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Hungarian Grand Prix -Button Wins in 200th Race

What a fantastic way for Jenson Button to compete in his 200th F1 race. In a race with mixed conditions, Jenson Button was able to be consistent and make all of the right choices. Strategy was critical in this Hungarian Grand Prix, and Button didn’t put a foot wrong in his decisions.

Button shows great consistency to take 25 points in Hungary

Here is the order:

1. Jenson Button

2. Sebastian Vettel

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Mark Webber

6. Felipe Massa

7. Paul di Resta

8. Sebastian Buemi

9. Nico Rosberg

10. Jaime Alguersauri

11. Kamui Kobayashi

12. Vitaly Petrov

13. Rubens Barrichello

14. Adrian Sutil

15. Sergio Perez

16. Pastor Maldonado

17. Timo Glock

18. Daniel Ricciard0

19. Jerome d’Ambrosio

20. Tonio Liuzzi

Retirements included Schumacher with gearbox problems, the Lotuses of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, and Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld’s Lotus Renault caught fire once again coming out of the pit lane, and a component within the car exploded dramatically, sending debris onto the track. One marshall was limping after the explosion, but thankfully nobody was seriously injured.

A dramatic fire puts Nick Heidfelt out of the race

Arguably, Hamilton should have won the race. He overtook Vettel soon after the start of the race, and built a large gap immediately. During the second half of the race, Hamilton spun at the chicane, and as he spun back around, he nearly collided with Paul di Resta and was given a drive-through penalty. Hamilton also went onto intermediate tires after “miscommunication on the radio.” A glitch meant that he could hear the pit, but the pit could not hear him. Soon after he went onto the intermediate tires, the rain stopped, meaning he had to come back into the pits once again. This left him in fifth position behind Webber, although he was ultimately able to regain fourth.

Hamilton could not convert his great pace into a victory

Webber also made the same decision to go onto intermediate tires, and had to do an unnecessary pit stop. This combined with a bad start meant that Webber could only manage 5th position at a track where he won last year.

Webber could not repeat his 2010 Hungary victory

What does this mean for the championship? Even though Vettel did not win, his championship lead is now larger than it has ever been this year. This is because his closest competitor in the championship is Mark Webber, who finished down in fifth position. It seems that no matter what the competitors do, Vettel seems to pull out a greater lead. His lead has only gone backwards twice in the championship, even though three other drivers have won races. Unfortunately for the other teams, Webber is acting almost as a buffer for Vettel. Webber is scoring solid results, and Vettel has finished in front of Webber at all races but one, but Webber is still second in the championship. This means that even when competitors beat Vettel, Vettel’s championship lead still extends.

Vettel opened up his championship lead to 85 points

However, we are about to reach a point when wins from drivers like Hamilton and Alonso will allow them to overtake Webber in the standings, and chew down on Vettel’s lead. Alonso has scored more points in the past four races than any other driver, and one can expect him to do so. His ability to perform strongly in every car he drives will be important as Ferrari try to match Red Bull’s performance.

Alonso has been scoring great points recently. A challenger for Vettel?

Hamilton is also looking strong, after running through the field in Silverstone to finish third, winning the German Grand Prix, and missing a victory that should have been his today in Hungary. They should now be confident and motivated to work hard over the break to keep their momentum. McLaren have won the last two races, so both Ferrari and Red Bull will be desperate to increase their pace over the break.

With 2 wins to his name, Hamilton could put a late-season charge on Vettel


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Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying

Many thought that the Hungarian Grand Prix would be the race when Red Bull did not secure pole position, but Sebastian Vettel has once again claimed the top spot with a time of 1:19.815. Vettel was one of two drivers to get into the 1:19’s, the other being Lewis Hamilton. Jenson Button finished third behind his team mate.

Behind the two Mclarens came the Ferraris of Massa and Alonso. Massa must be satisfied as he out qualified his team mate for the first time this year, even by a miniscule margin of 0.015 seconds. Massa has shown a recent increase in pace, and competitiveness. Both he and Ferrari must be pleased to see that he is able to keep up with Alonso. This increase in pace has many wondering if Massa never fully returned to his pre- 2009 incident in Hungary, and is now finally beginning to return to that 2007-2008 Massa form.

Massa will start one spot ahead of Alonso tomorrow.

Webber finished in 6th position, sandwiching the McLarens and Ferraris between the two Red Bulls. Webber had DRS issues in qualifying. He also complained of cold tires, which could be the reason for his lack of pace. He should not be in a position to challenge for the victory tomorrow.

Difficult session leaves Webber 6th

Behind Webber is Nico Rosberg, and Adrian Sutil will start next to him on the fourth row. Force India have made a major step forward and are looking like they will secure themselves at the front of the midfield, ahead of Sauber, Williams, and Toro Rosso.

Force India have made clear improvements

Schumacher qualified ninth in the second Mercedes, ahead of Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver did a good job of getting into Q3, but decided to not set a flying lap and save himself a set of tires. He is in a great position to score solid points tomorrow. Behind Perez was di Resta, who was 2.5 tenths slower than his team mate Sutil. Behind di Resta is Petrov in 12th, Heidfeld in 14th, with Kamui Kobayashi splitting them in the second Sauber. Kobayashi will surely be looking to overtake a few cars in front to land himself in the points.

Perez managed to make Q3, but did not run to save tires

Williams had an unsuccessful day with Rubens Barrichello 15th and Maldonado 17th, both with technical difficulties during the day. The first Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguesauri split them. Sebastian Buemi did not make it into Q2, and will start 17th on the grid. He also faces a 5-place grid penalty for his collision with Nick Heidfeld last week, moving him back to 23rd on the grid.

Collision with Heidfeld will cost Buemi 5 grid spots

Behind him are the Lotuses of Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli. Lotus has just fixed the power steering in their car, and Trulli says it is now “much better,” complaining that he “could not feel the car” without it. If Lotus had a KERS system, I could see them making it into Q2. They are clearly the strongest of the “new” teams, and next season will be hoping to climb up to the “midfield” group.

Jarno Trulli improved in his updated car

Timo Glock is in the first Marussia Virgin, followed by Tonio Liuzzi and Daniel Ricciardo in the HRT cars, with Jerome d’Ambrosio taking up the rear in the second Marussia Virgin racer. There should be an interesting scrap between these four during the race tomorrow.

Daniel Ricciardo will be happy to have qualified close to his team mate

Who’s looking good for the race tomorrow? Vettel, as always, will be competitive. However, Hamilton looks like he is in a great position to challenge for victory. He did not go on the super soft compound in Q2, meaning that he has one set of brand new option tires, while the rest of the top 10 only have the set that they qualified on. This fresh set of tires gives Hamilton a great advantage in terms of strategy, but anything can happen during the race tomorrow.

Can a fresh set of Super Softs help Hamilton challenge for victory?

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