Lewis Hamilton has stormed to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix after dominating for the whole weekend. The Brit started on pole and kept the lead for the whole race excluding pit stops. Despite an early challenge by Romain Grosjean and a later challenge by Kimi Raikkonen, Hamilton could not be beaten and he crossed the line first.
As usual, The grid made its way around the track for the parade lap, but rather unusually, Charlie Whiting aborted the start. Michael Schumacher who mis-understood the lights, as a Red Flag, turned off his engine. This left him parked on the grid while the rest of the cars completed a second parade lap. Schumacher’s car was re-started and he lined up to start from the pit lane.
At lights out, Hamilton stormed away from Grosjean in 2nd, who fell back into Vettel’s clutches. The German couldn’t pass the Frenchman and was left defending against Jenson Button instead. Mark Webber had an excellent start, jumping from 11th to 7th. Kobayashi was pushed wide by Vergne into the first corner rejoining behind the Caterham’s of Kovalainen and Petrov. At the back, Schumacher’s problems were compounded when he received a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. After making a stop for fresh tires, Schumacher had been through the pits 2 times in the first 5 laps.
15 laps into the race, Hamilton and Grosjean were really pulling away from the rest of the grid while Grosjean slowly but surely kept on Hamilton’s tail. On lap 16, Button pitted to get the undercut on Vettel who would pit two laps later. It worked and Vettel came out even further behind Button than he had been when Button pitted.
Lap 19 and Hamilton pitted. A mistake however as Lewis was slow to pull away from his box, a 4.2 second stationary time. Grosjean was told to push as hard as he could to try to take Lewis, but a scruffy in lap, Slow pit entry and 4.7 second stationary time ensured that Hamilton got back out in front.
Raikkonen and Webber came into the pits and exited in formation, Kimi ahead of Alonso, Webber behind Alonso. For the next 15 laps, It was pretty much even at the front with Hamilton and Grosjean running within 2 seconds of each other consistently. Kimi Raikkonen found something, enabling him to push and catch the front-runners. His team-mate, Grosjean pitted as did Kimi and on the pit exit the two Lotus’ came together slightly, knocking Grosjean off the track and allowing Kimi into 2nd. Grosjean fell into place behind Raikkonen.
Pastor Maldonado was up to no good (again) on lap 49. While trying to overtake Paul Di Resta, he out braked himself, driving into the side of the Force India. His effort earned him a drive through penalty.
Red Bull were lining up 4th and 5th (Vettel and Webber respectively) with 15 laps left and decided to try a strategy. Webber pitted for a third time, coming out in 8th place behind Senna. Vettel pitted a few laps later, retaining 4th place.
Up front, Raikkonen was charging towards Hamilton but could not get that extra bit needed to pass the Brit. At the back, Schumacher was wheeled into the pits to retire the car. 5 laps were left when rather worryingly, Narain Karthikeyan’s front suspension broke, sending him into the barrier. Marshalls decided not to risk moving the car which was parked on the grass by turn 4 and race control announced that the yellow flags would stay in place for the last 5 laps.
Five laps later, Hamilton crossed the line to secure his 19th Grand Prix victory. Despite his best attempts at passing Hamilton, Raikkonen followed Hamilton over the line, ahead of his team-mate Grosjean.
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Kimi Raikkonen
3. Romain Grosjean
4. Sebastian Vettel
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Jenson Button
7. Bruno Senna
8. Mark Webber
9. Felipe Massa
10. Nico Rosberg
11. Nico Hulkenberg
12. Paul Di Resta
13. Pastor Maldonado
14. Sergio Perez
15. Daniel Ricciardo
16. Jean-Eric Vergne
17. Heikki Kovalainen
18. Kamui Kobayshi
19. Vitaly Petrov
20. Charles Pic
21. Timo Glock
22. Pedro De La Rosa
Michael Schumacher – Mechanical Failure
Narain Karthikeyan – Suspension Failure