Hamilton Endures Rosberg Pressure and Wins in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton picked up the win in Hungary and has taken the lead in the Driver Standings for the first time. Hamilton has a six-point advantage over Nico Rosberg heading to Hockenheim and the German Grand Prix. 

Mercedes remained dominant despite having clear issues switching on the yellow-marked soft tyres. After the race, Hamilton said,

“The track is great, the city is great and thank you to the fans. The start was everything in the race, I was pressured into turn one but the team did a fantastic job with the strategy.”

– Lewis Hamilton

The British driver got the better start and took the lead into turn one whilst Rosberg battled with Ricciardo in the Red Bull, who tried an opportunistic move around the outside. Rosberg eventually managed to close the door to the Aussie. Red Bull were able to keep tabs on the Mercedes cars in the early stages, but Ricciardo ultimately finished 25 seconds off the lead.

Jenson Button had a frustrating race from hell. The radio restrictions negated common sense yet again as Button communicated a safety issue to the the pit-wall regarding a brake issue that was related to hydraulics. Button received a penalty for the communication. The penalty added absolutely nothing to the race, and the FIA and Jean Todt will hopefully hear the unanimous view that the radio restriction is a complete pile of sh*t that only highlights a lack of competence for what is and isn’t entertaining.

Button said,

“We’re told that if you’re told you have a problem, you have to pit. And I’m guessing you have to pit earlier than we did. There are certain things we shouldn’t to be telling drivers, because we need to deal with it ourselves, but when you have a power unit that’s so complex – a driver can’t figure it out for themselves.

“When your brake pedal goes to the floor, I figure that’s a safety concern and I don’t think you should get punished. It could end in an accident.”

– Jenson Button

The other McLaren of Alonso managed 7th, a valuable 6-points for McLaren in their hunt of Toro Rosso.

Back to the leaders and Hamilton came under pressure later in the race when lapping Haas racing’s Esteban Gutierrez, who was about to be lapped in 11th. Gutierrez ignored the blue flags and held up the leaders, allowing Rosberg to close the gap to 0.5s. Hamilton let his feelings known to the lapped Mexican with a gesture that said, “I will find you, and I will kill you after the race.”

Ricciardo managed to keep Vettel just at bay to keep his podium position. The other Red Bull Ferrari battle was much more aggressive. Verstappen kept Kimi at bay but the pair made contact in as the Finn clipped the  Dutchman’s rear. Both cars luckily survived damage beyond aesthetic, and finish 5th and 6th respectively.

Ferrari cling to 2nd in the constructor standings, a single point the advantage over Red Bull.

Elsewhere, Carlos Sainz delivered again for Toro Rosso with 8th, but Alonso’s 7th place see’s the Italian team’s advantage in the standings reduce.

Valtteri Bottas secured 9th, a quiet and disappointing weekend for Williams but they’ll come away from the weekend satisfied that Force India weren’t able to score significant points.

Nico Hulkenberg was lucky to finish 10th with a point, the position was Jolyon Palmer’s and Renault’s before the young Brit spun out the chance to score his first championship points all by himself…

Elsewhere, Perez had a bad race after his pit-crew made a rare error, leaving the Mexican stranded in the box and undoing all of his work on eking out a long-stint on soft tyres.

At the back of the grid, a Manor sandwich with the Swedish filling of Marcus Ericsson.