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Hungarian Grand Prix: Webber’s late escape costs Button Q3 spot

KERS failure notwithstanding, Mark Webber progresses to pole position shoot-out in Hungary.
Mark Webber looked set to make the Q2 headlines for all the wrong reasons in Hungary, but a late lap ensured that he made it through to the pole position shoot-out.

The Australian's Red Bull was diagnosed with a KERS failure between Q1 and Q2, leaving it to struggle without the added power boost that could make all the difference to the drivers qualifying fortunes. Unable to better fifth on his opening lap, Webber was languishing in the drop zone until after the chequered flag was unfurled, but then rescued his final lap with a strong final sector, moving himself up to seventh overall.

Amid a flurry of changes in the closing stages of the 15-minute session, the biggest casualty became Jenson Button, who had previously hauled himself into the top ten, but then found his effort subsumed by improvements from both Webber and Felipe Massa, leaving the McLaren man 13th fastest.

Button was joined in bowing out by the two Williams drivers – both of whom had held top ten positions for a while – as well as Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil, the two Germans lining up ahead of the McLaren in the final order.

At the sharp end of the timesheets, the order was similar to Q1, with Nico Rosberg besting Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2, with Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Massa, Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez grabbing the other top ten spots.



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frws

July 27, 2013 2:22 PM

I know conspiracy theories are far fetched and this debate has raged online for some time now, but it just seems everytime Webber is remotely close to Vettel in practice and qualification, there is always a Kers issue or something to compromise Webbers progress. I have said before and I will reiterate, how is it that a team as successful as Red Bull, multiple constructor and driver championship winners, still not be on top of their Kers issues and the multiple failures that have occurred. I take on board Newey's philosophy of not wanting to compromise aero performance, but surely sooner or later, this will come back to hurt them.



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