Most people expected from a race at a track where you can’t overtake that it will be a boring race. But if you think or hope that it will be a boring race, the race god comes and crosses your plans.
Sebastian Vettel’s race started perfectly. He did a good start kept the lead and ran away from Alonso… he was about 1 second per lap faster than the Spaniard and after some laps he had already a gap of 12 seconds. Everything seemed that nothing can happen that he doesn’t win this race. But then a Force India lost a huge part of its frontwing and the safety car came out. The drama of Sebastian Vettel began and the furniture at the Energy Station started getting scared.
Vettel almost passed the pit entry but luckily managed very closely to go in and take new tyres when the safety car went out on the track. Almost all other driver did the same, except Mark Webber and Rubens Barrichello. For the Aussie it was definitely a perfect decision…
So after the tyre changes, Webber was leading the race followed by Vettel and Alonso. Seb had some problems with the team radio and didn’t know that the safety car came in. He just noticed it when he saw Webber accelerating. For sure this shouldn’t have been a problem, if the gap between Webber and Vettel wouldn’t have been longer than 10 car length…
And as our dear FIA sees EVERYTHING (or get told everything by MOANING drivers, I won’t say names now) Vettel got a drive through penalty for this. In my opinion this penalty was ways to harsh and I am very sure that other drivers (especially those in red or silver cars) would have got a fine of some thousandth dollars (which means peanuts in F1 business) if it’s a red car , or a reprimation if it’s a silver car…
Anyways Seb had to accept the penalty even if he couldn’t understand why he got it, as he asked on the team radio why he got it and he did some hand signs in the pitlane too… Luckily he came out in front of Massa so in 3rd position.
But Webber was flying… He was still on soft tyres and drove out a huge gap to Fernando Alonso of more than 20 seconds. As he needed about 18.5 seconds to make his pitstop he could stay ahead and won the race without problems.
Behind the dominating Webber, Vettel was trying to come close enough to Alonso so that he could try to overtake him. Normally this shouldn’t have been a problem as the Red Bull of Seb is much faster than the Ferrari but there are though 2 little problems. First, it’s almost impossible to overtake on the Hungaroring, second the Red Bull has one weakness: straight line speed and the only spot where you maybe can try to overtake is after the start/finish straight which is extremely long there. So Vettel finished the race 3rd.
For sure a victory would have been better points for the drivers championship chances of Vettel but as the former WDC leader Lewis Hamilton didn’t finished the race and his teammate and former runner-up in the WDC finished only 8th, it were important points to close the gap.
Would someone have thought that there will be so much action in the pitlane?? I think no. First Rosberg lost a wheel when he just left his mechanics; this wheel flew to Williams and hit there a mechanic who was in hospital afterwards. Few moments later, Kubica and Sutil crashed as Kubica wanted to leave the pits and Sutil wanted to go take new tyres. Kubica got a stop and go penalty for unsafe release.
Another dangerous situation was when Schumacher nearly pushed Barrichelo into the wall while the Brazilian was trying to overtake his former teammate. The German will get a 10 places grid penalty for the next race, which will be his home- and favourite race at Spa-Francorchamps.
The biggest winner of this week was definitely the FIA. They earned last week 100,000 $ from Ferrari as this was their penalty for blaming the sport with team orders. And this weekend first Force India got a fine of 5,000 $ for mixing up tyres, then Mercedes got today a 50,000$ fine for not fixing correctly Rosberg’s tyre and Renault got the same fine for the very unsafe release of Kubica. So in total the FIA earned 205,000$ in 8 days, excluding the fines for speeding in the pitlane during the free practices. A nice pocket money…
In the end, I just want to congratulate Webber for his win in his 150th GP and in Red Bull Racing’s 100th GP. As I mentioned in the title, it was only one winner, as Sebastian Vettel lost the win through a dubious penalty…
Well now it’s first of all the summer break ahead of us… as usual it will be a hard month without Formula 1. You don’t know how to survive this month?? We have the solution: we will bring you loads of F1 stuff during the break so you won’t get bored of the absence of F1!!
And if this is still not enough, we would really appreciate it if you could help us to make Sebastian Vettel a nice gift at Spa!!! You can read how you can join it here https://vettelfanatics94.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/sebs-present-sebs-geschenk/ and if there are still questions, don’t fear to ask me on twitter ( @vettel_fan94 ) or send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
So the next race weekend will be at Spa and it will be a very special weekend for Banu and me as we will visit the Belgian Grand Prix together!! So you can expect very hyper and great blogposts of the Grand Prix on the amazing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading and stay with us the next weeks!
See you later,
Your jenny xoxo