Hungarian Grand Prix: facts and stats
It was hot, it was emotional and there was a British winner in Budapest – again. Here’s an instant catch up from F1 Racing‘s James Roberts…
Lewis Hamilton took his first win for Mercedes in the Hungarian GP with Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus) second and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) third. Hamilton has now won in every season of grand prix racing he has contested, since he came into the sport in 2007.
A place among the greats
In the last eight years Hamilton has been the only driver to win this race from pole position, doing so this year, in 2012 and 2007. His fourth victory at the Hungaroring, for two separate teams, equals the great Michael Schumacher’s achievements at this circuit.
When Lewis Hamilton completed his 70th lap he ensured that six of the last eight Hungarian GPs have been won by British drivers. And he completed the 306.63 km distance in 1hr 42m 29.445s at an average speed of 179.506kph.
Lap Nine laps from the finish, Red Bull’s Mark Webber recorded a 1m 24.069s lap (at an average speed of 187.603kph). Compare that with Lewis Hamilton’s 1m 19.388s pole position lap which was set on Saturday an average of 198.664kph.
Pitstop Sebastian Vettel’s pitstop on lap 11 stopped the clocks at 21.343 seconds (the quickest from pitlane entry to exit) just 0.111seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton’s pitstop 20 laps later. Pastor Maldonado’s was the slowest of the race, at 24.796 seconds.
Romain Grosjean received two penalties. First he was forced to complete a drive-through pits penalty after passing Felipe Massa at Turn 4 with all four wheels off the track. Then after the race he was awarded a 20 second time penalty for clashing with Jenson Button. But Button he failed to benefit because he finished 21.524 seconds behind Grosjean in the race, so the Lotus driver was able to hold on to sixth place.
German driver Adrian Sutil donned a special ‘100th GP’ helmet as the race was his 100th start in Formula 1. Sutil’s first race was the 2007 Australian GP for Spyker, the team which became Force India a year later. As a result, all of the German’s races have been with the Silverstone-based squad.
No longer pointless
Statistically it has been Williams’s worst season ever but the former title-winning outfit did manage to get off the mark on Sunday. Pastor Maldonado’s 10th place gave Williams their first championship points of the year. But his team-mate Valtteri Bottas notched up his first retirement of 2013 with hydraulics failure on lap 42.
Entering the summer break, Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers’ world championship by 38 points from Kimi Räikkönen. Behind the Finn the chase for second is closing up. Fernando Alonso is just a point behind, while Lewis is just nine points further back. It’s all to play for as the second half of the season gets under way on August 25 at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium.
Top 10 results (after 60 laps)
1 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team 1h 42m 29.445s
2 Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team +10.938s
3 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Infiniti Red Bull Racing +12.459s
4 Mark Webber (AUS) Infiniti Red Bull Racing +18.044s
5 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari +31.411s
6 Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team +52.295s*
7 Jenson Button (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +53.819s
8 Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari +56.447s
9 Sergio Pérez (MEX) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes +1 lap
10 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams F1 Team +1 lap
James Roberts is associate editor of F1 Racing and is writing regular blogs around the Formula 1 season – before and after each Grand Prix
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