Hungarian GP marked the final round before the summer break lasting for over a month. It was hard to imagine four weeks without Formula One especially on one of the closest and open seasons ever to appear. I apologise for not being out here for about a couple of weeks but now let us head straight down to the events at the historic Hungaroring venue on race day.
With Lewis on pole Mclaren had evoked some much needed pace and keeping a close eye on practice his car was so gentle on the optional mediums. On the otherside, Ferrari were looking vulnerable of getting beaten by the main rivals. Though the Redbull row on engine torque mapping was finally resolved or otherwise outlawed they didn’t seem to lack pace but Vettel could only muster third with both Lotuses threatened on race trim and Raikkonen was more than hungry for a comeback victory.
Schumacher eventually started from pitlane as he turned off the engine on the wrong starting grid while for some reason formation lap had to be done again. As the lights flashed and went, the race was underway. Hamilton made a great start in the early get going along with Grosjean who clung on to his back. Button had jumped on Vettel and he fended off the Redbull with Raikkonen and Alonso behind. Not a great start for Pastor Maldonado but Webber had got it right and covered few places up the order.
The first round of stops saw Button pitting as early on lap 15, then followed by Vettel. After few laps Hamilton came in for his stop on lap 18 whilst Grosjean stopped for soft tyres the next lap. Raikkonen stayed out a lap longer before switching to the tyres his team-mate opted for. As he rejoined he had clear air and the battle for positions back and forth helped his tyres to lap around more than everyone else.
It was Grosjean giving some tough time for Hamilton as the Mclaren driver had mediums bolted on which meant the Lotus had to take lead if he fantasised any chance of winning. Hamilton retaliated even though Grosjean looked pacey and several times lunged closer to the back of Mclaren under DRS zone. At this time, Button worked his way to maintain his third place from the charging Vettel.
Among the leaders Button pitted first again on lap 34, followed by Vettel. Grosjean took his mandatory medium stop ahead of Hamilton. Raikkonen squeezed some more life out of his tyres before pitting on lap 45 for mediums. When Ice man rejoined the track, Grosjean headed down the straight to turn one and the battle pumped up as Kimi used all he got to break clear of his team-mate. Kimi, the freshest man, pulled off some storming laps to get closer to Hamilton and finally got by on the 52nd lap.
Certainly Raikkonen could have taken the lead anytime but poised Hamilton didn’t put a foot wrong and his rear-tyre degradation didn’t come alive either. Three-stopping Vettel cut down the deficit from fourteen to one second over Grosjean but it was too late as both Lotuses finished on podium yet again. Button’s strategy not worked well to his liking as he stuck behind Bruno Senna after the final stop.
Alonso had a modest race on his birthday but most importantly he still leads the championship by forty points from his nearest rival Webber who secured only four points in Hungary. Webber finished half a second slow to Bruno Senna of Williams. The Brazilian drove an immaculate race to bring home vital points while team-mate Maldonado incurred a drive through penalty for harshly pushing Resta off the track.
The worse start of Felipe Massa punished him with only salvaging two points. Nico Rosberg scored the only point for Mercedes in the race as Schumacher retired after a dreary race weekend. Hulkenberg took eleventh ahead of his team di Resta and held back their main contenders but no points though. Daniel Ricciardo led home Jean-Eric Vergne who made four pit stops. The best of Caterham in Hungary was Kovaleinen ahead of Petrov and Charles Pic showed his brilliance by outdoing his team-mate quite comprehensively.
The only HRT of Pedro de La Rosa finished second to last ahead of Glock while Karthikeyan coasted to halt due to front suspension damage. Lotus team pipped Ferrari by three points and pushed them to fourth in constructors’ race while Mclaren got back to second in the standings. Only eight points separate second to fifth in drivers championship with Alonso having a firm lead ahead of Webber, Vettel, Hamilton and Raikkonen.