It’s not just the Olympics for Team GB: Hamilton goes fastest in Hungary

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

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No one was gonna steal this pole from Hamilton. Only rain can save Alonso now I think. Would be nice to see Kimi or Grosjean on the podium again. Or even the Williams.
Redbull have a fast car too, just not as dependable now as the McLaren looks, so over the race it is likely that something will go wrong for them.
Good thing the championship is going to get mixed up again, no one should run away with points. Keep the season interesting.

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B Senna is doing really well in the practices and qualifying this weekend, I am hoping he gets a podium sometime.

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@120y: hello, alonso qualifies on pole in the wet and wins the race in the dry!

@bloodmuffins: senna, if he wants a podium, has to put in as much an effort as maldonaldo, because maldonaldo was repaid for his efforts with a win in spain.

as for qualifying, i am happy to see mclaren back on top again, though you’ve got to admit grosjean was incredible, he’s 2nd! lotus also starting to become a competitive frontrunner.

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*unfamiliarly

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@BloodMuffins- I’m sure he’ll do it, Senna might have been slow but steady (and this is coming from a supporter of his) but a qualy result in the top 10 could be the jolt he needs to work hard. I admit, Maldonado did brilliantly to win in Spain, but he’s gone downhill since, not scoring since Spain whereas Senna has.

C’mon Lewis and Jenson, keep the British end up for tomorrow! We might not’ve won gold today (as I write this) but a British win before the August break will be a morale boost for us!

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I’d like to see Kimi take this one, his Renault-powered ( Lotus ) F1 car looked outstanding.

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great day for mclaren and the red bull are involved in more rows over the legality of the suspension on their car.what the hell,this a week after the major engine mapping problems.unfortunately if red bull feel though they need to break the rules to be competitive then they,frankly, should not be in the sport and it would be better without cheating smug whinging cocky flaming idiots

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VETTELS A MASSIVE CRYBABY,THATS AT LEAST THE THIRD BREAK OF THE RULES THEYVE DONE AND VETTELS SMUG WHEN HE WINS AND COCKY ABOUT HIS CHANCES EVERY WEEK!. example,he said the mapping thing would make no difference. TRUST ME MATE,ITS CLEARLY MADE A HELL OF A LOT OF DIFFERENCE YOU STUPID FOOL!. and for good measure hes called hamilton stupid and karthikeyan an idiot. you know why it is dont ya,its because hes had a terrible season compared to 2011,hes only what,third?! in the world championship and hes STILL NEWBIES GET THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! only actually won once when this time last year he had won seven times and he has to start from pole because im not saying he cant mix it lower front end but he simply cannot win from anywhere else clearly as where alonso in valencia won from 11th and 8th in malaysia just this year.he couldnt even convert pole! into a win at canada because hamilton who won it had a better car and he cant cope with people having a better car then him because it hasnt happened since mid 2009 for gods sake!

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Thank you for enlightening us Formuladude (I completely agree with you, by the way).

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for once i have a person who sees what i see

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*there is,should i say

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That Mc is looking very fast, they’ve definitely improved it a lot. It looks like it is their race to lose, this is definitely a golden opportunity for Ham (probably the best car with good weather forecast). Can the team deliver? Good laps from Lotus-Ren guys, possibly a new winner this week? Massa too, good stuff from him being so close to Alonso. Double Williams in Q3 too, very good job there. Unfortunate for Mercedes. FI are looking more consistent. Shame for Sauber.

If it’s down to tyres, Mc’s aren’t looking good given what happened (e.g. Button being (historically) good on them losing them last race). Hopefully it’s entertaining!

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