Provisional grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix

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The 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix is set to be one of the hottest ever as temperatures pass a sweltering 100ºF on Sunday, meaning that the pressure will be on the drivers to stay cool and keep it on track if they are to head into the mid-season break with an extra win to their name.

Qualifying was a tight affair as Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position from Sebastian Vettel in the dying moments of Q3, setting the stage for a great battle between the two drivers at the Hungaroring. However, the likes of Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will also be in the running despite not reaching the front row.

The top eight on the grid all qualified on the soft tire, and will therefore start on this compound for the race. 9th-placed Sergio Perez will start on the medium compound after setting his quickest Q3 time on this tire, whilst Mark Webber will have a free choice of starting rubber after failing to set a time in Q3.

As per usual, the drivers that dropped out in Q1 and Q2 will have a free choice of starting tire.

There have been no changes to the grid following qualifying yesterday.

Provisional grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
9 Sergio Perez McLaren
10 Mark Webber Red Bull
11 Adrian Sutil Force India
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
13 Jenson Button McLaren
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
18 Paul di Resta Force India
19 Charles Pic Caterham
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia
22 Max Chilton Marussia

James Hinchcliffe on Andretti: ‘It’s certainly the place I want to be’

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Since before the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, James Hinchcliffe tirelessly has worked to ensure the future would include a full-time return in 2021.

And with an opportunity to run the final three races this season with Andretti Autosport, there seems a surefire (albeit unlikely) path.

“If I go out and win all three,” Hinchcliffe joked with IndyCar on NBC announcer Leigh Diffey in an interview Friday (watch the video above), “it would be hard for them to say no, right?”

Regardless of whether he can go unbeaten at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next weekend or the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida (where he earned his first career win in 2013), Hinchcliffe will have the chance to improve his stock with the team that he knows well and now has an opening among its five cars for 2021.

All three of Hinchcliffe’s starts this season — the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, July 4 at the IMS road course and the Indianapolis 500 — were with Andretti, where he ran full time in IndyCar from 2012-14.

“Obviously, the plan from January 2020 was already working on ’21 and trying to be in a full-time program,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed being reunited with Andretti Autosport, and everybody there has been so supportive. It’s been a very fun year for me on track. It’s been kind of a breath of fresh air in a lot of ways.

“It’s certainly the place I want to be moving forward. We’ve been working on that, working on those conversations. Genesys has been an incredible partner in my three races. We’ll be representing Gainbridge primarily, but Genesys will still have a position on our car in the last three.”

Gainbridge is the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Dallara-Honda that was vacated by Zach Veach, who left the team after it was determined he wouldn’t return in 2021. Hinchcliffe can empathize having lost his ride with Arrow McLaren SP after last season with a year left on his deal.

“You never want to earn a ride at the expense of somebody else in the sense that has happened here with Zach,” Hinchcliffe said. “I feel bad that he’s not able to see out the last three races of his season. I’ve got a lot of respect for him off track. He’s been a teammate this year, a colleague for years before that and honestly a friend for years before that. I’ve got a lot of time for him and his family. I understand a little bit of what it’s like in that position and what he’s going through.”

Hinchcliffe is ready to seize the moment, though, starting with the Oct. 2-3 doubleheader race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He had been hoping to add the Harvest Indy Grand Prix to his schedule and had been working out for the possibility.

“Then last week I had given up hope (and) was resigned that wasn’t happening,” he said. “I told my trainer, ‘I think we’re done for this year.’ Three days later, this call comes. I’m glad we didn’t make that decision too early. I feel great physically.

“I look at it as a great opportunity to continue to show I’ve still got what it takes and should be there hopefully full time next year on the grid.”

Watch Hinchliffe’s video with Leigh Diffey above or by clicking here.