Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, despite sitting out the final few minutes of qualifying. The defending world champion chose to only complete only flying lap in Q3, but no-one could beat his time, though Nico Rosberg did come within a tenth of a second in his Mercedes. Romain Grosjean took a surprise third place, with Lewis Hamilton in fifth and Fernando Alonso behind his team-mate in seventh.
Sebastian Vettel took a significant step towards a fourth world championship with a comfortable victory at the Italian Grand Prix, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull. This has traditionally been a venue where Red Bull have struggled, but that wasn’t the case this time and Vettel dominated the entire weekend. Once he had left the grid cleanly the result was never in doubt and he took his 32nd career win, five years after his first, the memorable wet Italian Grand Prix of 2008.
Sebastian Vettel continued his dominance of the Italian Grand Prix weekend by taking pole position ahead of team-mate Mark Webber. Nico Hulkenberg produced a stunning performance to put his Sauber in third while Ferrari’s tactic to give lead driver Fernando Alonso the tow failed as he was out-qualified by team-mate Felipe Massa.
Sebastian Vettel took a dominant fifth win of the season at Spa Francorchamps, leading from early in the first lap all the way through to the finish. Fernando Alonso recovered from a poor qualifying session to take an excellent second, while Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was off the pace on race day, and he had to settle for third. Kimi Raikkonen had brake issues from an early stage and retired midway through the race, his first non-finish since he returned to Formula 1.
After what feels like forever F1 is finally back and is visiting one of the sport’s great venues. Spa Francorchamps is a legendary circuit, one which all of the drivers want to win at some point in their career. Jenson Button won last year’s event but it is his fellow Brit Hamilton who is one of the favourites this time out as he looks to close the gap to championship leader Sebastian Vettel.
This is the second part of my look back at the current F1 season. In this article I will look at the races from Monaco through to Hungary, if you want to see my thoughts on the first five races then click on the link below.
We are now ten races into the Formula 1 season and there is now a four-week gap until the next race as the teams take their summer break, so this is a good time to look back at the season so far. I have split this into two articles – the first will look at the races from Australia to Spain, and the second will look at the races from Monaco to Hungary.
Lewis Hamilton took his first win for Mercedes with a superb performance at the Hungaroring. Kimi Raikkonen yet again used a different strategy to good effect, making one less stop than most of the others to take second, while Sebastien Vettel had to settle for third.
Lewis Hamilton snatched a dramatic pole position from the clutches of Sebastien Vettel in the final few seconds of qualifying at the Hungaroring. The Mercedes driver sounded surprised by his own performance as he beat Vettel by 0.038 seconds, with Lotus’ Romain Grosjean strongly placed in third.
After a three-week break the F1 circus heads to the Hungaroring for the tenth round of this year’s world championship. This is the last race before the summer break and Vettel will be looking to consolidate his lead after his win last time out at his home race in Germany. Meanwhile, his main championship rivals Raikkonen and Alonso will be hoping that the changes to the tyres for the rest of the season will work in their favour.