Webber grabs Hungary win after Vettel blunder

2010 Hungarian Grand Prix reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber scored his fourth win of 2010 in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He hit the front by staying out of the pits during an early safety car period, then built up enough of a gap to keep his lead ahead of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel.

His team mate was delayed by a drive-through penalty for failing to stay close enough to Webber behind the safety car.

There was much attention on Vettel at the start after his poor getaways in recent races. But he held first place this time and Alonso followed him through into second ahead of Webber.

With Alonso keeping Webber behind, Vettel stretched his lead very quickly, leaving them behind at the rate of a second a lap.

The safety car came out after Vitantonio Liuzzi lost part of his front wing and almost every car came into the pits at once. Webber was a significant exception, Red Bull gambling on him being able to build up enough of a gap over Alonso once the race had resumed to leapfrog the Ferrari.

But the busy pit lane had dangerous consequences. Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes shed its right-rear wheel, flinging it towards dozens of mechanics. It struck one Williams mechanic, but mercifully his injuries were light.

There was more chaos. Renault released Robert Kubica out of his pit box as Adrian Sutil ahead was swinging in to his.

The pair collided, putting Sutil out of the race, and Kubica retired later following a stop-go penalty. The stewards will investigate the incident further.

It was at the restart of the race where it all went wrong for Vettel. He allowed Webber to get too far ahead and the stewards later hit him with a drive-through penalty.

By the time he served his penalty he had built up enough of a gap to only lose one place to Alonso – though he also lost the opportunity to inherit his lead back from Webber.

A furious Vettel spent the rest of the race trying to get close enough to Alonso to make a move. His best opportunity came after the two split the Lotus drivers, allowing Vettel to get within half a second of his rival. But he ran wide at turn four and the moment was lost.

Felipe Massa had a quiet race to fourth. He moved up to the place when Lewis Hamilton retired early in the race with a loss of drive.

Hamilton had fallen behind Vitaly Petrov at the start but re-passed the Renault driver on the outside of turn two. He then took fourth off Massa during the pits before his car failed.

Petrov claimed fifth ahead of H???lkenberg – the last car not to be lapped by the flying Webber.

Jenson Button made a poor start from 11th place and fell as low as 15th. He managed to take one pace off Vitantonio Liuzzi and gained a few more places through the pit stops.

But he ended the races sandwiched between the Saubers and unable to pass Pedro de la Rosa. Kamui Kobayashi finished an impressive ninth having started on the back row.

Rubens Barrichello claimed the final point for tenth place and had to fight hard for it in a terrifyingly close encounter with Michael Schumacher – another matter the stewards are attending to.

All six of the new teams’ cars finished the race, with Heikki Kovalainen leading them in 14th behind Sebastien Buemi and Liuzzi.

Red Bull may have once again failed to convert a front row start into a one-two finish but they took enough points to claim the lead of the constructors’ championship and put Webber back ahead in the drivers’ title race. Food for thought for their rivals as they head into the summer break.

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  1. It’s pretty easy to pick out the McLaren fanboys – they’re the ones constantly complaining about the RB6. The only way the car is going to be deemed illegal is if the load test is changed, and that looks like what’s going to happen, probably thanks to the Whiners of Woking.

    This competition is unique to other motorsports in the fact that the constructors play as large a role as the drivers. The more limits you enforce on innovation, the more you kill the very concept of Forumla One.

    1. Is this the wing that Red Bull introduced (or half-introduced) in Silverstone? If so, they’re still going to be bleeding quick without it.

      Personally, I’d rather see them continue to use it and have the other teams develop similar devices for next year (or this year if they can).

      I would hate to see a test devised solely to remove a teams advantage. If the test is found to be poorly designed overall, and they improve it and the Red Bull fails, fine. If they improve it and the wing passes, even better. If they modify the test, the wing passes, and they modify the test again, that would be a disgrace.

      1. Thumbs up…exactly right.

  2. Not the best race of the season but many incident in the pit & one big one on the track between Barrichello & Schumacher.Happy to see Kobayashi on P9 though we didn’t see too much of him in the TV. Petrov had a good result I think this will be the drive which may keep his drive for the rest of the season in Renault.Bad luck for Hamilton but happy to see Massa there in P4.

