Did you predict a Ferrari win in at the Hungarian Grand Prix? If so, then you sensed something most fans hadn’t. Sebastian Vettel took the victory in Hungary while the two Mercedes drivers failed to score a podium finish in the new turbo era.
The win signaled one thing about Mercedes, if you can get the jump on them at the start, they tend to be vulnerable and beatable.
It was an eventful race and very unpredictable to be sure and perhaps just the shot in the arm F1 needed before taking another 3-week break.
You have to give a win to Vettel for a measured and Senna-equaling 41st win of his career. Ferrari may have found pace over the last three weeks and perhaps the Hungaroring favored the Scuderia but regardless, a great start and competitive pace took the victory.
A win for both Red Bull drivers who finished on the podium giving the team a much needed boost in morale. Daniel Ricciardo became the one Red Bull that effectively spoiled both Mercedes drivers’ races. Kvyat said he learned the meaning of “never give up” on Sunday and clearly it was a valuable lesson.
The fourth place finish for Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was a real highlight for the youngster as it was the best result for the team since Vettel gave them a 4th place in Brazil back in 2008.
It may seem like platitudes but a win goes to McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button for finishing in the points. The team certainly found the Hungarian circuit more to their liking and they scored much-needed points.
A fail for Pastor Maldonado who seems to have revived his crash magnate status in scuttling Force India’s Sergio Perez’s race. Force India had its own fail this weekend with suspension failure on Sergio’s car as well.
A fail for Mercedes who got poor starts, making me wonder if that ban on pre-start radio direction from the team over clutch bite points may have had a bigger impact. The poor starts put them in the clutches of actual cars racing for position and collisions ensued.
Nico Rosberg gets a fail for being “off” the entire weekend and not taking advantage of teammate Hamilton’s poor race and closing the points gap. His door-slamming on Daniel Ricciardo put him an additional four points behind Hamilton heading into summer break.
A fail for Ferrari in retiring Kimi Raikkonen’s car with engine trouble. The Finn got a great start and looked set to run with Vettel but the car let him down at a time when he needs to be producing.
A WTH goes to Lewis Hamilton for driving like the Lewis of old. Having a poor start (or Ferrari’s outstanding start), Lewis pressed the opportunities and paid the price. His move on teammate Nico Rosberg was ill-advised as was his restart clouting of Ricciardo which garnered a penalty. It was not Lewis’s day at the office and even champions are allowed an off day from time to time…or are they?
A WTH moment for Force India who seemed to have structural issues with Perez but also had a complete front wing failure for Nico Hulkenberg that cost a decent result and brings reason for concern over their chassis integrity.
1. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1hr 46min 09.985sec
2. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Red Bull) at 15.748sec
3. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 25.084
4. Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso) 44.251
5. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 49.079
6. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 52.025
7. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 58.578
8. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 58.876
9. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 1min 07.028sec
10. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber AG) 1:09.130
11. Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber AG) 1:13.458
12. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 1:14.278
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 1:20.228
14. Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus) 1:25.142
15. Roberto Merhi (ESP/Marussia) 2 laps
16. Will Stevens (GBR/Marussia) 4 laps
Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India): 42nd lap
Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India): 54th lap
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari): 56th lap
Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso): 61th lap
Driver’s Championship Points
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 202
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 181
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 160
4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 77
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 76
6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 74
7. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 51
8. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 45
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 24
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 23
11. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 22
12. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 16
13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 15
14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 12
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 11
16. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 9
17. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 6
18. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 6
19. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 0
20. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0
1. Mercedes 383
2. Ferrari 236
3. Williams-Mercedes 151
4. RedBull – Renault 96
5. Force India – Mercedes 39
6. Lotus – Mercedes 35
7. Toro Rosso – Renault 31
8. Sauber – Ferrari 22
9. McLaren 17
10. Marussia – Ferrari 0