Mark Webber celebrated Red Bull’s 100th Formula One race in style, by winning Sunday’s Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary. Webber took the checkered flag some 17 seconds ahead of second place finisher Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), with Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel taking the final podium spot. The win, Webber’s fourth of the season, puts the Australian driver in the lead of the driver’s championship points standings.
The race appeared to belong to Sebastian Vettel, who started from the pole and got a great drive into the first corner. Fernando Alonso beat Webber into turn one, and Webber had to settle for third position when the dust settled. Webber rolled the dice on pit strategy, staying out after a crash on lap 15. Vettel and Alonso pitted, which moved Webber into the lead. On the restart, Vettel was admittedly asleep at the wheel and some ten car lengths behind his teammate. This earned him a drive-through penalty from race stewards and put him in third position behind Alonso. The rest of the race, up front at least, was a game of follow the leader starring Webber, Alonso and Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton (McLaren Mercedes) was taken out of contention (and the points lead in the driver’s championship) by a transmission problem early in the race. The other major incident involved Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) and Rubens Barrichello (Williams); dicing for tenth place in the closing laps, Barrichello passed Schumacher, who then attempted to force Barrichello into the wall. Barrichello was not amused and neither were the race stewards, who slapped a 10 position penalty on Schumacher for the race at Spa-Francorchamps on August 29.