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GP Week : Issue 94
Seb says he lost his radio link at some early point in the race. Without an engineer in his ear, reminding him of all the Safety Car regs, he fell into a kind of trance as he followed Mark around, knowing that all he had to do was reel off the laps in order finally to secure another win. Seb failed to notice the Safety Car lights go out. And then suddenly, with two corners to go, Mark was powering away into the distance, apparently leaving Seb lagging behind and therefore holding up the rest. As I say, I can understand this. If you've relied on radios all your race career, sweet silence could easily lull you into error. The error resulted in a drive-through. The drive-through resulted in a P2 for Fernando and a P3 for Seb. And a win -- a fourth win this season -- for Mark Alan Webber. That's twice as many as any other driver has scored this season. He's also led 314 laps this season, or 125 more than his team-mate. This day won't have hurt his championship chances, although it's still much too early to be thinking of life post-Abu Dhabi. In Hungary, on a day when Seb was a little bit better just about every- where -- as Mark had been, say, in Barcelona -- Mark took advantage of the race variables and converted his opportunity into a win. That's also what great racing drivers do... Red Bull's speed was no surprise, although we shouldn't allow ourselves to become blasé. For the RBR to be that good around Hungary, much key space out there in an Engineers' Hall of Fame needs to be found for Adrian Newey. As a musician friend of mine remarked over the weekend, Adrian is nothing less than the Nelson Riddle of F1 design. And if that analogy means nothing to you, think of the biggest recording star of all time -- and then think of the man behind Frank Sinatra. Less predictable in Hungary, I think, was Ferrari's ongoing annihilation of Voda- fone McLaren-Mercedes, even if most of the pundits were in the build-up to the race forecasting a win for Fernando. Ferra- ri's catching-and-passing of McLaren has for me been the surprise of the year so far -- not because the Ferrari has ever been partic- ularly bad but because the McLaren from the start of the year looked to be a good car that was getting better with every new development. Now, since the advent of the blown diffuser (Hockenheim), McLaren seem to have slipped backwards -- backwards rela- tive to Ferrari, at any rate. Or have they? In Germany we first heard the new rumours about Ferrari's over-flexible front wings. In Hungary, McLaren's Martin Whit- marsh proclaimed pre-race, to the world at large, that his team had qualified first in the 'fixed-wing' class. Slow motion views of both the Ferrari and the Red Bull indeed show that their front wing end plates F1 FEATURE >> 25