Hungarian GP: Webber claims fourth victory
Mark Webber wins the Hungarian GP ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton retires early with mechanical failure.
The 100th F1 Grand Prix for Red Bull Racing brought them their 13th victory in the series. However, they didn't get the Sebastian Vettel / Mark Webber one-two that they had been hoping for and everyone had been expecting. Instead, it was Webber who claimed the top podium spot, his fourth of the season and his sixth overall.
Yet at the start, it had looked like being a third victory of the season for his team-mate. Vettel held position on the first corner against a storming challenge from Fernando Alonso who nonetheless forced his way ahead of second-placed Webber. Webber remained in P3 until the safety car was deployed on the 14th lap. Initially, it looked as though he was out of luck, as he had already passed the entrance to the pit lane. Meanwhile, Vettel and Alonso had seen their opportunity and dived in.
Red Bull tried to compensate for this at the resumption, with Vettel stretching out the distance to the leading car of Webber and holding up Alonso who was just behind. The problem was that he exceeded the permissible ten car lengths to the vehicle ahead. This cost him a drive-through penalty which knocked him back to P3 and deprived him of almost certain victory. Vettel made his displeasure known with a few choice hand signals as he passed the pit wall.
On lap 14, the safety car was brought out to cover the removal of a vehicle component from the track. Jenson Button had just pitted and the leading bunch also used the opportunity to make the obligatory tyre change. Vettel's decision to stop was so late that he bumped over the kerbs to enter the pit lane.
After the race leaders had completed their stops, the pit lane descended into chaos. As Nico Rosberg was leaving the box, he lost his rear right wheel which then went spinning between the Sauber mechanics before bouncing up and down several times. It hit one of the Williams mechanics who was taken for a check-up at the Medical Centre.
Seconds after the incident with Rosberg's wheel, the Renault lollipop man released Robert Kubica into the path of Adrian Sutil who had just completed his own stop. The collision left Sutil with a broken suspension. Kubica was able to continue his race but then gave up after being given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty.
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