Rubens Barrichello's state of mind may revert from happy to angry after suffering Brawn GP's first failure to make the final phase of qualifying, at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
With a strong wind circulating around the Hungaroring, the Brazilian was unable to haul himself out of the drop zone, having been dumped into the bottom five in the closing moments by Heikki Kovalainen. Brawn team-mate Jenson Button was in a simialr predicament as the two white machines sat ninth and tenth for some time, but the Briton twice managed to climb away from the danger, while the Brazilian complained of a technical failure at the rear of his BGP001.
Barrichello will be joined on the sidelines by both Toyotas, as neither Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock could find enough of a late improvement, while Sebastien Buemi and Nelson Piquet topped and tailed the list of casualties for Toro Rosso and Renault respectively, hampering the Brazilian's chances of hanging on to his ride for the remainder of the season.
Mark Webber claimed top spot for Red Bull and, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel also taking turns at topping the times, Red Bull appears to have the upper hand on Brawn, despite the conditions supposedly favouring the latter. Lewis Hamilton was second for McLaren, with Kazuki Nakajima - a late escapee from the drop zone - and Kimi Raikkonen completing the top five.
The Finn's Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa, also made the cut for the top ten shoot-out, but appears unlikely to make the session after shunting heavily at turn four in the closing seconds. The Brazilian took a while to vacate the cockpit after the F60 nosed heavily into the tyrewall, with two distinct tyre marks suggesting brake failure.
Button, Kovalainen, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg complete the shoot-out contenders.