Sebastien Vettel is back where he belongs – on the pole for a Formula One race.
After an "off" weekend last week in Germany, Vettel put the hammer down in Hungary today and took the pole away from Lewis Hamilton for Sunday’s Grand Prix (7:55 a.m., TSN).
"Yes, yes!" said the world champion to his crew over the team radio. "That is what I was talking about."
Jenson Button will line up third, with Felipe Massa fourth, Fernando Alonso fifth and Mark Webber sixth.
The difference between the pole time of Vettel and the sixth-place time of his Red Bull-Renault teammate Webber was 6/100ths of a second.
Alonso had been the pace-setter most of the weekend and it was a huge surprise to see him drop to fifth in the final shootout, even finishing behind his Ferrari teammate Massa, who’d nearly lost his life at the Hungaroring several years ago but is obviously not cowed by the place.
Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Michael Schumacher and Sergio Perez are the other drivers in the top ten.
– F1 teams have learned that even if they object to F1 races going to pay television (see post below), there’s nothing they can do about it. Having said that, the teams are all going to get a lot more money out of this deal and so, as you can imagine, are all quite happy about it.
The World of Outlaws raced in Brockville last night (Tony Stewart won the race at the Brantford-area Ohsweken Speedway Wednesday night) and the victory went to Tennessee driver Paul McMahan with Jason Meyers second and Craig Dollansky third.
A lot of Canadian 360 sprint cars made the show, led by 14th-place finisher Rick Wilson of Joyceville. Many of those guys (and girls) run with the SOS series and I would suggest it would be a big thrill for them to be out there running against legends like Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser.