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Webber pushed out in Q2

Mark Webber's ambitions of repeating his 2010 Hungarian GP victory appear unlikely as he qualified only eleventh for the 2012 race.

Mark Webber missed a shot at pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix when Bruno Senna produced a better lap as time ticked down in the second phase of qualifying.

The Brazilian had yo-yo'd in and out of the drop zone but, having been pushed back below the cut-off by Nico Hulkenberg, bounced straight back to edge Webber by a couple of hundredths and condemn the Red Bull driver - who had set the morning practice pace - to another early bath.

Webber's last-gasp exit overshadowed other surprises, including the loss of both Mercedes drivers, as Q2 produced a topsy-turvy order. Nico Rosberg had tried his best to escape the 'drop zone' but Michael Schumacher remained mired at the bottom of the order, in 17th, for much of the 15 minutes. While Webber admitted to struggling with his second set of tyres, he still finished ahead of Paul di Resta, Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Kamui Kobayashi and Jean-Eric Vergne, while both Williams drivers made the top ten shoot-out for the first time in 2012.

Senna was tenth fastest, seven spots behind team-mate Pastor Maldonado, but no-one could touch Lewis Hamilton, who again set the pace with a 1min 21.060secs lap. World champion Sebastian Vettel, who again flirted with the drop, finished second fastest, with Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean filled the gap between the two Williams cars.



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Kozeyekan

July 28, 2012 2:09 PM

Very interesting. Webber had the pace in practice and the car was good enough, as shown by Vettel. Must have had an off day, but starting 11th is probably better than starting 10th or 9th as he has a brand spanking new set of tyres and can go longer on the 1st stint. He'll score points.



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