Hungary quali

Today’s qualifying was something of a shambles right at the end, when the timing screens went down and no one knew who’d put in the fastest lap. ‘I got a 1’21.5,’ said Fernando Alonso. ‘What did you get?’

I actually thought it was quite an exciting way to find out who was the quickest, with the drivers having to ask each other who’d done what times.

Maybe Bernie Ecclestone had done it on purpose, to improve the show?

But what we do know now, is that Alonso has scored his first pole of the year, ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.

This means bad things for the Brawn GP squad, with Jenson Button only managing seventh and his teammate Rubens Barrichello not making it into the top 10.

Jenson will have a hard struggle from 7th, but they held his car in the garage till the latest possible time to check that his suspension was OK, after Rubens’ broke out on the track.

Which in turn lead to an accident for Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who got struck on the helmet by Rubens’ missing piece of suspension.

A chilling reminder of the fatal accident of Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees only last weekend.

The signs are good though that Massa is OK, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be fighting fit for the race tomorrow.

As it stands it looks like Alonso will make the most of his pole, and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton – 4th on tomorrow’s grid – will be looking to use all of his KERS off the line again to fight up the front.

Let’s hope he does so with a bit less aggression than the last race though eh?

So come on the, who’s going to win?

UPDATE: It was so confusing that I thought Jenson had finished 7th, but actually he’s 8th. Check BBC Sport’s now official list.

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Massa’s accident looks REALLY bad. Pic here (www.oglobo.com.br). His skull is cracked right over the left eye.

He is in an induced coma and with a respirator through the night. The doctors are saying that it is very likely that he has brain damage.

Best wishes and prayers for him and all of his family. I hope he recovers fully.

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@52 – Nobody will drive a second ferrari in Hungary. For a driver to be able to participate in a GP, he needs to be part of at least one practice session.

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Good luck massa, kimi win for him!

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Will be between Webber and Button… but looks like team McLaren/Hamilton has got something good going and may surprise us.

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This timing clock thing was great. I loved it. You can hear attitudes on the grid with this. Especially with Alonso asking Lewis for his time. That was just inspired. I wish this timing screen failure is an often site in the F1 paddock so that it makes F1 more fun, more speculative and less predictable.

Bernie you reading this…?

Massa ouch mate…

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I wish Felipe a full and speedy recovery. What a freak accident! After poor Surtees and now this action must be taken to prevent this type of occurrence. As to Massa’s (hopefully) temporary replacement, who knows?

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nasty injury on massa.

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First of all I hope that Felipe fully recovers from this nasty accident and will be able to race again very soon.
My prediction for the race, Hamilton knocks himself and the Red Bulls out in the first corner ( he has a special talent for that) and Alonso wins, Button second, Glock third (on’t put your money on that)

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I hope Felipe is getting better, he’s a great guy and It’s great to watch him race!

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@tak

how wud they giv alonso a trial run wen alonso is driving for renault.

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Shame regulations alow someone to go for pole pure due to fuelload, hope they change that too for next yr, along with the ugly wings.

Hope Massa gets well soon and hope he won´t suffer enduring troubles.

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speedy recovery massa……hopefully he will not be missing from the Ferrari for too long

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would be great if Schumacher stepped up as a replacement in Massas absence…..pigs will fly first unfortunately

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hopefully this could set the stage for an epic battle between hamilton and alonso

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go hamilton

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Hamilton won!

Good to see him back on top. Just what the poor guy needed.

Well done, Lewis.

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HAMILTON KICKED THEIR ASSES!

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About time Hammy!!! Show them who the champ is!!! Hahaha, Well Done!!

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what with that tragic Surtees accident last week and now Massa, I have to ask – why not make f1/2 closed cockpit? It would help absorb some of the energy if it by stray springs/wheels AND would help the aerodynamics even more. When you look at the beautifully sculpted bodywork, its spoiled by the whacking great hole in the middle – almost like a jet fighter with the canopy open.

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It was funny when Renault botched a pit stop for Fernando Alonso and his wheel cane off. That could cause a fatal repeat of the Henry Surtees accident if a car was sitting off the track. It serves them right. They won’t be racing until Spa in 5 weeks time.

That accident for Felipe Massa was horrific. 2 fractures in his skull. It looked really bad. Thank God this wasn’t the 1960s. I hope he gets better and best wishes for the Massa family.

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  !!!!!!!!!!!!
YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Finally he wins a Grand Prix in 2009. He has one the first race for a KERS car.

Kimi Raikonnen needs to be penalised with his wreckless driving causing Adrian Sutil to finish out the points when he quailed 7th at the Nurburgring and then causing Sebastien Vettle to retire at Hungary.

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