Ha, even Massa considers Grosjean penalty unfair...
The Good and Bad of the Hungarian Grand Prix
BY ROSIE BAILLIE – JULY 29, 2013
We go into the summer break with plenty to talk about after an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix which saw Lewis Hamilton take his first win for Mercedes and Pastor Maldonado and Williams pick up their first point.
Let’s review the good and the bad of the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s first win for Mercedes
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Following a surprise pole position on Saturday, absolutely everything seemed to go the Brits way during the race.
He and the team managed his tyre strategy and his tyres perfectly and he had great pace, meanwhile two of his main competitors, Vettel and Alonso, were unable to catch Hamilton.
Over the past few races, it seems that when Hamilton thinks he won’t do well or doesn’t have a hope of winning, he does just that.
Maldonado wins first point for Williams
2013 has been a tough season so far for the Grove based team who find themselves eighth in the Constructors Championship, a far cry from their old glory days during the 80s and 90s.
Maldonado managed his tyres well, meaning that when Nico Rosberg retired a handful of laps from the end, the Venezuelan was able to take 10th place and pick up the teams first point.
Another ‘almost’ for Raikkonen
Mr Consistent has now picked up points for 27 races in a row, which is no mean feat.
The Finn looked fast during the race but was unable to challenge Hamilton to the win. While Raikkonen won’t be happy with anything less than a win, the positive here is that the E21 has great race pace and they can still manage their tyres perfectly in warm conditions.
Luckily for the Enstone based team, we’ve got a few warm races up ahead.
‘Best race’ so far for Giedo van der Garde
The Dutchman finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in 14th place above both his teammate and both of the Marussia’s.
van der Garde felt his tyre management had improved, and said it was thhe “best day in F1 for me so far.”.
Mistakes cost Grosjean a podium finish
The Frenchman looked quick all weekend and during Sunday’s race he looked on course for a podium finish, until he got tangled up in a couple of incidents.
The first saw him make contact with Jenson Button, for which he received a 20 second post race penalty which didn’t affect his finishing position and the second saw him receive a drive through penalty for overtaking Felipe Massa while all four of his wheels were outside the track limits. Strangely Massa commented after the race that he felt Grosjean’s penalty was unjust and that he only had two wheels outside the track limits.
After the race the Lotus driver described it as the “one that got away.”, he wasn’t wrong there.
Heat hampers Toro Rosso’s race
The warm track temperatures seemed to damage the Italian based teams race, with both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne finishing outside of the points.
After the race they both commented that the car wasn’t able to keep up with their “usual rivals”.
Ferrari still below their game
To say the season has been disappointing for Ferrari, and Alonso especially, would probably be an understatement.
The prancing horse is used to fighting for wins and championships, something which just hasn’t been possible for most of this year and the Hungarian Grand Prix was no different.
Alonso finished in fifth place, while teammate Massa brought the car home in eighth, nevertheless they both managed to pick up points.
Minor tantrums from Vettel
The triple world champion was unable to break the Hungary curse and seemed to be struggling around the Hungaroring.
He made his frustrations clear a couple of laps before the end of the race when he failed to pass Raikkonen and shouted on team radio that he hadn’t left him enough room and they responded saying they would speak to Race Director Charlie Whiting.
For all of those watching the race it was clear that Raikkonen had done no wrong and you could have parked a plane between the two cars. His reaction suggests that he’d had a frustrating race and was perhaps a subtle hint that the Finn won’t be his teammate any time soon.
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