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The Hungaroring used to be known for really dull races but that certainly was not the case Sunday. What we ended up with was one of the most exciting races in years, certainly the best this season so far.
So, is F1 all right or does Bernie really have to wrestle Flavio Briatore from the supple arms of his Elisabetta to come in and "fix" the sport....pardon me, "THE SHOW"?
Let's have a look at what made the Hungarian GP special.
We need more of that, nothing is better than watching cars slide around, nothing is better than being able to see what drivers are doing, those who turn in early, those who turn in late and fighting for grip. Part of that is the track of course, it's effectively a go kart track that, especially so in mixed conditions, really puts a premium on driver feel.
Pirelli should figure out why and repeat.
Banning FRIC made a difference.
Mercs advantage is still there but rather than being 1+ secs a lap it's now much less. Combine with a short, twisty track and everyone was bunched up.
basically most of the work done the previous two days, dry and hot, went out the window.
To be fair, Mercedes were far from 100
Accidents and safety cars.
Safety cars worked out for those further back: Hamilton and Ricciardo and that mixed it up even more, much to our delight.
Vergne in the first part of the race, Hamilton's pass on Vergne and his defense against Rosberg at the end. Ricciardo's super late pass on Alonso, yes he had much better tires but that move, very reminiscent of the one he pulled in Canada for the win, was spectacular.
And what to say about Alonso, 30 plus laps on a set of tires nobody thought would last more than 27... brilliant.
To be fair, Mercedes were off this week end
Between Hamilton's fire, too much tape on the brake ducts and that botched team order moment, the Silver arrows were a bit less sharp than usual. Had they been on their regular footing we might be having a different discussion.
Se yes, there were a lot of special circumstances conspiring to make the Hungarian GP a classic but, all and all, does F1 really need Flav to come in and add rewards weight, machine gun turrets and Super Mario points and whatever else they can think of?
I'd say no. Nominally this is still a sport, concentrate on keeping the cars close and let them at it. The racing will sort itself.