2015 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Review

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On Saturday, we saw Lewis Hamilton taking Pole Position for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Before the race even began, we had to have another formation lap due a suspected start procedure mishap. It then turned out that Felipe Massa was out of position on the grid which caused this and is now being investigated by the stewards. But this extra formation lap will then out to one of the racing laps which means the race will be 69 laps instead of 70 laps.

Sebastian Vettel leads the 2015 Hungarian GP into the first corner. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sebastian Vettel leads the 2015 Hungarian GP into the first corner. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

The Hungarian Grand Prix is underway! Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton get away okay but it is Sebastian Vettel who got a great start as well Kimi Raikkonen. As we head into the first corner, Vettel passes Hamilton and takes the lead of the race.

Lewis Hamilton goes off the circuit on the opening lap of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton goes off the circuit on the opening lap of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Into Turn 2, Kimi Raikkonen passes Nico Rosberg in a great move to get into second place. Daniel Ricciardo has had a bad start but Lewis Hamilton’s start gets worse, he then goes off the track into the chicane at Turn 6 after trying to defend against Nico Rosberg and is able to continue in the car but is now in tenth place.

Sebastian Vettel leads the early stages of the 2015 Hungarian GP. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sebastian Vettel leads the early stages of the 2015 Hungarian GP. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lap 2 sees Vettel leading Raikkonen by 1.3 seconds. Into the first corner, Nico Hulkenberg passes Daniil Kvyat for track position. Lap 4 sees the stewards announce that Massa will receive a five place grid penalty for being out of position on the grid during the formation lap which he will have to serve when he pits.

Lap 6 sees Massa and Hamilton battling for ninth place and Kvyat and Ricciardo battling for sixth place; with the Red Bull team instructing them not to hold each other up but they can race each other. Two laps later sees Kvyat letting Ricciardo go through and is now catching Nico Hulkenberg on track for fifth place.

On Lap 10, Ricciardo with a brilliant move into Turn 1 passes Hulkenberg for fifth place in the race. Meanwhile at the same corner, Hamilton is wheel to wheel with Massa; with their rear tyres touching and is able to pass him for ninth place. There is a battle on track between Perez and Hamilton for eighth place.

Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez for eighth place on Lap 13 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez for eighth place on Lap 13 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lap 13 sees Hamilton able to pass Perez for eighth place on the track with a great move at Turn 1. At the end of the lap, Valtteri Bottas and Kvyat pit for new tyres. At the end of Lap 14, Massa takes his time penalty and pits for new tyres and Verstappen and Grosjean pit for new tyres. By Lap 17, Vettel is still leading Raikkonen by 2.7 seconds.

Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado collide on Lap 19 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado collide on Lap 19 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

The next lap sees Kvyat passing Maldonado for eighth place. Lap 19 sees a part of Raikkonen’s front wing come off the car after taking some kerb exiting Turn 6 and will now need to pit for a new front wing. On the same lap, we see Perez and Maldonado coming together into Turn 2 which sees Perez spinning around and being able to get back onto the track.

Perez tries to pass Maldonado from the outside, Maldonado defends his line and pushes him away from him; with the two drivers touching which caused the spin but Perez was able to continue on during the race.

With both of the Mercedes drivers pitting on Lap 20 and Lap 21, will they achieve the undercut and be ahead of Ferrari once their drivers make their pitstops? At the end of Lap 21, Vettel pits for new tyres and hands the lead to his team mate.

Lap 22 sees the stewards announce that they will be investigation with Perez and Maldonado to see who caused the collusion between them three laps earlier. There is now a battle between Ricciardo and Hamilton for fourth place on the track. The stewards announce that there will be an investigation between Massa and Grosjean for unsafe releases in the pit lane.

Sebastian Vettel regains the lead of the Hungarian GP after his first pitstop. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sebastian Vettel regains the lead of the Hungarian GP after his first pitstop. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

The next lap sees Vettel regaining the lead of the race ahead of Raikkonen by 6 seconds as the battle between Ricciardo and Hamilton increases on the circuit. The stewards announce that Grosjean will receive a five second time penalty for an unsafe release and that Maldonado will receive a drive through penalty for causing a collusion with Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton battling each other for fourth place on Lap 30. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton battling each other for fourth place on Lap 30. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lap 29 sees Vettel leading Raikkonen by 7.2 seconds. On the main straight, Hamilton gains the momentum and is able to pass Ricciardo cleanly for fourth place in order to get as many points as possible in a difficult race so far for him. There is a battle for eighth place between Kvyat and Verstappen.

