Plus, the 50th anniversary of a very special Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton took his third win and pole double and tenth podium. Only Raikkonen fastest lap on the final lap of the race stopped him from netting his first ‘treble’. He is still yet to finish in a points-scoring position outside the top three.
Hamilton also led every lap – the first time that has happened this year. Kimi Raikkonen spent every lap in second and therefore finished in that position for the first time this year.
Following Fernando Alonso’s penalty we also saw a car other than a Ferrari or McLaren on the front row of the grid for the first time this year – Nick Heidfeld’s BMW.
Heidfeld repeated his third place from last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen and Felipe Massa both have 17 more points than they did after the 11th round last year. Alonso has 23 fewer.
Having won from 14th on the grid last year, Jenson Button never even ran as high as 14th before he retired from this year’s race. In fact, the highest place he occupied at any time was 18th.
Felipe Massa started from that 14th place this year – and finished 13th.
Hamilton’s win made it the second consecutive British triumph at the Hungaroring.
Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to race for two different teams in one season since Jarno Trulli raced for Renault and Toyota in 2004.
Vettel completed his first race for Toro Rosso – but team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi posted the team’s 14th DNF from 22 starts this year.
Nico Rosberg scored points for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix.
Adrian Sutil finished 17th for Spyker but crucially he was ahead of Honda’s Rubens Barrichello. That is the first time a Spyker has been a classified finisher in front of a car that was still running this year.
After Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella’s penalties, Robert Kubica was the only driver in the top ten to start the race from the positioned he qualified in.
Saturday qualifying was held on August 4th which was the 50th anniversary of Juan Manuel Fangio’s famous victory at the N?âãÆ?é??rburging.
Mark Webber out-qualified David Coulthard for the seventh race in a row.
If McLaren’s appeal is denied and they lose their constructors’ championship points while their drivers keep their points, it will be the first time it has happened since the 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix. On that occasion Michael Schumacher (Benetton) and David Coulthard (Williams) had finished first and second, but Elf fuel samples from their Renault-powered cars were found not to match the reference samples the FIA had. At an appeal court hearing, it was judged that, as the fuel found in the cars was legal, the drivers should not be punished, but the teams would.
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