Did we hear McLaren were working with Team GB cycling? While it was all going wrong on the roads around London and Surrey, it was all going just perfectly on the the Hungaroring for Team GB’s unofficial F1 team.
Lewis Hamilton has of recent rarely appeared as in charge of his game as he did today. He looked just about guaranteed to bag pole position as Q3 started. He’d breezed in with two sets of softs left over, so beautifully composed, so obviously holding back speed had he been in Q1 and Q3. Sure enough, he nailed it with ease, with nearly half a second over Romain Grosjean who will start from the front row. Jenson Button will start fourth, having endured a slightly more frantic qualifying.
But that doesn’t matter. McLaren have rediscovered the MP4-27s pace. A good haul tomorrow and a good team performance – don’t forget just how far behind in the championship JB finds himself – and McLaren will have set up a blinding second half to the season, the first part of which closes tomorrow.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso starts sixth, which is, let us not forget about as fast as the Ferrari can go (Massa starts right behind). Championship chaser Mark Webber didn’t make the cut, both he and Sebastian Vettel having endured yet another uncomfortable session. Oh yes, as Jenson Button has been saying all week, the Mac is the car to beat again.
Raikkonen starts ahead of Alonso, with the two Williams of Maldonado and Senna and the solitary Force India of Hulkenberg fleshing out the top ten.
It’s the last race for a month now and let’s face it, it’s not the only sporting event happening right. But if the Brits can sneak a win in Hungary, it’s only going to add to the feelgood factor enveloping the country this weekend…
The top 10: HAM, GRO, VET, BUT, RAI, ALO, MAS, MAL, SEN, HUL