Nico Hulkenberg suffers the loss of his front wing on Lap 43 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Nico Hulkenberg suffers the loss of his front wing on Lap 43 of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Ten laps later and Vettel leads the field by 9.1 gap. On Lap 41, Raikkonen states to his team via the radio that he is losing power on his car and believes that it could be an MG-UK problem. Lap 43 sees Hulkenberg losing his front wing off his Force India and hitting the barrier which then brings out the virtual safety car to recover his car off the circuit and Hulkenberg gets out of the car safely. At the end of the lap, both the Mercedes drivers pit.

Lap 44 sees the safety car being deployed as the marshals to recover the debris that as been scattered on the track from Hulkenberg losing his front wing quite scarily the previous lap before. The next lap sees race control announcing that the grid will have to come on through the pitlane in order to clear the debris on the track.

Lap 49 and we are back racing! Into the first corner, Rosberg passes Raikkonen for track position and Ricciardo passes Hamilton for track position. But Hamilton and Ricciardo come together which sees Ricciardo going wide but is able to rejoin the race. Hamilton is then passed by Kvyat, is able to repass him and there is himself, Kvyat and Massa three abreast going into Turn 5 with Hamilton losing to Bottas as well and is now in seventh place.

Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo battling each other for third place in the latter stages of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo battling each other for third place in the latter stages of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Meanwhile, Bottas gets a puncture on his right rear and is now limping back to the pits. Two laps later, we see Ricciardo passing Raikkonen at Turn 1 for third place. Kvyat is now gaining himself on Raikkonen and is catching him quickly. At the end of Lap 52, Hamilton pits for a new front wing; just as the stewards announce that Sainz Jr is being investigated for speeding while the Safety Car was deployed.

We see an battle between Alonso and Sainz Jr on the track; where Sainz Jr gains the upper hand on his fellow countryman and the stewards announce that Ricciardo and Hamilton are under investigation for causing a collusion.

Kimi Raikkonen pits on Lap 53 just when the stewards announce that he is under investigation for speeding in the pitlane and with his pitcrew getting his Ferrari engine going again, he heads back onto the race track. The stewards also announce that Maldonado is being investigated for speeding in the pitlane.

Nico Rosberg catching Sebastian Vettel in the latter stages of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Nico Rosberg catching Sebastian Vettel in the latter stages of the race. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Lap 54 sees Rosberg catching Vettel and has reduced his lead to 0.5 seconds. The stewards announce that Hamilton will receive a drive through penalty for causing a collusion with Ricciardo. Sergio Perez officially retires from the race. Hamilton serves his drive through penalty at the end of the lap.

The battle for the lead hots up as Rosberg is catching Vettel and Ricciardo is quickly catching the pair of them up too. The stewards then announce that Verstappen has a drive through penalty for speeding behind the safety car. The next lap sees Kimi Raikkonen officially retiring his Ferrari from the race after a good performance today during the race.

Jenson Button after passing Carlos Sainz on Lap 59 of the race. All rights reserved to XPB.

Jenson Button after passing Carlos Sainz on Lap 59 of the race. All rights reserved to XPB.

Lap 58 sees the stewards announce that Maldonado has another penalty for speeding in the pitlane. On the track, Jenson Button passes Sainz Jr for eighth place on the track. Sainz Jr appears to be suffering with a power issue which is helping Maldonado gain ground on him.

We see a hatrick of investigations with Maldonado who is now being investigated for overtaking while the Safety car was deployed earlier in the race. Lap 61 sees Sainz Jr officially retiring from the race with suspected power and engine problems.  Hamilton is then able to pass Felipe Nasr on the home straight for tenth place.

Two laps later sees Hamilton passing Button into Turn 1 for eighth place. The next lap sees Daniel Ricciardo passing Nico Rosberg into Turn 1 for second place, Rosberg then comes back to defend and pass Ricciardo and both of the cars touch each other with bits of bodywork flying off the car. The stewards then announce that Kvyat and Hamilton are under investigation for track limits and gaining an advantage.

Nico Rosberg suffers a left rear puncture as a result of his collusion with Daniel Ricciardo

Nico Rosberg suffers a left rear puncture as a result of his collusion with Daniel Ricciardo. All rights reserved to LAT.

As a result of the incident between Ricciardo and Rosberg, Rosberg suffers a puncture on his car on the left rear and is now limping back to the pits.  At the end of the lap, both drivers pit. Lap 65 sees Kvyat receiving a ten second time penalty added to his race time for leaving the track and gaining an advantage.

Lap 67 sees Hamilton is quickly gaining on Grosjean for position. Meanwhile the stewards are now investigating the incident between Rosberg and Ricciardo. Grosjean then loses out to Hamilton for sixth place.

