Sunday was a banner day for Jenson Button. Not only was it his 200th career race, it was also a well earned victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. In wet/dry conditions, Jenson is the one to put your money on. He won his first victory on this same track back in 2006 in similar conditions, and earlier this year outdrove Sebastian Vettel in torrential downpour/dry conditions to take a miraculous victory. And on Sunday, he was just as good as advertised in changeable conditions.
With the track being damp at the start, all the runners went on to intermediate tires to get the most traction and pace. As the lights went out, the McLarens and Red Bull of Vettel got great launches down into the first corner. The Ferraris also got great starts, but both lost out coming out of turn one as Fernando Alonso got the back end of his car out of shape and ended up losing a couple of spots. Eventually he would claw his way back to a respectable third place, but was off the pace of both the frontrunners.
Hamilton, Vettel and Button would battle for most of the afternoon in the drying conditions, until Hamilton got a little too anticipatory of the weather and came in for another set of intermediate tires, just as it began to rain. However, the rain let up just about immediately after his stop and he was done for. He was also hit for a penalty, and came home in fourth despite making six pit stops on the day and having bad strategy thrown in. His chances for the win were great, but in the end he had to settle for a disappointing fourth.
In the end, it was Button who made all the right calls and came home victorious in his 200th grand prix start. It was a good way to hit that milestone for Button, who is one of the better guys in the paddock as well. Here is the finishing order after all was said and done.
1. Jenson Button
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Fernando Alonso
4. Lewis Hamilton
5. Mark Webber
6. Felipe Massa
7. Paul di Resta
8. Sebastian Buemi
9. Nico Rosberg
10. Jaime Alguersuari
In other F1 news, the teams are now on a three week (yes that reads correctly, THREE WHOLE WEEKS!) break for the summer. However, the next race is certainly going to be one of the best of this season – keeping in mind that Canada will NOT be eclipsed – as it is being held at the historic and always exhilarating Spa Francorchamps. Also, on another note, this week I watched the race with the BBC commentary as opposed to my usual Speed team and I have to say that they have a very fine show. Not only do they have David Coulthard in there to give very good insight as to what the drivers are thinking and doing and how they are driving the cars, but because the BBC is government owned, there are no commercials during the entire race and the preshow is 45 minutes long! I do love David Hobbs, but the Beeb is a much better channel to watch a race on for sure.