Kamis, 26 Juli 2012

Formula One - Hungarian Grand Prix Preview 26-07-2012

Date: Sunday, July 29th
Start Time: 8 a.m. (ET)
Site: Hungaroring (1986) -- Budapest, Hungary
Track: 4.381 km (2.722 miles), 14-turn road course
Laps: 70
Miles: 190.540 (306.630 km)
Capacity: 120,000
Total purse:
Year: 27th
On TV: Speed Channel
On Radio:
Race record: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 35 min., 26.131 sec.)
Qualifying record: Rubens Barrichello, 2002 (1 minute, 13.333 seconds)


Defending champion: Jenson Button
Runner up: Sebastian Vettel
Pole winner: Sebastian Vettel (1:19.815)
Top 10:
1. Jenson Button (Start: 3)
2. Sebastian Vettel (1)
3. Fernando Alonso (5)
4. Lewis Hamilton (2)
5. Mark Webber (6)
6. Felipe Massa (4)
7. Paul di Resta (11)
8. Sebastien Buemi (23)
9. Nico Rosberg (7)
10. Jaime Alguersuari (16)
Average speed: 172.416 k.p.h.
Time of race: 1 hour, 46 minutes, 42.337 seconds
Margin of victory: 3.588 seconds
Caution flags:
Lead changes:


2011 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, 172.416 k.p.h./1:46:42.337
2010 Mark Webber, Red Bull Renault, 181.989 k.p.h./1:41:5.571
2009 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 186.973 k.p.h./1:38:23.876
2008 Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes, 188.790 kph/1:37:27.067
2007 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, 191.897 k.p.h./1:35:52.991
2006 Jenson Button, Honda, 163.773 k.p.h./1:52:20.941
2005 Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren-Mercedes, 188.859 k.p.h./1:37:25.552
2004 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 192.798 k.p.h./1:35:26.131
2003 Fernando Alonso, Renault, 185.810 k.p.h./1:39:01.460
2002 Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 1:41:49.001
2001 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:41:49.675
2000 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:45:33.869
1999 Mika Hakkinen, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:46:23.536
1998 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:45:25.550
1997 Jacques Villeneuve, Williams-Renault, 1:45:47.149
1996 Jacques Villeneuve, Williams-Renault, 1:46:21.134
1995 Damon Hill, Williams-Renault, 1:46:25.721
1994 Michael Schumacher, Benetton-Ford, 1:48:00.185
1993 Damon Hill, Williams-Renault, 1:47:39.09
1992 Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda, 1:46:19.216
1991 Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda, 1:49:12.796
1990 Thierry Boutsen, Williams-Renault, 1:49:30.597
1989 Nigel Mansell, Ferrari, 1:49:38.650
1988 Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda, 1:57:47.081
1987 Nelson Piquet, Williams-Honda, 1:59:26.793
1986 Nelson Piquet, Williams-Honda, 2:00:34.508


Race: German Grand Prix (July 22nd)
Site: Hockenheimring -- Hockenheim, Germany
Miles: 190.4 (306.458 km)
Laps: 67
Finish line order: Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Kamui Kobayashi, Sebastian Vettel
Time of Race: 1 hour, 31 minutes, 5.862 seconds
Average speed: 201.843 k.p.h.
Margin of victory: 6.949 seconds
Caution flags:
Lead changes:
Lap leaders:


#1 Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Renault/Red Bull
#2 Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia) Renault/Red Bull
#3 * Jenson Button (Frome, England) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
#4 Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
#5 Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari/Scuderia
#6 Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Ferrari/Scuderia
#7 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
#8 Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
#9 Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Renault/Lotus
#10 Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Renault/Lotus
#11 Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland) Mercedes/Force India
#12 Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Mercedes/Force India
#14 Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan) Ferrari/Sauber
#15 Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Ferrari/Sauber
#16 Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
#17 Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
#18 Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Renault/Williams
#19 Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Renault/Williams
#20 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault/Caterham
#21 Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia) Renault/Caterham
#22 Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain) Cosworth/HRT
#23 Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India) Cosworth/HRT
#24 Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany) Cosworth/Marussia
#25 Charles Pic (Montelimar, France) Cosworth/Marussia


