What? Did you think because the Olympics were in full swing that people would skip out on the F1 race? Not a chance! In fact, drivers put on a great show in front of a packed crowd in Hungary this weekend. So who was able to bring home the win this time? Was it Fernando Alonso? What about Sebastian Vettel? How about neither of them!
Lewis Hamilton Wins His Second Grand Prix of the Season
If there is one thing that I love about F1 racing, it’s the fact that you never know who is going to win. This time, it was Lewis Hamilton. His win actually makes the flight for the championship even more interesting. Although Fernando Alonso is still sitting in the top spot, there are a number of people who still have a shot at catching him.
The win by Hamilton was only possible because he was able to fend off Kimi Raikkonen. During the first two stints of the race, Hamilton was able to successfully manage the lead that he had on Raikkonen’s teammate Romain Grosjean. It was not until about the middle stint that Raikkonen was able to really shine and jump from fifth to second. In the end, it would not be enough to stop Hamilton from taking his 19th career win. Overall, this is Hamilton’s third win in Hungary.
Fernando Extends Lead Over Mark Webber
Overall, Fernando Alonso was only able to come in fifth place. However, that did not affect him as much as some may have thought, since Mark Webber was only able to come in eighth. The low placing had to do with his late stop for tyres. This means, that Alonso now has a 40 point lead on Webber. Despite Hamilton’s big win this weekend, he still remains 47 points away from Alonso in fourth place.
Jenson Button’s Strategy Switch Cost Him
If you had been watching the whole race, you may have thought that Jenson Button had a shot at taking this one. However, any hope he had of coming in first was toast after his team switched him from a two to a three-stop strategy. If people didn’t think this was a bad choice, just check his position. At one point, Button was up in third place. However, the three-stop strategy caused him to fall back to sixth, just ahead of Bruno Senna.
A Closer Look at the Top Ten
The race overall was an exciting one. Over the course of this 62-lap race, it looked like there were a number of people who could have taken it. In the end, Hamilton proved to be too tough of a driver to overcome. Here are the results for the top ten:
- Lewis Hamilton
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Romain Grosjean
- Sebastian Vettel
- Fernando Alonso
- Jenson Button
- Bruno Senna
- Mark Webber
- Felipe Massa
- Nico Rosberg
Hamilton Comments on Victory
After the race, Hamilton said: “It’s been an amazing day, fantastic work by all the team. I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do, but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can.”
Hamilton is right! This season is far from over, and there is a lot of work to be done. Now the only question that remains is: Who will win the next Grand Prix?Author's Google+ Page