Red Bull dominance
At the end of qualifying the pace set by Red Bull was clearly faster than anyone else: Sebastian Vettel left the first rival car, Alonso's Ferrari, at 1.214 seconds.
Looking into the record books, only one time in 25 years at the Hungaroring a car was able to record a larger gap towards its rivals.
It was in 1991, when Ayrton Senna with his McLaren left second-placed Riccardo Patrese (Williams) at 1.232 seconds.
Hungarian GP podium © LAT
This pace was confirmed throughout the race: first Vettel gained an advantage of 11.7 seconds to Alonso in the first 14 laps, then, after the safety car intervention, Webber was able to gain 23 seconds on Alonso from the 18th to the 42nd lap (24 laps), he pitted and rejoined six seconds clear of the Spaniard and pulled another 16 seconds up to the 68th lap, before finally slowing down to the win.
It's nice to compare these figures with one of the masterpieces of Michael Schumacher: the 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix.
At the time the German was in front of David Coulthard by five seconds on the 45th lap and by the 61th lap (16 laps) he was clear of the Scot by nearly 27 seconds before pulling in for his third and final stop.
Sebastian Vettel is the first man to record a pole at the Hungaroring track at an average of more than 200 km/h, his qualifying lap being at 200.215 km/h.
In 2004 Rubens Barrichello recorded a higher average speed, at 201.076 km/h, in the first qualifying session, which didn't count for the grid. At the time the final grid positions were established with the fuel for the first part of the race.
The Montoya syndrome
In the last three races Sebastian Vettel has started from pole but was not able to win the race.
Maybe the most notable example of a similar streak was Juan Pablo Montoya, who scored five straight poles in 2002, without winning a single race.
Montoya started his sequence in Monaco, where his engine broke, same fate in the following race, the Canadian Grand Prix, he then spun off the race at the Nurburgring. Montoya finally finished third in Silverstone and fourth in France but never came close to winning.
Also Niki Lauda in 1974 endured a streak of five poles without a win: from the French to the Italian Grand Prix. To Lauda's credit, he won the Dutch Grand Prix, which started his sequence of six poles.
• Fourth straight pole for Sebastian Vettel: it's the longest sequence since Fernando Alonso recorded five straight from the European to the Canadian Grand Prix in 2006. The longest sequence belongs to Ayrton Senna, with eight straight poles form the 1988 Spanish Grand Prix to the 1989 US Grand Prix;
• This was the 90th pole from a German driver. 68 came from Michael Schumacher, 12 from Vettel, 6 from Ralf Schumacher, 2 from Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and one from Wolfgang von Trips and Nick Heidfeld;
• For the sixth time this year Red Bull locked out the front row. The absolute record is exactly the double of this value, 12, recorded twice in F1 history: in 1988 by McLaren and in 1993 by Williams;
• With its 16th straight front row presence, Red Bull entered the top five all-time streaks. The absolute record is 35, set by Williams from the 1992 South African Grand Prix to the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix;
• The gap between Vettel and Webber (0.411 seconds) is the highest recorded this season in a dry session (in Malaysia, in a wet qualifying session, there was 1.346 seconds between Vettel and Rosberg);
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Hungarian GP © LAT
• Best career performance for Vitaly Petrov, seventh. For the first time he was able to qualify in front of Robert Kubica, who was the last driver to have a "perfect" score against his team-mate. Now the drivers with the best record are Kubica and Timo Glock, at 11 to 1;
• Some in-team battles are taking a definite trend in the recent races. For the fifth straight race Rosberg qualified in front of Schumacher, Vettel in front of Webber and Alonso in front of Massa;
• Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button were on the spotlight after qualifying for their low-key performances: Button didn't reach the third qualifying sting for the third time after Malaysia and Great Britain and the German was outside the top 10 for the fourth time in the last five races. Excluding Kamui Kobayashi, whose position before the penalty was eighteenth, nine positions behind his team-mate de la Rosa (ninth), Michael Schumacher was the second worst, having qualified eight positions behind Rosberg. For Kobayashi this was his worst grid spot of the career;
• For the first time in his short career Nico Hulkenberg qualified inside the top 10 in back-to-back races;
• For the third time this year and the first since the Chinese Grand Prix, Timo Glock was the best qualified driver of the new teams.
• There were three celebrations ahead of this race: Webber and Alonso's 150th Grand Prix and Red Bull's 100th race. All of them had one more reason to celebrate as Webber and Alonso finished first and second and Red Bull was the winning car;
• For the sixth time this season Red Bull led the whole race;
• For the first time since the 2008 Singapore and Japanese Grand Prix Fernando Alonso was able to climb on the podium in back-to-back races;
• Best career result for Vitaly Petrov, fifth and for Nico Hulkenberg, sixth;
Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber, Hungarian GP © LAT
• First points of the season for Pedro de la Rosa, seventh;
• For the fourth straight race, Jenson Button finished a place lower than his previous one: he was second in Canada, third in Europe, fourth in Great Britain, fifth in Germany and eighth at the Hungaroring. Vitaly Petrov went the other way around: 17th in Canada, then 14th, 13th, 10th and fifth;
• For the first time this season Nico Rosberg retired;
• Michael Schumacher finished another time outside the points. Despite the new points system, the German wasn't able to score points in three races in a row since his return to racing;
• Robert Kubica recorded his first retirement for an accident since the 2009 Australian Grand Prix;
• Both Sauber cars finished in the points for the first time since last year's Belgian Grand Prix;
• For the first time this season all of the "new teams" finished the race and a Mercedes car was not in the points.
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