McLaren´s Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix, after a nail-biter of a race.
It was long expected that Lewis Hamilton would cruise to victory, as he made a clean start from Romain Grosjean, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. He quickly managed to get some air to Grosjean, who showed speed and a power performance in second place. Vettel tried a move on Grosjean, but the Frenchman stayed on his line, cleverly, since he knew he is not the fastest starter. And as effect, Button took Vettel, as Alonso was P5 after Turn 1.
For long Hamilton stayed out in front, but the gap to Grosjean was rarely more than a few seconds. However, the French Lotus driver got a little over-excited at times, just as he was about to start an attack on Hamilton, he made a small error and lost time. This happened a few times in the middle of the race, until the final rounds of pit stops.
Kimi Raikkonen had started a mission from Lap 1. To go fast and stay fast. Simply put. Lap after lap, Kimi chipped away at Hamilton´s lead, a tenth here and two tenths there. Kimi Raikkonen won a position after the first rounds of pit stops, and after the final pit stop, in which he won three positions, also due to Button being held up by a superb driving Bruno Senna, Kimi rejoined in P2, but was soon able to chase down Hamilton in front. With tyres five laps older than Kimi´s, Hamilton looked to be in trouble towards the end. And it was clear from Kimi´s hard charging effort, late braking, super fast times and devil may care attitude, that Hamilton would not get this easy.
But Hamilton managed to get the very best out of the car, and indeed himself, and took his second race win of the season. A well deserved win, after a stunning performance from the drivers today. So close and so tight and again the tyres played the lead role.
Kimi Raikkonen finished second, Romain Grosjean third, Sebastian Vettel fourth, Fernando Alonso fifth, Jenson Button sixth, Bruno Senna seventh, Mark Webber eighth, Felipe Massa ninth and Nico Rosberg tenth.
|13.||Paul di Resta||27|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren||no time|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||+11.614|
|8.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||+34.458|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India||+57.283|
|12.||Paul di Resta||Force India||+1:02.887|
|15.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|16.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||+1 Lap|
|17.||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham||+1 Lap|
|18.||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber||+2 Laps|
|19.||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham||+2 Laps|
|20.||Charles Pic||Marussia||+2 Laps|
|21.||Timo Glock||Marussia||+3 Laps|
|22.||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT||+3 Laps|
|Did not finish|
|23.||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT||+9 Laps|
|24.||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||+11 Laps|