McLaren looking to convert Hungarian GP pole into another victory
PUBLISHED: 12:40 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
TEAM bosses at McLaren were delighted at dominating qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix after fast-tracking improvements to the car. Lewis Hamilton, the 23-year-old Formula 1 sensation from Herts, will start today s race at the Hungaroring from pole p
TEAM bosses at McLaren were delighted at dominating qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix after fast-tracking improvements to the car.
Lewis Hamilton, the 23-year-old Formula 1 sensation from Herts, will start today's race at the Hungaroring from pole position.
Colleague Heikki Kovalainen completed a McLaren one-two with the second fastest time in the all-important third phase of qualifying.
Group boss Ron Dennis was ecstatic at completing a front row lockout.
Speaking after qualifying, Dennis said: "Today's all-Vodafone McLaren Mercedes front row is a fitting tribute to the phenomenal amount of hard work carried out by the whole team in the lead-up to the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix.
"We brought to Budapest the developments that were originally destined to be incorporated into our Valencia-spec car, and the signs are that it has been an effective move.
"A qualifying one-two is a rare and pleasing achievement, so I want to say a big 'thank you' to all the people who worked so hard to make it possible.
"Now we hope to convert our excellent qualifying performance into an equally solid race result."
Norbert Haug, the vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, hopes the team can convert another pole position into a race victory - just like they have done in the last two grands prix.
Kovalainen and Hamilton secured poles at Silverstone and Hockenheim respectively, with Lewis ultimately winning both the British and German races.
The Herts hero is gunning for a third win in a row today.
Haug said: "A great performance by Lewis, Heikki and our team, a dream and our third pole in a row, one from Heikki, two from Lewis.
"I hope we will be able to turn our grid positions into a similar result in the race.