Mark Webber scored a fortuitous race win at the Hungarian Grand Prix as pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel was given a drive-through penalty and could only finish third behind the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. Vettel was penalised for not staying within ten car-lengths behind the Safety Car when the race restarted, after it came out on lap 16 due to debris on the track. That dropped him behind Webber and Alonso and despite being the fastest car on track, he could not overtake Alonso.
Felipe Massa took 4th place, with rookies Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hulkenberg scoring their best results thus far with 5th and 6th places. Pedro de la Rosa was 7th for Sauber ahead of Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi. Rubens Barrichello took the last point in 10th place after a ding-dong battle with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.
Their battle for the sole point was one of the highlights of the race which also saw action happening in the pit-lane as Nico Rosberg’s right-rear tyre came loose after his pit-stop and bounced about the pit lane without causing any unduly harm to anyone. A few metres ahead, Renault released Robert Kubica right into the path of the Force India’s Adrian Sutil, who was just pulling in into his pit-box just ahead. The resulting collision ended their races and Renault face a further sanction for an unsafe release. As do Mercedes GP, for not securing the tyre properly on Rosberg’s car.
Webber’s victory vaults him to the top of the driver’s standings as the season heads into a three-week summer break. He overtakes Championship leader Lewis Hamilton who had to retire due to a gearbox problem on his McLaren. Vettel lies third in the standings ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. The gap between Webber and Alonso is just 20 points, which makes the championship battle all the more interesting. Over in the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull are tops, leading from McLaren by 8 points with Ferrari a further 66 points.