Sebastian Vettel had an uncharacteristically mediocre showing at the German Grand Prix and such was only able to finish in fourth.
Lewis Hamilton returned to form and passed Fernando Alonso spectacularly just after he exited the pits for the final time. The Englishman has had his troubles off-track this season but he is the only driver other than Vettel to win more than once. His performance vaults him up to third in the championship.
The Hungarian Grand Prix is race 11 of 19 and while the championship is far from clinched, Red Bull is not the type of team to squander this kind of lead. The two Red Bull drivers sit atop the Driver’s Championship standings with Vettel 77 points ahead of his team-mate.
In the Constructor’s championship, Red Bull is 112 points ahead of McLaren. Even if neither Red bull driver wins another race for the season, All they will need to do is finish in the points.
Vettel however has his eyes firmly on Michael Schumacher’s 2004 single season record of 13 wins. Considering that he already has six wins this season, it is not impossible. Look for Vettel to come out aggressively. With the Hungaroring being notoriously difficult to overtake on, qualifying will be especially important. Creative pit strategy can be a factor, which actually suits Jenson Button.
Remember to watch the race with the local F1 crew at the Lonestar Bar and Grill.