  3. @young hamilton 05 – mclarens were the fastest but were the most unreliable on the grid.that remained true from race 1st to last. Cant say good development..you must develop on the area you are the weakest.
    06-it was all about ferrari and renault. Mclaren were invisible barring odd races.
    07-had a car which suited the slower corners while ferrari suited the faster ones and that remained true the whole season.but had the two best drivers.so had a chance to win both titles.but both ferrari and mclaren won equal races i think.so i dont think they developed faster then ferrari.both teams remained on equal terms.
    08-same pattern as 07. Except they had some ferrari parts in their car. They won the first race and ferrari won the last.
    09.-yes they were the best developer.
    10-redbull is easily the best developer.Till china they didnt have a much big advantage.But in spain they left the opponents gaping. The same in hungary.no team in the past decade i feel have challenged ferrari and mclaren

  4. Cont. Like red bull have. They have beaten both of teams in terms of developing as well as innovation.kudos to them.they beat the big guns in their own game and have left them sucking lollipops.last year we can grant ferrari and mclaren the benefit of doubt because they were caught out by rule changes and not having enough time to prepare a good car.but this year they have been beaten comprehensively

  5. To everyone saying ban stops under safety car…

    All this would do would see everyone stopping on like lap 4-5 at any track where SC’s are likely in order to get the stop out of the road, otherwise if a SC is deployed and you haven’t done your stop, your race is over…unless you have a 1-2 sec per lap advantage like RB did this weekend, which is rare at best.

    Yes, I agree with the safety arguments, but from a racing perspective, it would simply narrow the window for stops to the point where it would be ridiculous. I mean, I could see a car who qualifies badly stopping at the end of lap 1, hoping for a SC to get a free pit stop….

  6. Sumedh.

    As others have pointed out, yes, it’s quite true that Mclaren and Brawn introduced radical designs which effectively moved the aerodynamic goalposts. And in both cases they openly announced what they were going to do long before they did it.

    Red Bull have not done this. They have made no prior announcements of their intentions; submitted their designs for scrutineering, and had them passed by FIA as acceptable. All of which they are perfectly entitled to do.

    The only problem they will then have is that when other teams see that Redbull have exploited the letter of the rules in ways which deliberately break other rules ( like the definitive 85mm ground clearance rule ) those other teams will force FIA to intervene.

    In effect, what Newey and Redbull have done is to make naive assumptions about the perceptive powers of other highly skilled F1 technicians.

    There is no question that the RB6 is a staggeringly good racing car, with some quite exceptional design characteristics which make it the most significant F1
    design for many years. It’s handling qualities are simply unbelievable. But for Christian Horner to try to pretend that their rivals’severe examination of aspects of their radical designs is simply sour grapes
    is either disingenuous or, again very naive.

  7. Younger Hamilton
    2nd August 2010, 11:34

    McLaren should be much more stronger and competitive in Spa.The MP4-25 likes High speed corners much more better than low speed ones apparently from comments from Paddy Lowe,Lewis and Jenson throughout the season and evidence the way the McLaren is balanced through those corners.Plus the long Kemmel straight after Eau Rouge for a good efficent F-Duct use and other lots of short and long straights.Just to note that the MP4-24 suited low speed corners much better that High speed ones,a complete role reversal this year meaning i have a very bad feeling we are going to have another hungary-esq struggle in Singapore and possibly even in Interlagos for the Brazilian GP as well.McLaren,My advice is to move your front wing camera position to the centre of the wing,Apparently for more Downforce how funny is that it also means that you can reduce the main wing angle plus reducing drag and add two vertical slots to the endplates this helps improve airflow to the edge of the sidepods and hence meaning the diffuser can work more efficiently and produce more downforce.

  8. A superb drive by Webber to a win gifted by yet another mistake by Vettel. It seems obvious to me that Vettel’s action to hang back behind the safety car was to give Webber as big a lead as possible when it pulled in. The mistake he made was that he forgot the rule that required him to be within 10 cars lengths of the car in front. I do not believe his radio failed, I think he just made a bad call. This is not the first mistake he has made this year, Monaco comes to mind, as does Silverstone and Hockenheim where he pulled to the right at the start on to the dirty side of the track which allowed Massa on the clean side to get ahead into Turn 1.
    Back in the 39/45 War, pilots who made mistakes were said to have finger trouble, that is to say that at a time when they should have had two hands free, they had their index digit inserted on their individual fundamental orifice. Surviving pilots from that time will remember Air Clues, a monthly safety magazine that had the illustration of Pilot Officer Prune on the front cover with his index finger raised to show that at that moment his finger was extracted. Vettel’s habit of holding his index finger up could be taken to mean that he is demonstrating that at that moment his finger was out but one could believe that there have been other times this year when he was suffering from finger trouble. It has been said that by holding his finger up he was showing that he was Number 1 but somebody should tell him that he cannot be recognised as Number 1 until he has that number on the front of his car.
    There is another expression that is descriptive of persons who go beyond mere finger trouble, they are said to have their head inserted in the afore mentioned orifice with ears located in the bayonet slots reputed to be their for that purpose.
    Head up and locked. Ferrari maybe?

  9. Some time after this report was written it emerged Vettel had been asked to delay the field to help Webber.

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