Lotus Win as Everyone Finishes

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 31: Heikki Kovalainen of Finland and Lotus drives during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 31, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Hungarian Grand Prix

They’ve managed to do it. Yes, for the first time all season, all six cars have managed to reach the chequered flag. No matter how many laps down they were in the end, they got to the end. I’m even a little happy for them.

It was a brilliant start for Timo Glock who managed to stun Lotus by putting his car in front of them. Kamui Kobayashi’s 5 place penalty saw him move alongside Sakon Yamamoto, who continued to be rubbish.

But it was Lotus who took advantage on the start, Trulli getting in front of Kovalainen, Senna and Glock, di Grassi and Yamamoto were at the back. The safety car shaked a few things up, Kovalainen getting the jump on Trulli with the rest being Glock, Senna, di Grassi and Yamamoto.

The continued racing of Yamamoto still made us show is ineptness. Lucas di Grassi was forced to make an extra pitstop compared to him and still finished a lap ahead, in fact, even his team mate Bruno Senna, in the same car lapped him.

I know I should really be unbaised in these posts but the fact Yamamoto is still allowed to race is beyond me. He is not helping the Hispania team at all and they are suffering because of it. Surely Chandhok can get some money in for the Belgian Grand Prix, and I hope he does, he is clearly a better driver than him, and must be so much marketable. Japan have got a rising star in Kobayashi and he isn’t backed, Chandhok is Indian and an Indian in F1 is good, he should be getting money and is much a better idea to back than a slow, hopeless driver in Yamamoto.

Despite Yamamoto being useless, Lotus took another 1-2. Virgin, who look like they are catching Lotus up in terms of pace saw Timo not too far behind. Bruno Senna has been improving all season and was much better than his team mate. Di Grassi and Yamamoto complete the backmarkers.

Driver Team Race Pos. Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 14th 10
2 Jarno Trulli Lotus 15th 6
3 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 16th 4
4 Bruno Senna Hispania 17th 3
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 18th 2
6 Sakon Yamamoto Hispania 19th 1

 

Standings

Drivers Championship

It looks very good for Heikki Kovalainen. He is a race win and a point in front of Karun Chandhok now, who must be very frustrated. Jarno Trulli is now right on his tail, two points behind. The only positional movement sees Glock overtake di Grassi and go in front by two points. Senna is very comfortable in 6th and Yamamoto is way back.

  Driver Team Points
1 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 56
2 Karun Chandhok Hispania 45
3 Jarno Trulli Lotus 43
4 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 38
5 Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing 36
6 Bruno Senna Hispania 22
7 Sakon Yamamoto Hispania 3

 

Teams Championship

Lotus are 25 whole points in front and are approaching triple figures. Virgin extend advantage to Hispania by two more points.

  Team Points
1 Lotus 99
2 Virgin Racing 74
3 Hispania 70

 

Next Race

F1 is going on a summer break and won’t return until the last weekend in August. The venue is the legendary Spa-Francorchamps. As of now nobody knows who will be racing for Hispania. I assume Virgin and Lotus will remain the same.

In predictions, I think Virgin will match the performance of Lotus and I think it could be their best chance to beat them on the track as well.

And lets hope Chandhok is racing too.

Posted on August 1, 2010, in New Teams Championship and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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