After their tyre blunder in Hockenheim Force India managed to make a similar mistake in the first practice session, sending reserve driver Paul di Resta out on the wrong rubber, and were fined.
The had more problems in the pits on race day but on this occasion they were completely blameless.
|Adrian Sutil||Vitantonio Liuzzi|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’21.517 (-0.41)||1’21.927|
|Average race lap||1’30.297 (+1.929)||1’28.368|
Force India’s difficulties with the softer tyres continue: Sutil has now qualified outside the top ten in seven of the last eight races having reached Q3 in all of the first four.
A faulty driveshaft boot (which stops grease leaking from the driveshaft) kept Liuzzi from getting any running on the super-soft tyre in final practice. That was just one of the reasons why Liuzzi felt he could have qualified better:
Unfortunately I hit traffic in Q2 and didn’t get a clear lap, and then lost the rear in the last corner on my last lap. I was more than half a second faster until that point so we could have got a much better position for the start.
Liuzzi damaged the front-left part of his wing at the first corner on lap one, but more of the wing broke off at turn 11 later in the race. This brought out the safety car while he was already in the pits having his front wing replaced.
That cost him enough time to drop behind Jarno Trulli’s Lotus, which he had to pass after the safety car came in.
He moved up to 13th but was unable to pass Sebastien Buemi even when the Toro Rosso driver’s lap times began to drop off from lap 41.
2010 Hungarian Grand Prix
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- From the stands: Nikolai Vogler watches two races in one week
- Ecclestone asks Hungarian President “Was your crown made in China?”
- Michael defends Barrichello strategy
- How F1 can make pit stops safer
- 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- A move too far: Schumacher forces stewards to take a stand
- Who was the best driver of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend?
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- Red Bull fly to victory but FIA set to clip their wings (Red Bull race review)