Racing is about absolute skill and absolute luck.
This weekend was bad luck for Button, Vettel and Webber.
Did Vettel deserve his drive-through penalty? If he ‘didn’t leave a car’s width’ to his side for another car, then yes.
Nonetheless it’s irrelevant.
So Hamilton’s skill to get on Pole was so crucial – something that he could have done if given the same wing as Button the week before. That would have made it 3 victories in a row.
Though, this was as good as could realistically be hoped for. Perez gave a 3 point change to the ultimate result, meaning that Lewis is now 37 points behind Alonso, with 7 races to go.
The race is the big spark that the Championship needed. Ferrari have a fast car – faster than Red Bull and on par with McLaren who have made a big leap forward.
Singapore is in two weeks and the circuit is a weird one. As with every single race, the points swing will be crucial.
No predictions can be made, aside guesses – McLaren ‘seem’ to be quick on all circuit types, yet so do Ferrari! Hungary is not a track with plenty of straights, and on it, Ferrari were not as quick as McLaren or Renault. It is also always hinted at that Alonso can guide his team to a perfect Monza set-up.
Does that therefore mean that Ferrari will be slightly slower – in comparison to McLaren – than at Monza?
We do not know – no one knows. But every single race is a fight for points. We have a seriously close Championship and the drivers near the top of the leaderboard all have a realistic chance of winning. After this victory, Hamilton can count himself among those with a real chance. We have to wait two weeks to see!