Formula One

Formula One - Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 31st
SITE: Hungaroring (1986) -- Budapest, Hungary
TRACK: 4.381 km (2.722 miles), 14-turn road course
CAPACITY: 120,000
ANNUAL: 26th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Mark Webber
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 70
MILES: 190.540 (306.630 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Rubens Barrichello, 2002 (1 minute, 13.333 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 35 min., 26.131 sec.)
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Mark Webber26Nico Hulkenberg10
2Fernando Alonso37Pedro de la Rosa9
3Sebastian Vettel18Jenson Button11
4Felipe Massa49Kamui Kobayashi23
5Vitaly Petrov710Rubens Barrichello12
2010 Hungarian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 181.989 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 5.571 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 17.821 seconds
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel, 1:22.362, Lap 70
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:18.773)
Past Hungarian Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Mark Webber (2nd) -- Red Bull Renault -- 181.989 k.p.h./1:41:5.571
2009 -- Lewis Hamilton (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 186.973 k.p.h./1:38:23.876
2008 -- Heikki Kovalainen (2nd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 188.790 kph/1:37:27.067
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 191.897 k.p.h./1:35:52.991
2006 -- Jenson Button (14th) -- Honda -- 163.773 k.p.h./1:52:20.941
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (4th) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 188.859 k.p.h./1:37:25.552
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 192.798 k.p.h./1:35:26.131
2003 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 185.810 k.p.h./1:39:01.460
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:49.001
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:49.675
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (3rd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:45:33.869
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:46:23.536
1998 -- Michael Schumacher (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:45:25.550
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:45:47.149
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve (3rd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:46:21.134
1995 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:46:25.721
1994 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Benetton-Ford -- 1:48:00.185
1993 -- Damon Hill (2nd) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:47:39.09
1992 -- Ayrton Senna (3rd) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:46:19.216
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:49:12.796
1990 -- Thierry Boutsen (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:49:30.597
1989 -- Nigel Mansell (12th) -- Ferrari -- 1:49:38.650
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:57:47.081
1987 -- Nelson Piquet (3rd) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:59:26.793
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (2nd) -- Williams-Honda -- 2:00:34.508
Past Hungarian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 3rd
2009 -- Fernando Alonso -- 18th
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 5th
2007 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2006 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 15th
2005 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2003 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2002 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 1st
2001 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2000 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen - 1st
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen - 6th
1997 -- Michael Schumacher -- 4th
1996 -- Michael Schumacher -- 9th
1995 -- Damon Hill - 1st
1994 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 12th
1992 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 12th
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1990 -- Thierry Boutsen -- 1st
1989 -- Riccardo Patrese -- 16th
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 14th
1986 -- Ayrton Senna - 2nd
Last Race Results
RACE: German Grand Prix (July 24th)
SITE: Nurburgring -- Nurburg, Germany
LAPS: 60
MILES: 191.918
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Mark Webber
FOURTH: Sebastian Vettel
FIFTH: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (Finished 3rd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 30.334 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.980 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 189.910 k.p.h.
Hungarian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2 *Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Marlboro
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Marlboro
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes GP/Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes GP/Petronas
9Nick Heidfeld (Monchengladbach, Ger)Renault/Lotus Renault GP
10Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Lotus Renault GP
11Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz)Cosworth/AT&T Williams
12Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela)Cosworth/AT&T Williams
14Adrian Sutil (Grafelfing, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
15Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
16Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/BMW Sauber
17Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/BMW Sauber
18Sebastien Buemi (Aigle, Switzerland)Ferrari/Red Bull/Toro Rosso
19Jaime Alguersuari (Barcelona, Spain)Ferrari/Red Bull/Toro Rosso
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Lotus
21Jarno Trulli (Pescara, Italy)Renault/Lotus
22Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Cosworth/HRT
23Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia Virgin
25Jerome d'Ambrosio (Etterbeek, Belg)Cosworth/Marussia Virgin
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Mark Webber16th6th10th7th20th9th9th3rdWon
Fernando Alonso---Won3rd11th14th4th4th18th2nd
Sebastian Vettel---------------16th20th17th3rd
Felipe Massa7th---19th14th7th13th17th---4th
Vitaly Petrov------------------------5th
Jenson Button18th10th5th5thWon21st12th7th8th
Michael Schumacher2nd8thWon2nd8th---------11th
Lewis Hamilton---------------Won5thWon20th
Nico Rosberg------------17th7th14th4th22nd
 
Mover of the Week
Kamui Kobayashi - Started in the 17th position and finished 9th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Mark Webber
Darkhorse - Adrian Sutil
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - Finished 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Michael Schumacher) - Finished 8th
 
NOTES:
Mark 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 the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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 the season and the sixth of his F1 career.

Although currently second on the points list, Webber has failed to capture the checkered flag this season. He has 10 top-five finishes in the 10 F1 races this year.

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 last week in Germany and now owns 16 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 25 previous races, including five of the last 10 years.

The August 28th Belgian Grand Prix in Spa, Belgium is the next Formula One race. Lewis Hamilton is the defending race winner.

07/30 15:05:16 ET

As of July 30, 2011, at 03:05 PM ET

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