Jenson Button10th5th5thWon21st12th7th8thWon
Sebastian Vettel16th20th17th3rd2nd
Fernando AlonsoWon3rd11th14th4th4th18th2nd3rd
Lewis HamiltonWon5thWon20th4th
Mark Webber6th10th7th20th9th9th3rdWon5th
Felipe Massa19th14th7th13th17th4th6th
Nico Rosberg17th7th14th4th22nd9th
Pastor Maldonado16th
Michael Schumacher8thWon2nd8th11th22nd
Kimi Raikkonen2nd20thWon15th2nd3rd2nd
Romain Grosjean


Currently seventh on the points list, Jenson Button raced to victory last year at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he defeated Sebastian Vettel by 3.588 seconds. The victory was one of three wins in 2012 for Button, who finished last season's championship in second place.
Benson celebrated his 200th career Formula One start in impressive fashion, as he posted his 11th career title. His first F1 came victory in the 2006 Hungarian GP, a race also affected by rain.
With wet track conditions at the beginning of the 70-lap race, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel started on pole and led the first four laps before he slid wide off course and allowed Button's teammate, Lewis Hamilton, to overtake him for the top position. Hamilton ran in front for a majority of the race at the Hungaroring, but as the rain intensified in the late-stages, Hamilton spun around, and Button assumed the lead and took command of the race.
2012 points leader Fernando Alonso is the driver to beat this week, as he has posted a great mark at the halfway point of the season. Alonso has finished 1st, 2nd and 1st the last three races and has 10 top-10s in as many starts. His lead over Mark Webber for the championship has reached 34 points.
Webber capitalized on pit strategy and benefited from a mistake made by his Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastian Vettel to win the 2010 running of this race.
Webber grabbed the lead when Vettel, the pole sitter, and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pitted early in the 70-lap race. Then Vettel's drive-through penalty for a safety-car rule infringement helped Webber gain a sizeable lead over Alonso, who moved up to second. Vettel ran third after serving his penalty.
With a near 24-second lead over Alonso, Webber finally pitted on lap 44. The Australian went on to finish almost 18 seconds ahead of Alonso for his fourth victory of that season and the sixth of his F1 career. Webber's win total has now reached nine with two additional wins this season and one in 2011.
After a lackluster start to his 2009 season, Lewis Hamilton regained his form at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he cruised to a whopping, 11.529 seconds win over Kimi Raikkonen for his 10th career Formula One title. Hamilton finished second the following week and then added another title in Singapore, as he finished fifth in F1 points that year. Hamilton won in Canada back in June and now owns 18 career titles.
Felipe Massa dominated the race in 2008, but it was his late-race misfortune that led the way for McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen to score his first career Formula One victory at the Hungaroring. Kovalainen's first F1 victory came in his 27th grand prix entry.
Lewis Hamilton led all 70 laps to win the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton, a rookie on the circuit that year, finished 0.715 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for his third of four wins in 2007.
In 2006, Jenson Button dodged rain drops and pools of water to register his first career Formula One title. It took 113 races, but Button was able to cross the finish line 30.8 seconds ahead of Pedro de la Rosa. Pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish due to an accident and placed 15th.
The Hungaroring is built 12 miles northeast of Budapest, and is set in a natural Amphitheater, as the track starts on one side, goes down into a valley before going down the far side, then turning and coming back in the opposite direction. Overtaking is virtually impossible here, as the track is narrow, with many slow corners. Hungaroring has hosted this race since it began in 1986. The track features 13 turns and offers excellent natural viewing embankments. It's location, close to the border with Germany, enables fans from all over Europe to attend.
In 2005, Kimi Raikkonen won the fourth of his seven titles that year, as he crossed the finish line a whopping 35.581 seconds ahead of pole sitter Michael Schumacher.
1986 saw Nelson Piquet win the inaugural race after beating arch rival, Ayrton Senna, in a close battle. He won again the following year, after Nigel Mansell was forced to forfeit the victory due to a loose wheel nut, with only 6 laps remaining.
Damon Hill won his first Grand Prix victory here in 1993, and in 1994, Michael Schumacher raced his Benetton to the win for the teams' maiden Hungaroring victory. Damon Hill won again in '95, and came in second in '96, behind teammate Jacques Villeneuve. The pole sitter has captured 11 of the 26 previous races, including five of the last 11 years. The winner of this race has come from a top-five starting position in every race but two (1989, 2006).
Formula One teams take its "summer vacation" during the month of August before returning to action with the September 2nd running of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium. Sebastian Vettel is the defending race winner.

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