Hamilton did not do much wrong during the race. Heidfeld starting from the dirty side of the track was never a threat to him and Kimi on P3 was a bit too far behind to challenge him at the start. At times Kimi was getting quite close but without a mistake the overtaking was out of the question. Pit stops posed the only danger. But when both Kimi and Hamilton came in at the same time for the first stop and left without change in the track position Hamilton could have begin to believe the race is in the bag.
Alonso had a tough task to salvage something from the race after being demoted to P6. He lost few places early on, but clawed them back and at the end made up 2 more places to finish 4th. Not a bad result.
Kimi made a good start. He gained a position and kept it for the rest of the race. He also recorded the fastest lap (on his last lap). Overall he can only be partially happy. He gained on Alonso and Massa, but the he lost another 2 points on the championship leader.
Massa was unlucky in Q2 but he did himself no favours either. The cold tyres look more like an excuse than reason. If the tyres were cold OK, difficult for him to challenge Kimi and the McLarens. But all he needed to do was to get to top 10, ahead of some cars that are nowhere near Ferrari. P14 is what he managed. Then the race came and all he managed was to gain 1 position after actually loosing some at the start of the race. To blame heavy car and loss of downforce for staying stuck behind Sato, that is so lame. Sato was heavy too and in a car way too inferior to Ferrari. I am not ready start bashing Massa’s race craft, I believe he is one hell of a driver. Yes, the team has a blame for the Q2 mess up, but the result of this race is partially his fault as well. Driver of his qualities in a Ferrari car should be able to make it to top 8 even from P14 on the start and even on Hungaroring.
This was the very good race for BMW. Whatever Renault may be thinking, BMW is clearly the 3rd best team on the grid. Nick Heidfeld took advantage of the Alonso’s and Massa’s misery and scored a podium. Some of his sector times during the race were on par with Hamilton and Raikkonen. There is some potential here and who knows what will they come up with after the summer break. I almost haven’t noticed Kubica was on track, but that is probably more to the TV coverage. Another solid race, more points in the bag. But … he should start beating Nick sometime …
Ralf Schumacher is silencing some critics and “sack him” rumours now. He outqualified and outraced Trulli and finished 6th. The good qualifying position definitely helped on the track like this.
Trulli lost few positions and missed out on points …
Heikki Kovalainen had big expectations after free practice. At the end I think he should be grateful for 8th. Fisichella did not have much chance after the grid penalty. The cars around him were on similar performance level with Renaults and that did not give him too much chance of overtaking.
I did not really follow Red Bulls, Toro Rossos and Super Aguris too much, so only a quick note on Sato. He overtook Massa after race start and held him back for over 30 laps. Not sure if this is a proof of Sato’s quality or Massa’s lack of ability or motivation, that I leave open for discussion.
Honda – Oh dear…. Remember 12 months ago and Jenson Button? This time they recorded another first. First team to get beaten by Spyker on track in 2007… That is all that needs to be said …
That leads to Spyker. Yamamoto’s debut was very short lived. Out on lap 5 after what he admitted was his own mistake. Sutil on the other hand outpaced Barrichello… I am afraid however that this was a result of Honda making steps back and not Spyker making steps forward…
One note on the track itself. Why Bernie does not make any loud calls for improvements and track redesign here. I have never been to Silverstone nor Hungaroring, so I can’t say anything about the facilities. But look at the tracks – Silverstone offers racing, Hungaroring bore (unless it rains and that happened once in history here). Yet Silverstone has been threatened with loosing the race for years … There is lots of criticism of Tilke’s tracks. But if given choice I would prefer to have few more Shanghais, Sepangs or Istanbuls if tracks like Hungaroring could disappear unless turned into race tracks. Every preview on Hungaroring begins with “With no overtaking opportunities here…”. Yes, Monaco is similar, but Hungaroring is no Monaco.Why we have to go into the pains watching the Sunday parades there …
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