Surviving the quicker cars of Raikkonen and Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton bravely and wisely maintained the lead and victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Managing his tyres to the exact level, he extracted everything that he could out of the car whilst staying within the level required.
McLaren had the set up exactly right for the day.
Button seemed to still have a problem with the medium tyres, as he instantly ruined his first set after his first pit stop, meaning that he had to make one more stop than most other drivers.
The Lotus (Renault) pace still seems to be strongest – but their driver line-up of Raikkonen and Grosjean is still weaker than the teams around them.
So this may have been their best chance yet of a victory, but Grosjean lacked the skill and experience to take the car to the limit while still maintaining the tyres.
Red Bull’s pace is seriously down after their two trick gadgets – engine map alleged cheating and potentially ride-height trickery – have been now allegedly removed. This does not bode well for them in both Spa and Monza, the next two trackes, both of which need full power and full steam ahead.
The engine mapes may have allowed them to power out of all types of corners, in a way that still saved on tyre wear.
Without this, they may struggle. However, Adrian Newey is sure to find other upgrades before season-end.
Alonso could do nothing else with his Ferrari that was simply off the pace of the other cars.
If Ferrari don’t have a serious upgrade, then we may be seeing more of this in September and October – the other cars trying to gain up points on his current leading total, and he trying anything to minimise point loss.
Big break until the next race now, but at least we have a very good idea of where the different cars are now, pace-wise.