Lewis Hamilton basically waltzed to victory at the Hungaroring in the last GP before Formula One’s traditional August recess. While Fernando Alonso increased his World Championship lead to 40 points over Mark Webber — after the latter started well back in the grid due to missing Q3 with an abysmal qualifying performance — the big news was the Lotus F1 Team, which finished 2nd and 3rd on the podium. Lotus now leads Scuderia Ferrari in the constructors’ standings for the first time since Ayrton Senna drove for the outfit briefly in the mid-1980s, before Lotus collapsed into bankruptcy and dissolution.
Hamilton was always going to win the Hungarian Grand Prix as long as he did not make any mistakes. That is the advantage that pole position buys you at the Hungaroring — and Hamilton delivered a brilliant qualifying lap on Saturday to secure it by nearly half a second. He nearly got sucked into an error at the first corner when he locked his inside front wheel and ran wide but he managed to survive it, largely because there was a battle going on behind him and he was already a long way clear. From then on, it was about making the right strategy calls and controlling the race.