Ferrari paid the price for a slow stop at the Hungaroring while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen blew a fuse after a power failure
Having made three strategic errors this season, the pressure has been on the Mercedes pit wall. With qualifying crucial in Hungary they were on top of their game in a chaotic wet session. Tyre choice at the right time was key and it was by no means easy. The team handled it well and ensured their drivers were on the right rubber at the right time. After this it was Lewis Hamilton who was once again exceptional. As Mark Webber pointed out, on his pole lap he took the inside line for traction on the penultimate corner. Always looking for the extra grip and where a driver’s feel makes all the difference, Hamilton was in a class of his own, as he was in the wet at Monza last year. Sebastian Vettel in contrast looked almost tentative, even in comparison to Kimi Räikkönen. Perhaps the shadow of Germany still loomed large?
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