|Robert Kubica||Vitaly Petrov|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’21.328 (+0.099)||1’21.229|
|Average race lap||1’37.270 (+9.573)||1’27.697|
At the end of free practice both Renaults had set faster times than both McLarens. But Kubica had a slow lap in Q3 – he felt the car was bottoming – and ended up half a second off the time he set in Q2.
Fifth place had been on the cards, but that went to Lewis Hamilton. Kubica was left in eighth place behind Nico Rosberg and – for the first time this year – his team mate.
Kubica’s race was ruined when his team released him into the path of Adrian Sutil in the pits. He carried on after that, was handed a stop-go penalty and later retired with front suspension damage incurred in the collision.
His no-score allowed Felipe Massa to overtake him in the drivers’ championship.
Petrov seized on his team mate’s qualifying troubles to start a career-best seventh and ahead of Kubica for the first time ever.
It got better at the beginning of the race when he made a strong start and briefly ran fifth. He was passed by Lewis Hamilton on the second lap and admitted he didn’t defend too strongly as he was struggling to get his tyres up to temperature.
Hamilton’s retirement left him on course for fifth place which he took with Nico Hülkenberg’s Williams 3.6 seconds behind:
I feel wonderful because we did everything almost perfect today.
I made a good start and managed to pass Rosberg and Hamilton into the first corner, which was our target. After that, I didn’t try and block Lewis too much because I had a problem with my tyre warm-up. I lost a lot of grip and I was fighting the car. I decided to let him through rather than risk losing more positions.
The points today are very important for us because Mercedes didn’t score any. Also, I have a lot of friends and family here today so I’m pleased I could give them a good result.
2010 Hungarian Grand Prix
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- 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
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