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2008 Hungarian Grand Prix

ING Magyar Nagydij

Sunday, August 3, 2008
Hot, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
Raikkonen, 1m21.195
2008 season:

After the excitements of the British and German Grands Prix, the Hungarian GP got off to a comparatively sedate start. Indeed a very quiet start when you look back to this time last year when Alonso decided he had had enough of the way McLaren was treating him and went down an avenue from which he could never return. Thankfully the racing was of more interest than any of the politics hovering around the sport at the moment, and almost all drivers completed the first two practices without incident. Vettel, after being confirmed as partner to Red Bull’s Mark Webber next season, had little chance to show why so many think so highly of him however, as his car came to a halt early on in both Friday sessions in exactly the same place. At the sharp end of the grid the McLaren looked the faster car throughout Friday and Saturday, even though the Ferraris finished with a one-two in the opening session, as both Hamilton and Kovalainen went faster and faster as the track rubbered in. After his podium finish in Germany Piquet also looked to be on good form setting quick times in both P2 and P3, out-pacing his team-mate in each session. Both the Renaults made it through to Q3, with Alonso finishing 7th on the grid and Piquet 10th. Hamilton set a blistering time in Q3, even after a small mistake early on in the lap and finished with a time of 1:20.899, leaving him 0.241 seconds clear of team-mate Kovalainen. With the two McLarens on the front row, Massa 3rd and Räikkönen down in 6th, things were going well for Hamilton. “Yeah, so far it has been a pretty decent weekend,” he commented after qualifying. “The team have done a great job in improving the car again, even from the last race and so the pace of our car is great and I think it is a great day to have me and Heikki one two.”