timed sectors to beat Vettel’s time. Still, Rosberg’s supposedly dominant Mercedes was less than 3 tenths ahead of Vettel’s Red Bull – which leads me to believe that tomorrow’s Formula 1 Hungarian GP is going to be a thriller!
You can see how the qualifying session played out for everyone else, below. As you watch the start of the Hungarian GP tomorrow morning, be sure to watch for Hamilton and Raikkonen to charge through the pack like they have something to prove – because they do. Enjoy!
|Driver No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||2|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||4|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||9|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||13|
Source | Images: Formula 1.