For the second time in three races, Felipe Massa faces having to make up ground on his world championship rivals after a wayward Ferrari caused him to miss the cut in second qualifying at the Hungaroring.

The Brazilian's first run was blighted by a big understeer moment at the final turn that almost saw the F2007 come to a standstill as its driver attempted to wrestle it through the corner and, after a scare when the car cut out in pit-lane as he attempted to rejoin for a second effort, Massa was left with just one flying lap to make the top ten. Instead, the car showed no sign of mending its ways, leaving the morning pacesetter stranded in 14th spot on the grid.

Massa looked set to be joined on the sidelines by Robert Kubica, the Pole having managed only twelfth place on his first run, but the BMW Sauber pilot managed to eke out just enough to see himself through into the final phase, claiming tenth as the session closed.

Kubica's improvement pushed David Coulthard out of the final group, the Scot having to accept eleventh, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen, Alex Wurz, Anthony Davidson and Tonio Liuzzi, none of whom managed to improve their lot at the end.

Lewis Hamilton again topped the times, lowering the weekend best to 1min 19.301secs, while McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso led the pursuit in second, three tenths adrift. Jarno Trulli and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top four, both opting - like the McLarens - not to take a second run, while Nico Rosberg took fifth, ahead of Nick Heidfeld, Mark Webber, Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella and Kubica.

 

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