Hungarian GP 2010: Webber Wins As Strategy Pays Off
Mark Webber took victory in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix thanks to a good strategy and some fantastic laps following a safety car period which turned the race from sedate to absolute chaos.
Fernando Alonso came home in 2nd place, a good points haul for the Ferrari driver while pole position sitter Sebastian Vettel failed to convert his grid place into a race win.
Hungarian Grand Prix are not known to be particularly exciting, and following the first few laps it looked like nothing would be different today. Jaime Alguerusari was an early retirement thanks to a major engine failure, and to add insult to injury the young Spaniard dropped oil all over the circuit.
Sebastian Vettel provided majority of the early entertainment with some scorching laps, pulling away from Fernando Alonso who had the pick of the starts slotting himself ahead of Mark Webber despite being on the dirty side of the grid.
Another notable start was from Vitaly Petrov, the young Russian who managed to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton. He slid off and threw that away though, but it was promising from him, we like his style.
On lap 13, a piece of Tonio Liuzzi’s front wing came off and a safety car was called out to retrieve it. Vettel’s lead was gone and everyone dived into the pits. Chaos ensued, with Robert Kubica being let out of his pit box straight into the path of Adrian Sutil. They collided, Kubica would later be penalised with a 10 second stop/go. While this was going on, Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes parted company with its rear right tyre which bounded down the pitlane at high speed, missing mechanics, hitting one and eventually being caught by a brave Sauber man. Unbelieveable stuff.
Mark Webber chose not to pit, and with some help from Vettel backing the pack up the Australian pulled away, his soft compound Bridgestone’s lasting longer and longer.
Vettel was then given a penalty for not staying close enough to the safety car, exceeding 10 car lengths. He had to serve a drive through penalty, something the young German was not happy about. He flailed his arms around like a baby throwing its toys out of the pram – not very sportsman like. Still, this meant he was now down to third and with easily the fastest car he set about chasing Fernando Alonso.
However despite catching him rather quickly, Vettel was unable to dispatch the Ferrari of Alonso and eventually finished 3rd. Alonso’s team mate, Felipe Massa, finished 4th a good points haul for the Scuderia.
Right at the end of the race we had an exciting battle with old wounds being opened, between Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. The Brazilian fought to get passed Schumacher, his former team mate and arch nemesis and with a handful of laps to go he tried to squeeze down the inside of Michael. Schumacher, in typical style, forced Rubens into a corner and gave him just enough room. At about 200mph, Barrichello was milimeters away from hitting the pitwall, a manoeuvre that he called “Erratic” and “Ridiculous”. However Schumacher defended the move, and has been handed a 10 place grid penalty for the next race.
Webber’s win puts him right back in it thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s break down. It means that Alonso too is only a matter of points away from the top, as Red Bull and Ferrari slog it out at the top. McLaren will certainly be hoping for a turn in their fortunes after the summer break.
|1||M. Webber||Red Bull Renault||1.41.05.571|
|3||S. Vettel||Red Bull Renault||+19.252|
|6||N. Hulkenberg||Williams Cosworth||+1.16.700|
|7||P. De la Rosa||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|8||J. Button||McLaren Mercedes||+1 lap|
|9||K. Kobayashi||Sauber Ferrari||+1 lap|
|10||R. Barrichello||Williams Cosworth||+1 lap|
|11||M. Schumacher||Mercedes||+1 lap|
|12||S. Buemi||Toro Rosso Ferrari||+1 lap|
|13||V. Liuzzi||Force India Mercedes||+1 lap|
|14||H. Kovalainen||Lotus Cosworth||+3 laps|
|15||J. Trulli||Lotus Cosworth||+3 laps|
|16||T. Glock||Virgin Cosworth||+3 laps|
|17||B. Senna||Hispania Cosworth||+3 laps|
|18||L. di Grassi||Virgin Cosworth||+4 laps|
|19||S. Yamamoto||Hispania Cosworth||+4 laps|
|L. Hamilton||McLaren Mercedes||25||Gearbox|
|N. Rosberg||Mercedes||17||Wheel Failure – Pitlane|
|A Sutil||Force India Mercedes||17||Pitlane Incident|
|J. Alguersuari||Toro Rosso Ferrari||2||Engine Failure|
Penalties – Post Race
|M. Schumacher||10 Place Grid – Next Race||Dangerous Driving|
|Mercedes Benz||$50,000 Fine||Wheel falling off Rosberg’s Car|
|Renault||$50,000 Fine||Releasing Kubica into Sutil’s path causing accident in pit|
This entry was posted on August 1, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix, Bruno Senna, Budapest, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Hungaoring, Hungarian Gp, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungary F1, Jaime Alguersuari, Jarno Trulli, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica, Rubens Barrichello, Timo Glock, Vitaly Petrov.