Force India Formula One - Hungaroring qualifying
2008 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report
Adrian Sutil (car 20, VJM01/02):
FP3: 20th 1:22.550 (23 laps)
Q1: 20th 1:22.113 (10 laps)
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21, VJM01/05):
FP3: 19th 1:22.189 (22 laps)
Q1: 19th 1:21.670 (9 laps)
The Force India Formula One Team will start tomorrow's Hungarian Grand Prix with Giancarlo Fisichella in 19th position and Adrian Sutil in 20th following a tight qualifying session at a scorching Hungaroring.
The duo completed three runs each in the first 20 minute segment of Qualifying, and pushed hard to improve on the earlier morning practice session's form. Despite the back-row positions, their respective times were both within one second of 10th position, notwithstanding the return to the standard configuration gearbox.
The team will now look to make up places in the 70 lap race tomorrow, which is due to start at 14:00hrs local time.
Adrian Sutil (car 20)
'It was a hot, tough qualifying and I am not 100% happy with the session. The tyres did not behave as we expected and I had lots of graining, which meant we couldn't get a good balance out of the car.
I decided to run the harder set of tyres in the end for my fastest lap, but at least I didn't get the effects of the graining with them. Overall I'm not that happy, but let's see what happens tomorrow.'
Giancarlo Fisichella (car 21)
'Conditions today were tough but actually that was the maximum we could do. The target was to do a 1min 21.7 or 21.8 and we did a 21.6 so that was the most we could get out of the car.
The balance was not too bad, but unfortunately the grip level is still very poor. I think we're not particularly quick round here and we have to accept that, but we are still quite close we are to the others.'
Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer
'I think we expected to slip back a bit from our closest rivals due to not running the seamless shift, and that proved to be the case. Giancarlo pretty much got the most out of it he could, but unfortunately Adrian couldn't get a decent lap together so was a way off his optimum time.
We know our race pace is better than our qualifying pace and although this makes life difficult at this track, we have to get two cars to the end and do a professional job.'
Dr. Vijay Mallya, chairman and managing director
'It would be very easy to say we're on the back row again, but we've been eliminated from Q1 with a BMW, a Honda and a Williams, so clearly this is a very competitive field here yet again. One second from the top 10 shows we're getting closer.
Although we have had to revert back to the standard shift box for the weekend, we are very optimistic about running the seamless shift gearbox and look forward to actually racing it in Valencia.'
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FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2008
1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.376 1:19.473 1:20.899 12
2 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.945 1:19.480 1:21.140 16
3 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.578 1:19.068 1:21.191 16
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FORMULA 1 ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2008
1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.228 14
2 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.567 0.339 14
3 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:20.623 0.395 21
4 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.657 0.429 15
5 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:20.917 0.689 21
6 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:21.09 weiter >>
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Lewis Hamilton MP4-23 07
Heikki Kovalainen MP4-23 05
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Sébastien Bourdais (STR3-01)
"Not too bad today. This morning was the first time I have driven here since the track configuration was changed, so I was finding out what it's like in a Formula 1 car. That went okay. This afternoon it was the usual programme of evaluating the tyres with different fuel loads.
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F Massa: 1:20.981K Raikkonen: 1: 21.345H Kovalainen: 1:121.410
L Hamilton: 1:20.554N Piquet: 1:20.748H Kovalainen: 1:20.760
N ROSBERG FW30-05 / H328 1:23.147 (16th) 21 LAPS 1:21.581 (10th) 34 LAPS
K NAKAJIMA FW30-04 / H323 1:23.274 (17th) 22 LAPS 1:21.902 (14th) 33 L weiter >>
ING MAGYAR NAGYDIJ 2008
1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.554 35
2 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:20.748 0.194 38
3 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.760 0.206 33
4 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:20.928 0.374 35
5 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.009 0.455 36
6 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.010 0.456 weiter >>
1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.981 19
2 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.345 0.364 21
3 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.410 0.429 17
4 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.535 0.554 18
5 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:21.802 0.821 18
6 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:21.931 0.950 22
7 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:22.267 1.286 18 weiter >>
1 - 3 August 2008
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DAVID COULTHARD, (Finish Position 11th, Start Position: 10th)
"It was very inconsistent between sets of tyres out on track, so it was difficult to judge our out and out performance. Other than that, there wasn't too much to report from this race."
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Fernando Alonso MP4-22 06
Lewis Hamilton MP4-22 05
T-car MP4-22 04
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2007 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - SATURDAY
"I think that in common with a lot of other people, we are finding that the soft tyres are struggling a lot to finish more than half the lap in good condition. So it is always a gamble to get to the end of the lap in good shape.
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
FP3: 21st 1:23.560 (22 laps)
Q1: 21st 1:22.737 (9 laps)
Sakon Yamamoto (car 21, F8-VII/04):
FP3: 22nd 1:24.062 (24 laps)
Q1: 22nd 1:23.774 (7 laps)
Weather: Highs of 26 C ambient / 35 C track. Hot and sunny throughout.
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1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.425 1:19.661 1:19.674 17
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.570 1:19.301 1:19.781 17
3 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:20.751 1:20.322 1:20.259 22
4 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.435 1:20.107 1:20.410 19
5 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:20.547 1:20.188 1:20.632 22
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1 5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:20.183 15
2 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.414 0.231 11
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.461 0.278 11
4 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:20.565 0.382 18
5 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.741 0.558 15
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Fernando Alonso MP4-22 06
Lewis Hamilton MP4-22 05
T-car MP4-22 04
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2007 HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX - FRIDAY 03/08/07
Our new driver, Sebastian Vettel seen enjoying lunch with the team earlier today.
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2007 Hungarian Grand Prix Free Practice Report
Adrian Sutil (car 20, F8-VII/03):
FP1: 21st 1:26.332 (29 laps)
FP2: 21st 1:23.673 (34 laps)
Sakon Yamamoto (car 21, F8-VII/04):
FP1: 22nd 1:28.118 (30 laps)
FP2: 22nd 1:26.307 (29 laps)
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Hungarian Grand Prix - Free Practice Round-Up
Friday 3 August 2007
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Hungarian Grand-Prix 2007
1 1 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.919 29
2 4 Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1:21.283 0.364 39
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.338 0.419 32
4 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:21.485 0.566 40
5 9 Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:21.517 0.598 37
6 6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.589 0.670 29