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GP Week : Issue 225
Perfection is perhaps the best word to describe sebastian Vettel’s race in Hungary. From the moment the lights went out till the flag dropped, Vettel didn’t put a wheel wrong and recorded a solid if unlikely victory. It was a little like Malaysia in that regard. Vettel didn’t have the fastest car but when the opportunity arose he was able to seize it. It could have been a Ferrari 1-2 had it not been for Kimi Raikkonen’s hybrid failure towards the end of what was a chaotic race. Vettel was the universal constant throughout. He and Raikkonen got away well, at the second attempt after Felipe Massa pulled up short in his grid slot to start with, and some combative driving from Raikkonen on the opening lap saw the pack headed by two red cars. It was the second race in succession that both Mercedes had been caught out at the start but while they were able to recover in Silverstone there was to be no such repeat in Hungary. Lewis Hamilton’s race was one of the worst he’s driven in Formula One while Nico Rosberg’s wasn’t much better. With cars that should have won the race at a canter it was a dismal result for the Brackley squad. Hamilton’s day was summed up well by his opening lap. The championship leader ran off the track at the turn eight chicane, dropping from fourth well into the midfield, at which point his race was about salvaging points. There was contact with Daniel Ricciardo later in the race, for which he was harshly dealt a drive- through penalty, and while he still managed to finish ahead of teammate and championship rival Nico Rosberg his disappointment was clear. Hamilton was thrown a lifeline courtesy of Nico Hulkenberg’s retirement. Force India had an inexplicable weekend which started 22 GPWEEK.com // 22 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> HUNGARY PARTNERS: