Hungary F1 Qualifying Roundup: Massa Out Of the Weekend

Before round one of qualifying for F1’s Hungarian Grand Prix even started Williams announced lead driver Felipe Massa would sit out the remainder of the weekend. Massa is reportedly suffering from extreme nausea while in the car but was cleared to drive, he made the call however to not race. Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta has handed in his Sky Sports microphone this weekend for his race helmet.

Q1- Vettel Leads, Williams Tanks

Both McLaren’s and both Renault’s were in the Top 10! Incredible result for those two teams even though Q1 means as much as that tee-ball trophy your mom still has. ¬†Other than that the session went off without a hitch. Pretty straight forward session that saw only Danil Kvyat spin at the end of the session, he didn’t hit anything and was able to continue on by blocking Perez as he rejoined the track. Danil gonna Danil.

Paul di Resta will start 19th after jumping in Felipe Massa’s car. The scot hasn’t been in a current F1 car in awhile, only tested a 2014 car recently. For a guy with no practice in the car to only be .7 off his full season teammate is really good. Magnussen and Haas continued to struggle in what they called their “worst weekend ever as a team.”

Q3- Lewis Hamilton The Fastest Man In Hungary

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap ever around the Hungaroring displacing the previous best set by Rubens Barrichello in the F2004 Ferrari during the V10 era. Only to have Lewis Hamilton beat that by .109 seconds so now Lewis is the fastest man in Hungarian history since Hitler and the Nazis did some barstorming back in ’44. Funny, Lewis is 44 and that happened in ’44. ¬†McLaren put both cars in the Top 10 again! This means a little more than Q1, about as much as those boy scout badges you worked so hard for. Actually more than that, they’re guaranteed at least 9th and 10th on the grid and for them that’s a win. Both Force India cars were eliminated in a pretty uneventful session. Jolyon Palmer mussed Q3 just barely, that would have been huge for that kid who is constantly rumored to be replaced every weekend.

Q3- Vettel Fastest, Ferrari On The Front Row

Vettel set an even faster time which is much more suiting for Hungarian history. A German is the fast man in town, you get it. Vettel was a full 2.2 seconds faster than the 2004 track record around the track. Hamilton had a big off at the fast turn 4, the car stepped out but he caught it with the help of the run off area.

With 2:40 to go in the session everyone went out but no on could touch Vettel as he claimed the pole. Ferrari locked out the front row pushing the Mercedes back to row 2 and the Red Bull’s back to row 3. Alonso will start 8th, on speed with no grid penalties. Times are changing over in Woking and maybe, just maybe the 2018 McLaren can contend for podiums if they find some bottom end speed.

Tomorrow’s race should be an interesting one. Can Ferrari go into the summer break with momentum? Will Mercedes respond? Could Red Bull ruin the party? Will Alonso be able to work some magic?

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