F1 Driver of the Day: Hungarian GP


The Hungarian Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton win for a third time at the Hungaroring, equalling his great idol Ayrton Senna's record at the circuit.

However, the Brit was made to work for his victory as Sunday afternoon again demonstrated the electrifying pace of the Lotus E20.

Hamilton, similarly to Fernando Alonso last weekend in Hockenheim, controlled the race from the front despite coming under increasing attack from quicker opposition. After experiencing many woes from grid starts this season, Hamilton nailed it off the line and didn't crack under the pressure of an unexpected second formation lap.

The McLaren driver consistently responded to the frighteningly quick lap times of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen and made Kimi's efforts to distract him in the closing laps look wretched.

Raikkonen matched his best result of the season from Bahrain to finish second. The Finn began the race fifth on the grid and made his strategy work to perfection to work his way onto the podium.

But team-mate Grosjean displayed a face of thunder after the race, clearly frustrated at being beaten by Raikkonen. The Frenchman had spells where a pass on Hamilton looked imminent but two mistakes in as many laps cost him dear.

It's not often we see Sebastian Vettel move backwards from his grid position but the Red Bull appeared inconsistent throughout the race to finish fourth. Despite claiming the fastest lap of the race with a 1m 24.136s, the World Champion lacked the killer instinct to grab a podium.

Fernando Alonso had a quiet afternoon in the Ferrari but managed to beat the sister McLaren of Jenson Button to finish fifth. Button pulled a move on Vettel on the opening lap but faded slowly as the race went on.

Bruno Senna answered recent criticism with a seventh place finish. The Brazilian had a reasonably uneventful race but did beat Mark Webber's Red Bull. Webber, who was the shock exit from Q2 on Saturday, predicted the cars running in front would pick up severe tyre ware toward the end of the race but could not pick up the positions expected.

Felipe Massa had another solid weekend in ninth and Nico Rosberg came from the depths of the mid-field for the second week running to take tenth.

As for the day's unsung hero and a wildcard to throw into the mix, Charles Pic in the Marussia enjoyed a decent afternoon as he beat both HRT drivers and once again had the legs on his team-mate Timo Glock to continue his solid progression in Formula One.

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