Hungary’s Hungaroring is my favourite F1 track.
It has a reputation for being a dull race, with not a lot of overtaking, but as they say in F1, you never know until the checkered flag waves.
Sunday’s race was the 10th of the season and they’ll now go into the summer break so it’ll be three weeks before the next race, but a Ferrari win after a gripping 69 laps was just SO cool!
The race started with a very touching tribute to Jules Bianchi. He was involved in a horrendous, freak accident at Suzuka last year, and he passed away this month.
He was a good driver, destined to race for Ferrari, and the Hungarian Grand Prix was dedicated to him, with the drivers paying tribute with his name on their helmets or their cars.
Bianchi is the first driver to lose his life in a race-related incident since Ayrton Senna’s death in 1994, which is an incredible testament to the safety of F1.
After two warmup laps, the green lights went out and my heart nearly stopped when my beloved red fire engines (BRFE) with Vettel and Raikkonnen rocketed into P1 and P2 off the start, and Hamilton dropped to 10th when he went wide and through the kitty litter (blaming Rosberg for it)!
I’m not a Hamilton fan.
The rest of the race was thrilling indeed. Loads of overtaking, wheel-to-wheel battles for position, time penalties for race incidents, followed by a podium like we’ve never seen – a Ferrari and two Red Bulls!
Force India’s Hulkenberg’s front wing literally fell off and then shattered under his car on lap 40, sending him into the tyre barriers and bringing out the safety car. It’s a wonder his car didn’t take off considering it was doing over 300kph at the time! He was uninjured, and the team changed the nose on teammate Perez’s car, just in case.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari retired on lap 56 after he’d been in second for most of the race. The poor guy’s had some shitty luck this season.
The McLaren’s scored 12 points, largely due to penalties served by other drivers, but they need the points.
Despite their domination of the practice and qualifying, Hamilton and Rosberg finished 6th and 8th after losing their front row start to my BRFEs. After Hamilton went wide on the first lap, he had to serve a penalty later for running into Ricciardo, and then Rosberg tangled with Rissicardo later in the race too, coming off second best.
Maldonado maintained his reputation for being a bit of a nut with no less than THREE time penalties
Nasr and Ericsson in the Saubers battled each other throughout the race and were both in the points until the Mercedes recovered and pushed them down to 10th and 11th.
Williams wasn’t doing too badly, even after Massa caused a second formation lap after stopping out of position the first time, but Bottas lost position due to a sliced rear tyre after a collision with Verstappen.
Vettel’s win put my BRFE on the podium again, and it meant he equalled Ayrton Senna’s 41 wins.
In my head, the German anthem is immediately followed by the Italian anthem, after all the years of Michael Schumacher winning with Ferrari, and it was really awesome to hear it like that again after my favourite race.
Hamilton still leads the championship race with 202 points, followed by Rosberg with 181 and Vettel with 160.
And now we wait for the next race.