• Hungarian Grand Prix

Post-race driver rundown

Laurence Edmondson August 1, 2010

Mark Webber - 1st
He benefitted from his team-mate's mistake but that shouldn't take anything away from his victory. His pace on the soft tyres was very impressive and, apart from the start, he barely put a wheel off line. He now leads the drivers' championship heading into the summer break and that will give him a huge psychological boost.

Fernando Alonso - 2nd
Beating a Red Bull was always the target for Ferrari today. He soaked up pressure from Webber in the first half of the race and then from Vettel in the second half and didn't make a single mistake. He is now 20 points off the championship lead, a surmountable gap if Ferrari can maintain its rate of improvement over the final seven races and Red Bull slip up.

Sebastian Vettel - 3rd
After leading out of the first corner he should have won this race with ease. In the cold light of day he will realise that he broke a rule through a lack of concentration. He can only hope he doesn't end up ruing that error at the end of the season.

Felipe Massa - 4th
Not quite the defiant drive many had hoped for after Germany. He didn't do much wrong but if he had been really on his game he would have been close enough to Alonso to benefit from Vettel's penalty too.

Vitaly Petrov - 5th
The stand-out result of his career. He beat Kubica in qualifying and then made a lightning start to put himself in contention for serious points. He gave away a position to Hamilton a little too easily early on, but in the end it didn't matter.

Nico Hulkenberg - 6th
Another career best finish for one of F1's rookies. He benefitted from the safety car period and after that slotted into position ahead of his rivals.

Pedro de la Rosa - 7th
On a circuit where expectations were low for the Sauber team, it did very well. De la Rosa was another driver to win big during the safety car period and that set him up for a good points haul.

Jenson Button - 8th
He struggled with the car all weekend but the result could have been a lot worse. At the end of the first lap he was 15th and it was only McLaren's quick thinking when it saw debris on the track that allowed him to get into the points with a well-timed pit stop.

Kamui Kobayashi - 9th
An incredible drive that saw him go from the back row of the grid to ninth overall. It was mostly thanks to a good start and the safety car but, unseen on TV, he also overtook Schumacher. The move proved to be crucial as he could then avoid coming under attack from Barrichello at the end of the race.

Rubens Barrichello - 10th
His strategy to start on hard tyres didn't pay off due to the safety car but he still managed to secure a good result for his team. He was also involved in one of the biggest talking points of the race when Schumacher pinned him against the pit wall during an overtaking move. Schumacher was quite rightly penalised and Barrichello will be absolutely delighted to have pulled one over on his ex-Ferrari team-mate.

Michael Schumacher - 11th
Even after three years away from the sport to reflect on his controversial career, he still appears to have a completely different moral code to the rest of the F1 grid. He had a bad weekend, but risking putting Barrichello in the wall was never going to help. He was quite rightly handed a 10-place grid penalty for Spa in four weeks' time.

Michael Schumacher squeezes Rubens Barrichello towards the pit wall © Sutton Images
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Sebastien Buemi - 12th
Another driver to complain about Schumacher after the race, this time for a move the German pulled on the opening lap. For the most the race he held off Tonio Liuzzi behind him.

Tonio Liuzzi - 13th
He damaged his front wing in the first corner and when it eventually worked its way loose it caused a safety car period. By stopping for a nose cone change he dropped to the back of the established teams and, with overtaking nearly impossible, that's where he finished.

Heikki Kovalainen - 14th
He won the race of the new teams after a tight battle with his team-mate at the end of the race. Both Lotuses gained during the safety car period and being the first to pit gave Kovalainen the advantage over Trulli.

Jarno Trulli - 15th
He rounded off a good weekend for Lotus and proved that he was just as quick as Kovalainen by catching up with him after the pits stops.

Timo Glock - 16th He qualified ahead of the Lotuses but lost several positions in turn one. As a result he was the second of the two Virgins to pit and had to stack behind Lucas di Grassi. From that point onwards he had a very lonely race on the circuit where he secured his first F1 podium two years ago.

Bruno Senna - 17th
To finish was an accomplishment, but to finish ahead of a Virgin and be on the same lap of as Glock and the Lotuses was a minor triumph. In the end he had a very straightforward race.

Lucas di Grassi - 18th
He actually exited the pits during the safety car ahead of the two Lotuses but was forced to return for a second stop with a loose wheel. It could have been a fantastic result but instead he finished four laps down on the winner.

Sakon Yamamoto - 19th
He opted for the hard tyres from the start and as a result was never in contention with the other new-team drivers. In the end his afternoon turned into a data gathering test for the team.

Lewis Hamilton - DNF
It was another weekend for damage limitation and things started well. By the end of the pit stops he was up to fourth and may have just been able to sneak ahead of Vettel after the German's penalty had he not retired with a rare gearbox problem. The wider ramification is that he is now second in the championship and in the third fastest car. McLaren needs to find a big improvement before Spa.

Robert Kubica - DNF
Hungary is the first race weekend this season where he has been shown up by his team-mate. Out-qualified on Saturday and then beaten to the first corner, things weren't going well for Kubcia right from the start. He was then released into the path of Sutil during his pit stop and the resulting collision ruined his race. He received a stop-go penalty as a result, but by that point it was all rather trivial. Suspension damage from the pit lane clash forced him to retire.

Nico Rosberg - DNF
Another victim of a rushed pit stop, Rosberg left his box without his wheel properly bolted on. Had his crew got it right he would have been looking at a points finish.

Adrian Sutil - DNF
There was nothing he could do about the pit lane incident that put him out of the race. It was lucky that no one got hurt but Sutil can also take some solace from the fact that it happened at a circuit where his car was uncompetitive.

Jaime Alguersuari
His race lasted just over a lap before his Ferrari engine blew up in spectacular style. After the race he said: "It was not the best way to celebrate the first anniversary of my Formula One debut."

Laurence Edmondson is an assistant editor on ESPNF1

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Laurence Edmondson is deputy editor of ESPNF1 Laurence Edmondson grew up on a Sunday afternoon diet of Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell and first stepped in the paddock as a Bridgestone competition finalist in 2005. He worked for ITV-F1 after graduating from university and has been ESPNF1's deputy editor since 2010