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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Hulk Takes Pole

In an excellent result for Cosworth, Williams and above all Nico Hulkenberg, the tables are turned in Brazil.

The young german driver in his debut season at Williams, secured a brilliant lap to head the times and take pole position ahead of fashionable favourites - Vettel, Webber, Hamilton and Alonso.

Interestingly the last win for a Cosworth F1 engine was also in Brazil - as long ago as 2003.
Giancarlo Fischella brought home the Jordan Cosworth first.

It is a stunning result for the engine company, founded by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth in 1958, to secure a pole in their return year.

Their first race win was at Goodwood 1960 in the brilliant hands of Jim Clark.  In 1967 came their first F1 win - Jim Clark again, Lotus 49, Zandvoort Netherlands (I was there).

It is ironic that Williams are ditching Cosworth for a French Renault engine next year.

Hulkenberg deserves a medal for clearing his rivals by over a second.

If he can carry this form through to the race it will have an intriguing effect on the championship.

Button could only manage 11th continuing from Korea with problems of grip levels.

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