After the high-octane race that was the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring, the Hungarian Grand prix at Hungaroring was tameish affair! Dramas started even before the race had started as pole-sitter Alonso was penalized for impeding teammate Hamilton in Qualifying. And that meant that Hamilton would start from pole whilst Alonso would start from sixth on the grid! And that very neatly played into Lewis Hamilton’s hands as he led from pole and scored his third victory of the season. Hounding him every inch of the race was Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen – who had started third but managed to jump ahead of second-placed Nick Heidfeld at the start. Kimi and Hamilton were in a league of their own as they rapidly pulled away and at one stage had a 40 second gap to third-placed Heidfeld.
The leaders’ teammates had a contrasting race as and embattled Alonso tried to forge his way ahead from 6th place but could only manage to finish 4th. Even worse-off was Ferrari’s Felipe Massa who started 14th after a miserable qualifying and only made up one place throughout the race to finish 13th! BMW had their best days with Heidfeld hanging onto the 3rd place from a rampant Alonso and Robert Kubica coming in 5th. Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher had a good outing and finished 6th. Willliams’ Nico Rosberg finished 7th and Renault’s best car was placed 8th – that of Heikki Kovalainen. Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli made up the top 10.
The race – albeit dull – had a few fiesty moments. Notable amongst them were the three sets of closely fought battles up and down the order. While at the lead, Kimi was close behind Hamilton but not enough so as to attempt a passing maneouvre and the gap between them closed to as little as 0.5 seconds at one time and awned to over 4 seconds sometimes. Some forty seconds behind this battle was the challenge for the last podium position as Alonso overtook Webber and Rosberg on the track and Ralf and Kubica over the pitstops and was closing in on Nick Heidfeld. But Heidfeld managed to hold him off and clinch the podium position for himself. The mid-field saw a different kind of battle as the Ferrari of Felipe Massa had to struggle for position with the Renault of Fisichella, the Willaims of Alex Wurz and at one stage, even the Super Aguri of Takuma Sato! They finished in that order.