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Michael Taylor 25th Jul 2009 - 14:11

Alonso claims rare pole

After one of the strangest qualifying sessions in recent Formula 1 memory it was former double Drivers' Champion Fernando Alonso who managed to get his revamped Renault on pole position in Hungary.

It was chaos that ruled though as Jaime Alguersuari, in his first ever grand prix, failed to complete Q1, while Felipe Massa was barely conscious in Q2 when he ploughed his Ferrari into a tyre wall.

However, it was the end of Q3 that had everybody, including drivers and team owners, shrugging their shoulders in disbelief as the entire timing system went down leaving the final ten grid positions to anybody's guess.

Fortunately, when order was resumed, early rumours proved to be true as Alonso stole the show away from Red Bull, meaning Championship chasing Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber had to settle for second and third on the grid respectively.

Lewis Hamilton, in the best car he has driven all season, rounds off the second row as his new KERS powered McLaren maintained the promise that had been shown all week.

Championship leader Jenson Button once again struggled to make an impact throughout the session and had to settle for seventh - it's beginning to look like a real struggle for BrawnGP.

The big question now is can Alonso's Renault hold off the dual threat of the supreme Red Bulls?

One man who certainly seems to think it can is the one in the hot-seat, Fernando Alonso, who has been oozing confidence all weekend.

The Spaniard has been relentlessly praising his team, car, fans and anything else he could think of all week long - not the sign of a man willing to accept anybody can beat him.

Too bad we didn't all grab a piece of his huge 20/1 pre-qualification price, however I do feel a slither of satisfaction knowing I can still make potentially big profits at 7/2.

As for the 13/8 favourite Sebastien Vettel, he does look Alonso's only realistic threat in a car that has performed excellently throughout practice and qualifying.

Vettel is getting more and more accomplished each week and if he gets to the first corner first then he could be in for a procession. He has looked the class of the field in recent weeks and is really piling the pressure on fast fading Button in the title race.

Outside of the front two I would be reluctant to invest heavily, although you can guarantee that I'll be watching Lewis Hamilton and how the new KERS System affects his ride.

Like most proud Brits I'm a huge Hamilton fan but until his team consistently provides him with a good car then I won't be risking my money, especially at 4/1.

Mark Webber, the impressive winner in Germany two weeks ago, is the more preferable 4/1 option in my eyes but, as I said, I'd be plumping for the front row pair.

As for Button, I'm now dealing with him like I'd deal with the plague, running away as fast as possible.

Button starts at 12/1 for the Hungarian Grand Prix but unless a miracle happens, or the race timers fail, then I can't see him adding a much needed ten points to his tally.

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