Jenson Button takes a brilliant victory at the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 31, 2011

Jenson Button triumphed in Hungary, a momentous win as it was his 200th grand prix. McLaren nearly achieved a one-two finish but while Lewis Hamilton had led for the majority of the race, he misjudged and a tire strategy and was penalized.

Coming in at second place is world championship leader Sebastian Vettel who arrived at the finish line before Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and Hamilton. It was early on in the race that McLaren took the advantage.

Hamilton went after Vettel through the opening laps. On lap five, the lead changed as Vettel ran wide at Turn 2 and Hamilton pulled away. He soon widened a four-second lead over the championship leader, who then dropped Button at this point.

At laps 10 to 13, the leaders decided that the track was ready for slicks. Button benefited from coming in one lap sooner than Vettel. Button took second place into Turn 2 as he took advantage of his warmer tires and boosted confidence.

It was during this time that the same move was made by Mark Webber on Alonso. The Ferrari lost ground through the first corner on the opening lap but it was able to recover even if it experienced two minor trips off the road.

In the middle part of the race, the mood was calm and we saw Hamilton keep a considerable gap over Button, who had a similar 5s advantage back to Vettel, while Webber was able to fend off Alonso 10s behind them. Alonso chose to have his third pitstop early. He then took another set of super softs, while the other leaders, except Hamilton, shifted to the harder softs.

Topics: formula 1

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