Vettel returns to his favourite grid position in Hungary

Posted on July 30, 2011


Sebastian Vettel has returned to his familiar pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel is focused on returning to his earlier dominance. Credit: Red Bull/Getty

The champion’s Red Bull mechanics worked through the night to correct a set up which left the team struggling in Friday practice. But there was no sign of worries from Vettel as he posted a 1m 19.815s on his second Q3 run.

The German was run close by Lewis Hamilton. The McLaren driver will start second ahead of his team mate Jenson Button. The British pair have taken good Friday form and Hamilton’s win of a week ago to push themselves into a strong position.

Ferrari had an odd day, with Felipe Massa qualifying ahead of Fernando Alonso for the first time this year. But the most disappointed of the front runners will be Mark Webber. The Australian never looked like having the pace today and he came home sixth.

It’s an intriguing grid, especially with unpredictable weather forecast. Traditionally this circuit generates limited overtaking, thiugh we have seen that proved wrong more than once this year. The super soft tyres will be fragile in dry conditions and strategy will be key tomorrow.

But Vettel is never better than when leading from the front. If he gets off the line tomorrow, his rivals will find him difficult to catch.