Sebastian Vettel wins the Hungarian GP ahead of Daniil Kvyat in second place and Daniel Ricciardo in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Sebastian Vettel wins the Hungarian GP ahead of Daniil Kvyat in second place and Daniel Ricciardo in third place. All rights reserved to Sutton Images.

Vettel leads Kvyat by 5.9 seconds on the final lap of the race. The stewards then announce that there will be no further action regarding Ricciardo and Rosberg. Vettel takes the chequered flag and wins his second race of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix with a fantastic performance in an action-packed and ever changing race.

Kvyat is a credible second 5.7 seconds behind Vettel and scores his first podium finish in the sport and is also the youngest driver to score a podium in the sport and Ricciardo is a great third 25 seconds behind Vettel.

Verstappen is a credible fourth 44.2 seconds behind Vettel, Alonso finished fifth 49 seconds behind Vettel, Hamilton was a credible sixth 52 seconds behind Vettel, Grosjean finishes seventh 58.5 seconds behind Vettel, Rosberg finished in eighth place 58.8 seconds from Vettel, Button finished in ninth place 1.07 seconds down on Vettel and Ericsson picked up the final point in tenth 1.09.1 seconds behind Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship with 202 points, Rosberg is second with 181 points, Vettel is third with 160 points, Bottas is fourth with 77 points, Raikkonen is fifth with 76 points, Massa is sixth with 74 points, Ricciardo is seventh with 51 points, Kvyat is eighth with 45 points, Hulkenberg is ninth with 24 points and Grosjean is tenth with 23 points.

Mercedes lead the Constructors Championship with 383 points, Ferrari is second with 236 points, Williams are third with 151 points, Red Bull are fourth with 96 points, Force India are fifth with 39 points, Lotus are sixth with 35 points, Toro Rosso are seventh with 31 points, Sauber are eighth with 22 points and McLaren-Honda are ninth with 17 points.

Conclusion

I feel that McLaren have had an good race today after all their problems this weekend. With a double points finish for Alonso in fifth and Button in ninth shows that this weekend McLaren have had a small step with their performance and pace with the car. But the McLaren team have a lot of work to do in order to try and extract performance from their car that they need in order to get back to competitive ways once again as quickly as possible.

The biggest surprise this weekend for me was Verstappen getting third place in the race today. I do feel that Max drove a superb race to gain third today and it is very well deserved. He did a brilliant job today and has shown that despite not having the outright pace to challenge their rivals, he drove a great race to claim this result today.

Ericsson, Grosjean, Rosberg and Hamilton do deserve mentions. Firstly, Ericsson deserves a mention for most of the weekend with the car been able to extract a little bit more pace and performance. As I have already stated before, I believe that Ericsson managed to extract some performance from the car and was rewarded with a point for his efforts after everything that he encountered during the race.

Also, Grosjean did a credible job to finish ninth. Grosjean this weekend has managed to extract pace and performance from the car and I feel that the results that Grosjean achieved today will only spur on the Lotus team to try and keep this momentum going further into the 2015 season and try to catch the Lotus team for fifth in the Constructors Championship.

Rosberg battled his way through today to get eighth place today. He battled his way through the field and created some great overtaking moves to get there. Rosberg may not have had the weekend that he wanted with Mercedes after what his team mate has achieved today (and what happened in the race), but he did the best that he could do and picked up some more points for the team who have extended their lead over their rivals in the Constructors today.

Despite everything, Hamilton did a credible job to finish in sixth place today. His race may have been a challenging one but he battled through to get some points after showing form throughout the weekend and this will only motivate the team and himself further to keep this up as the season moves to Belgium in a few weeks time.

Ricciardo drove a solid race to get third place today. Even though Ricciardo didn’t manage to beat his team mate but we have seen Ricciardo showing why he was approached by Red Bull in the first place and that he is without a doubt a potential winner this season again if he can get everything together in a weekend.

Kvyat deserves a mention. He drove a solid race today to second place. He may not have won the battle with Vettel; and had to battle his way through but he did a great job to secure his first podium of his career and is the youngest driver to secure a podium. What a fantastic job from him and this will only give him more confidence as he goes on into the season.

All that is left to say about this race is that Vettel deserved to win today and he needed to in order to keep the battle going in the championship.  His driving was brilliant and controlled throughout the race. Ferrari has built on the results that they have gained so far this season with him and have shown that they are just the second best team on the grid at the moment.

Will Belgium in three weeks time be yet another race Mercedes will win? Or can their rivals catch up to them? And who will be leading the championship, will it be Rosberg or will it be Hamilton? Only time will tell!

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