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Aug 1

Hungarian GP: Team-By-Team Report

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 28, 2013 after the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.   AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI        (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Hungarian GP proved to be an intriguing and unpredictable race, and given that the man himself said after qualifying that he was not looking forward to Sunday, not many people expected to stay in front for 70 laps. But he did just that and he did it in style, helped by some decisive passes that made sure that he was in clean air and not stuck behind cars that were out of sequence. Sebastian Vettel, in contrast, did get stuck, and also damaged his front wing, and for once the German and his RBR team simply didn’t get it right. It was a great performance, too, from Kimi Raikkonen, who worked his way from sixth to second and made two stops work. Here’s how the weekend panned out among the 11 teams:


From the start of practice, Hungary looked like being a Red Bull weekend as the blue cars dominated Friday, but come qualifying Sebastian Vettel lost pole to Lewis Hamilton, and a KERS issue saw down in 10th after he didn’t do a flying lap in Q3. Vettel ran second in the first stint, but crucially after pitting he got caught behind late stopper Jensen Button. He also damaged his wing trying to get past. As the final pit stops played out, he dropped to third, and was unable to pass Raikkonen, despite having fresher tires. Webber started on the prime tire and led for a few laps before his late first stop. He eventually finished fourth.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fourth and fifth, respectively, on Friday, and that translated into fifth and seventh come qualifying. Alonso got ahead of Nico Rosberg on the first lap but it was soon apparent that Ferrari was struggling badly for race pace, and he was never a contender for a podium. In fact, Alonso ultimately lost out to Mark Webber, and thus unusually finished in the same place he started, fifth. Massa made contact with Rosberg on the first lap and carried front-wing damage throughout. Struggling like his teammate for pace, he finished eighth.

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Jul 31

Miller’s Mailbag, 7.31

The Mailbag has plenty of questions regarding the old Indy 500 apron that was used through the 1991 event.

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Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at openwheelmailbag@gmail.com. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.

~Robin Miller

Q: Looked like a lot of empty seats at the Brickyard. And it looked like it was even worse for the Grand-Am race. Isn’t it about time to drop some of these races from the IMS calendar?

Craig Phillips

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Jul 31

McLaren Making Progress, Says Michael

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sporting director says that the Hungarian GP indicated that the team is making progress, and adds that the race could have been better had the team been able to do a different strategy.

finished seventh after running ahead of top qualifiers Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean before his late first stop, while overcame a bad first lap to take ninth. Both men started on the prime tire and stopped only twice.

“It was good, but I think it could have been a lot stronger if we’d been able to run our strategy and run a three-stop,” Michael told SPEED.com. “We couldn’t run a three-stop because of traffic, whereas some of the front guys could. They just happened to sneak into the right windows to do the lap times.

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Jul 31

Wolff Impressed By Hamilton’s Performance

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motor sport chief Toto Wolff says that ’s winning drive in Hungary was ‘mind blowing’ – an opinion reflecting how the team was as surprised as anyone else that the Brit was able to score such an impressive victory on a day when tire problems had been anticipated.

“It was a fantastic drive,” Wolff told SPEED.com. “The team worked so hard from Friday onwards on the long runs, setting the car up for the long runs, and anticipating the heat. I guess this all came together.

“Lewis’ drive was for me mind blowing – down the inside, round the outside of people. Obviously, we were also lucky with the strategy when Jenson (Button) slipped in front of Vettel. But you have to take these days. A brilliant drive, a great car, brilliant work from the team, and this is the result.”

Wolff conceded that, like Hamilton himself, he had been pessimistic about prospects for the race.

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Jul 31

Ricciardo Confirms Wide Hips For 2014 Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) is the odds-on favorite to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

(pictured) is the odds-on favorite to replace at next year. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed reports he would be a tight squeeze at the wheel of Red Bull’s 2014 car.

The Australian, the hot favorite to replace his countryman Mark Webber at the World Champion team, hit a snag this week when he had a seat-fitting in the cockpit of the 2014-spec RB10.

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