Lewis Hamilton secured his second victory of the season with a defensive drive in an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix. Who was your Driver of the Day?
Topped the timesheets in both Friday practice sessions and carried that form into qualifying. Nailed two laps which were good enough for pole in Q3 to secure his 22nd career pole position and the 150th for McLaren. Made a good start and then contained Romain Grosjean for much of the race thanks to good tyre management. Soaked up huge pressure in the closing stages from Kimi Raikkonen, whose strategy lifted him up the field, to take his 19th career victory and second of the season. The result sees the McLaren driver cut championship leader Fernando Alonso’s lead by 15 points to 47.
Qualified fifth, three tenths slower than team-mate Grosjean who started second. Made a good start and employed an attacking strategy by using soft tyres for the first two stints of the race. Became a candidate for victory as he was able to make his scrubbed soft tyres last much longer than anyone else before putting in fastest laps which were consistently around 1.5 seconds faster than the leaders. Used fresher tyres to reel in Hamilton at the end of the race, but couldn’t find a way past and finished second.
Delivered his best ever performance in qualifying to start second on the grid alongside Lewis Hamilton and show Lotus had vastly improved its qualifying pace. Spent the race putting pressure on Hamilton but couldn’t find a way past. Used an attacking strategy by using the softer tyres in the middle stint. Lost time behind a longer running Fernando Alonso and eventually lost a place to team-mate Raikkonen before holding on to finish third.
Scraped his way through Q1 in 17th position, but showed that was just a blip by easing through to Q3. Looked on course for pole position before a mistake in the final sector lost him time and he ultimately started third. Lost a place to Jenson Button at the start. Showed good pace but was forced to stop three times – like Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber – which hampered his chances of victory. Battled with Button all race and passed him when the Brit was held up by Senna but couldn’t pass Grosjean and finished fourth.
Showed strong pace in Friday practice, spending much of the time in the top five, to outperformed Williams team-mate Pastor Maldonado. Continued to show that pace in qualifying, making Q3 for the first time this season and qualifying ninth. Made a good start and looked at home on the Hungaroring circuit as he used good strategy to climb up the field. Finished seventh overall, his second best result of the season, and six places ahead of his team-mate.