Williams scored another 6 points to the total, as Bruno Senna fended off Mark Webber for most of the race, while also fighting with Jenson Button.
“Today was a nice race,” said Senna after the race.
“We pushed very hard on the strategy to make it work especially as the track conditions and the weather were very different from what we were expecting, so I’m happy with the team and I hope we can carry this momentum on. There were a lot of battles for me and it was hard it keep the tyres alive because the temperatures were so high, but it’s good to start in ninth place and finish in seventh. I think this is a turning point for us. The race was good, it was a fun weekend, the team are happy and the break is now welcome as it will be a chance to rest before we continue to push in the second part of the season.”
The Hungarian grand Prix marks the sixth occasion where Senna picks up points, and he now 24 points, just one behind Felipe Massa, three behind Paul Di Resta and five behind Michael Schumacher., and also five points behind team mate Pastor Maldonado, who finished outside the points.
“It was a difficult race today,” Maldonado said. “I had a bad start and lost a lot of positions which compromised our race from the beginning. It was hard to keep good pace in the traffic and then we also had to serve a drive-through penalty. I was on the limit racing Di Resta when I locked the brakes and lost some grip, but I was on the inside of the corner and so there was some light contact. We had to concentrate on tyre management today and we gathered a lot of information for the future. We weren’t as competitive as we have been, but we now need to work hard to focus on the second part of the season after the summer break.”
The field from tenth to fifteenth is relatively tight, just nine points separating six drivers.