Fernando Alonso takes pole at 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa badly injured
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Renault driver Fernando Alonso takes pole in a qualification session on Saturday for tomorrow's 2009 ING Magyar Nagydij at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary.
Two Red Bull cars also with Renault engines are right on the back of the Spaniard.
McLaren-Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are split by Nico Rosberg's Williams 5th on the starting grid.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified 7th for Ferrari.
His teammate Felipe Massa was taken out of the track by a medical helicopter after a violent crash straight into the wall of tyres. A Ferrari spokesman says Brazilian driver "will remain in intensive care, although the team does not know how long he will stay under observation. He was conscious and in stable condition when he arrived at AEK hospital by helicopter with a concussion." Later Massa underwent a successful surgery on fractured skull. It was said Massa was knocked unconscious after debris striked his helmet.
On Sunday July 19, Formula Two driver Henry Surtees, 18 year old son of 1964 Formula One champion John Surtees, died in hospital after suffering severe head injuries. During the race at Brands Hatch Jack Clarke crashed his car into the wall and sent one of its wheels across the circuit. The wheel impacted precisely with the head of Surtees.
The F1 rookie driver Jaime Alguersuari, who was a team-mate of Surtees at the British F3 season finale at Donington Park last year, and now will drive a Toro Rosso in a race for the first time, wrote the words of tribute to his friend saying "Ciao Henry" on his helmet.
Championship leader Jenson Button will start from 8th place for Brawn; his worst qualifying of the 2009 season.
- Terrence Connolly. "Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying: Massa injured by debris, Alonso on pole" — Examiner.com, July 25, 2009
- "Formula 2 horror crash kills F1 legend's son" — Bild.de, July 21, 2009
- Michael Spearman. "Rookie’s Surtees tribute" — The Sun, July 25, 2009