Hungarian Grand Prix 2015

I haven’t posted anything about F1 for a while. This is probably the most apt race to discuss after that hiatus.

And what a race. They talked about the problems facing F1, how it was getting boring and stuff, then Silverstone and the Hungaroring threw the F1 self-deprecating rhetoric right out of the car.

Also, this makes for a perfectly fitting tribute for Jules Bianchi. I remember his really great fighting race to P9 in Monaco, and a chaotic, topsy-turvy race with plenty of overtaking and a track described as Monaco without walls? I’ll take it.

I can’t even begrudge Vettel winning this one, because he did all the rights things after a most brilliant start from both Ferraris. Through the safety car and the mess behind him, he drove calmly and quickly and won fair and square on pace. And for him to bring back the victory to Maranello, where Jules would’ve gone eventually? Fitting.

Kvyat came in second despite having plenty of problems of his own early in the race. It was more of a case of avoiding trouble, somewhat of an underrated skill. But he did, and even got back the place he gave to Ricciardo early in the race to let Daniel chase down other cars. A good first podium for him.

Ricciardo had the most race-y race I’ve seen from a Red Bull for a very long time, and reaffirms everyone’s opinion that he’s a brilliant F1 driver. It was unfortunate that Rosberg and him came together late in the race that way, relegating him to P3, but it’s still a stunning result for a struggling Red Bull in 2015, and he gave us plenty of entertainment during this mad GP.

In P4 was Max Verstappen, who stayed out of trouble as well, which is a massive result for the youngster. Alonso took P5 for McLaren, which is a huge boost for them in this terrible season they are having. Hamilton ended up in P6, but after a terrible start, going wide and losing places, then losing out at the restart and getting a drive-through…well, it’s not the worst thing to gain points on your closest championship competitor.

Grosjean managed to hold off Rosberg for P7, which is quite a good drive considering he was nailed with some penalty earlier in the race, one which I can’t remember because of the deluge of incidents and penalties. Rosberg was in P8 because of the puncture he got with Ricciardo, which I see as his own fault. He did something similar to Hamilton in Spa last year, albeit from behind instead of in front, and got punctured himself this time, but it just gives me the feeling that Rosberg just isn’t as good as the very best F1 drivers.

Button made it a double points finish for McLaren, which is great news for them, and Ericsson rounded up the top 10, with Nasr just behind him. Massa had a terrible race but still ended up P12, with Maldonado in P13 having been hit by no less than 3 speeding penalties, which are definitely all driver error. As much as I want to sympathise with Maldonado’s bad luck sometimes, his silly errors make me rethink my position on him.

Bottas trailed home P14, and I have no idea what happened to him. Merhi beat Stevens to P15, although I believe Will was classified despite having retired late on in the race. Carlos Sainz and Raikkonen both retired due to mechanical issues, but poor Hulkenberg got a big shunt into the tyre wall when his front wing failed and tucked underneath his car. Perez was retired for safety issues I believe, but it’s quite scary especially with the news of Bianchi’s passing so recent. That’s not even considering the flipping accident due to a broken suspension for Perez, and the same wing failure for Raikkonen in practice.

A race with all the thrills and spills we needed, but it goes away for another 3 weeks before we hit Spa, a classic track. Hamilton just about keeps his lead, while Vettel has vaulted himself back into the championship talk. Hungary has always been a great race to watch, but this one has special meaning to add to the insanity that unfolded.

Forza Jules.

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