Lewis Hamilton produced a commanding drive to win an exciting Hungarian Grand Prix and secure his first victory for Mercedes in a race which saw action all the way through the field.
Kimi Raikkonen used a two-stop strategy to finish an impressive second, holding off reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages.
Mark Webber put in another strong recovery drive to rescue fourth place in the Red Bull, having started 10th while Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had looked on course for podium but fell out of contention following a harsh drive-through penalty.
McLaren’s Jenson Button was involved in some good battles on his way to seventh and Pastor Maldonado scored Williams’ first point of the season with 10th – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Delivered a commanding performance to take his first victory for Mercedes and 22nd of his career. Got away cleanly from pole to lead into the first corner. Gradually built up a lead over Vettel before the first round of stops. Came out ahead of Vettel after his first stop but behind Button. Crucially passed his former team-mate quickly. Overtook Red Bull’s Webber twice in impressive fashion later in the race and managed his tyres well throughout to win at the Hungaroring for the fourth time in seven attempts and retain hopes of fighting for the title.
Continued his impressive run of points scoring finishes with second. Was passed by Felipe Massa at the start and struggled to find a way past the Ferrari driver, allowing the leaders to open up a lead. Managed his tyres well throughout the race which allowed him to do a two-stop strategy and leapfrog several drivers. Climbed up into second and then drove impressively to defend his position from Vettel, who was on fresher tyres, to secure his sixth podium in 10 races and reduce his deficit to Vettel in the championship.
Ran a different strategy to climb through the field and take fourth. Started 10th after Kers and gearbox problems in qualifying but made up a couple of places at the start and was the highest runner on the medium prime tyre. Led the race briefly and pumped in the lap times to allow him to pass several drivers during the stops. Had good battles with Hamilton but didn’t quite have the pace in the final stint, when he was on the soft option tyres, to catch team-mate Vettel for the final podium spot.
Drove another strong race but a harsh drive-through penalty robbed him of a podium chance. Made a good start from third on the grid, but couldn’t quite make up enough ground to pass Vettel for second. Pressured the Red Bull driver in the first stint but still couldn’t find a way through. Made a clumsy pass on Button at the chicane which resulted in a post-race penalty of 20 seconds. Put a good move on Massa but harshly given a penalty for completing the pass when off track and ultimately finished sixth.
Scored his seventh points finish of the season with a strong drive to seventh. Started 13th, but positioned himself well at Turn One and climbed up to eighth. Drove well to defend his position from Vettel in the early stages, showing that McLaren has made a step forward this weekend. Scored the team’s fourth double points finish of the season.
Scored the team’s first points of the season with 10th. Made a great start from 15th on the grid and gained a couple of places on the first lap. Made good progress throughout the race, showing good consistent pace in the second and third stints to rise up to 11th. Moved into 10th place when Nico Rosberg retired to score the team’s first points finish of the year.
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