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Alonso/Vettel/Webber in crazy end to Q

Kind of hard to report when timing and scoring goes blank in the closing moments of qualifying this morning in Budapest at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

You gotta hand it to the Speed TV crew, making the most of trying to report what was going on with no information. Varsha cracked, "Imagine if you will..." as they grasped for information.

As it turns out, the top five: Alonso (nice to see him back in form), Vettel, Webber, Hamilton and Rosberg. The Brawn cars struggled to find speed (obviously if parts were flying off the car) and were well down the charts.
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Alonso takes pole as chaos reigns

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Alonso takes pole as chaos reigns

Saturday, 25 July 2009 15:03

Fernando Alonso claimed his first pole position in nearly two years in extraordinary and farcical circumstances at the Hungaroring, after a timing blackout left the whole pit lane scrambling to discover the final order.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will line up second and third for Red Bull ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, with championship leader Jenson Button down in an unaccustomed eighth place.

The final Q3 run-off was delayed by a frightening accident near the end of Q2 involving Felipe Massa, who was struck by a piece of debris while travelling at high speed and ploughed into a tyre barrier.

Initial reports suggest that Massa has escaped serious injury, but the episode had eerie parallels with the accident that tragically claimed the life of promising young British driver Henry Surtees at a Formula 2 race last weekend.

Replays showed that Massa was struck on the helmet by a flying piece of debris – believed to be a rear suspension part that had come adrift from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn – on the fast approach to turn four.

Massa’s Ferrari went straight on and buried itself deep into the tyre barrier on the outside of the left-hand corner, although two long black lines indicated that the Brazilian had managed to brake and scrub off some speed before the impact.

The start of Q3 was delayed while Massa was extricated from his car and the circuit inspected for debris.

Massa was examined at the circuit medical centre before being flown by helicopter to hospital for further precautionary checks. A Ferrari spokesman reported that he had no serious injuries.

Full qualifying report to follow...

Hungarian Grand Prix starting grid

1. ALONSO Renault
2. VETTEL Red Bull
3. WEBBER Red Bull
5. ROSBERG Williams
7. RAIKKONEN Ferrari
8. BUTTON Brawn
9. NAKAJIMA Williams
10. MASSA Ferrari
11. BUEMI Toro Rosso
12. TRULLI Toyota
14. GLOCK Toyota
15. PIQUET Renault
17. FISICHELLA Force India
18. SUTIL Force India
20. ALGUERSUARI Toro Rosso
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Congratulations Lewis!

Well deserved, and hopefully many more wins to come this season.

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