Paddock Postcard from the Hungaroring 26 Jul 2009
Even before Felipe Massas accident in the second qualifying session, the paddock was concerned deeply about debris-inflicted injuries after Henry Surtees death in a Formula Two race at Brands Hatch the previous Sunday.
There was much evidence of allegiance to Henry and the Surtees family, for motorsport is one big family in such circumstances, and Formula One rookie Jamie Alguersuari bore allegiance on his helmet to his former team mate.
In Formula BMW Europe, which commemorated Surtees participation in 2007, the weekends first clash was dominated by Denmarks Michael Christensen who took his fourth win of the year for Mucke Motorsport ahead of title rival Felipe Nasr. The Brazilian was over seven seconds adrift for Eurointernational. Frances Jim Pla claimed his first-ever podium in the category for DAMS but had to fight for the position all the way in a superb scrap with Dutchman Robin Frijns of Josef Kaufman Racing.
In a dramatic GP2 encounter Germanys man-of-the-moment Nico Hulkenberg repeated his dominant form from the Nurburgring for ART Grand Prix to claim a third victory in a row over fast-starting Lucas di Grassi (Fat Burner Racing Eng) and Javier Villa (Super Nova Racing), stretching his lead in the championship as his rivals Romain Grosjean and Vitaly Petrov (both Barwa Addax Team) ran into trouble.
Hulkenberg made a strong start to move to third as di Grassi initially sped away. After the mandatory pit stops, Hulkenberg passed di Grassi in a bold lunge round the outside in Turn Two and never looked back. He was 15 seconds ahead by the flag and extended his points tally to 57, 15 ahead of Grosjean and 16 ahead of Petrov.