(Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)
That was the commandment for Jenson Button: don't fall for the temptation to come in for tires, too late at the beginning of the race and the wrong ones towards the end. Or for that matter, don't fall for the temptation to listen to your team, clearly clearly focused on Hamilton's strategy, and make your own tire call.
Great win for "gentleman" Jens. As usual, he kept his cool, even during his duel with "Chinstrap" Hamilton, he caught him but did not lose his head when Hamilton passed him back. Classic Button.
Hamilton, what can you say, he started second and finished fourth after being in a dominant position most of the race. Afterward he blamed the radio, the team for making that silly tire call and the stewards for giving him that fully deserved drive through. Still he was fun to watch in the opening laps.
Vettel, can go the rest of the season finishing in the top five and win the championship. Sure, Mclaren is now just as fast with Ferrari not far off, but if BUtton was able to have a similar arc with Brawn in 09, do you really think Vettel will not pull it off? However, this type of championship win will just make everyone hate him and Red Bull, time to show some fight, as I mentioned, Like Jenson did back then.
If Hamilton lost two spots, Alonso gained two and managed a podium despite lots of mistakes. From his starting spot, he had no choice but take risks. He lost big time when stuck behind the Mercedes of Rosberg, once clear he was able to match Hamilton's speed but by then it was too late. His big error was actually the spin, unforced, towards the end. The tire warming issue at Ferrari is still there, Massa took four laps on new tires to be able to set fast lap, Webber, in front was able to push right away. Ironically, it's not like Ferrari was gentler in the Pirellis, worst of both worlds.
Webber once again had a bad start adn was given a #2 driver strategy. Massa put in the kind of anonymous race that might make Luca di Montezemolo call his contract lawyer tomorrow.
In the back, Paul Di Resta came in seventh, well done. Renault made an exploding BBQ and the Hungarian marshals made an insane recovery, pulling the car back against the flow of traffic out of the pits, nearly collecting Vettel.
We'll have the highlight clip later this week, but for now, and as usual, love to hear your say!
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS.
The Hungarian Grand Prix
The Hungaroring, Hungary;
70 laps; 306.663km;
Weather: Mixed conditions.
Pos Driver Team Time
1. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1h43:42.337
2. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 3.588
3. Alonso Ferrari + 19.819
4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 48.338
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 49.742
6. Massa Ferrari + 1:17.176
7. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
8. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
9. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
12. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
13. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
14. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
15. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 2 laps
16. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 2 laps
17. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 4 laps
18. Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps
19. D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth + 5 laps
20. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth + 5 laps
Fastest lap: Massa, 1:23.415
Driver Team On lap
Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 56
Schumacher Mercedes 27
Heidfeld Renault 24
Trulli Lotus-Renault 18