The Hungarian GP was one of the best races of the season, with huge swings of fortune, five different race leaders and a grandstand finish – the three leading cars were separated by less than a second, with a few laps to go.
There were a number of standout performances, but who caught your eye the most? Who was your Driver of the Day?
Ricciardo took his second win of the season and a very satisfying one too. He dropped two places at the start but then benefited from the first safety car – and the mistake of staying on intermediate tyres by McLaren – to lead. From here he always had a good chance to win. He was on a three stop strategy that wasn’t helped by the second safety car, nor by an ERS malfunction around lap 44, but he fixed it and attacked on new tyres at the end and caught and passed Hamilton and Alonso for the win.
The Spaniard was two laps away from winning a Grand Prix for Ferrari in an otherwise depressing season for the ‘Reds. Alonso’s start was spectacular as always, making up for the lack of qualifying pace in the car. He maintained a strong pace and then took a huge gamble to run 32 laps to the finish on a set of soft tyres, without stopping again. He held off the Mercedes for second place.
From the pit lane start to the podium, a stunning result, but once again the fastest car in the field didn’t win the race and Hamilton knows that reliability issues again hurt his chances of a win. He progressed quickly, after an initial off due to cold brakes. He was able to pass cars more aggressively than Rosberg – Vergne for example, whom Rosberg could not pass. he went for a long stint on mediums and gave something away on pace as a result, but did get longevity with a 31 lap final stint.
Had it all under control at the start, but got on the wrong side of the first safety car and from there it was a struggle. Still had a chance to come back and win the race on a 3 stop strategy, but lost places due to stopping after the second safety car when the field was bunched up and also not being able to pass Hamilton, despite a team order.
Seventeeth to sixth at the flag – another classic Raikkonen recovery, after a howler by Ferrari in qualifying which cost him massively.
Jean Eric Vergne
The final result of 9th will be a minor footnote in history, but Vergne was mighty today, running at the front after the first safety car and resisting Rosberg, who could not pass him. On a similar strategy to Alonso, he was second behind the Spaniard at mid distance, but stopped earlier into traffic and didn’t have the pace to get back.