Mark Webber wins and takes F1 title lead

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Monday 2nd August, 2010 - 12:03am

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Mark Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix

Mark Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix

Mark Webber has won the Hungarian Grand Prix and taken the lead of the Formula One World Championship after a dramatic race in Budapest.

In his 150th career start, Webber took a comfortable win, even though in the early stages, he seemed destined to take second place.

Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel made the perfect start from pole position and raced away to a sizeable lead before debris on the circuit brought out the Safety Car. Webber was the only driver not to pit during the caution period, and initially, it looked like it was going to be his downfall. It ended up working perfectly for him after Vettel was handed a drive through penalty for dropping more than 10 car lengths behind the Safety Car.

Vettel could only manage third place, trapped behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Red Bull’s one-three result was enough to lift them to the top of the Constructor’s championship after McLaren had a shocker. Former title leader Lewis Hamilton was out early with transmission problems, while Jenson Button finished well down in eighth.

Fourth place went to Felipe Massa, ahead of Vitaly Petrov (Renault), Nico Hulkenberg (Williams), Pedro de la Rosa (Sauber), Button, Kumai Kobayashi (Sauber) and Rubens Barrichello (Williams).

The race was run on a one-stop strategy – most of which were taken during the Safety Car period. That pit stop period saw much drama unfold in the tight Budapest pit lane. Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg lost his right rear wheel in the pit road and as it bounced through the lane, it was lucky not to cause any crew members serious injury. As the tyre was bouncing down the road, Renault let Robert Kubica out of his pit box too soon, crashing heavily into Force India’s Adrian Sutil.

Michael Schumacher and Barrichello enjoyed a spirited fight for the final points position, although their dice ended on a sour note when Schumacher almost drove his former team-mate into the wall on the pit straight. Schumacher lost the spot and will be investigated post-race.

Hungarian Grand Prix results

Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 70 Winner 2
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +17.8 secs 3
3 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 70 +19.2 secs 1
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +27.4 secs 4
5 Vitaly Petrov Renault 70 +73.1 secs 7
6 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 70 +76.7 secs 10
7 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 9
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 11
9 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 23
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 12
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP   +1 Lap 14
12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari   +1 Lap 15
13 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes   +1 Lap 16
14 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth   +3 Lap 19
15 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth   +3 Lap 20
16 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth   +3 Lap 18
17 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth   +3 Lap 22
18 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth   +4 Lap 21
19 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth   +4 Lap 24
Ret Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes   +47 Laps 5
Ret Robert Kubica Renault   +47 Laps 8
Ret Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP   +55 Laps 6
Ret Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes   +55 Laps 13
Ret Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari   +69 Laps 17

Championship points

Pos Driver Nationality Points
1 Mark Webber Australian 161
2 Lewis Hamilton British 157
3 Sebastian Vettel German 151
4 Jenson Button British 147
5 Fernando Alonso Spanish 141
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian 97
7 Nico Rosberg German 94
8 Robert Kubica Polish 89
9 Michael Schumacher German 38
10 Adrian Sutil German 35
11 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian 30
12 Vitaly Petrov Russian 17
13 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese 17
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian 12
15 Nico Hulkenberg German 10
16 Sebastien Buemi Swiss 7
17 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish 6
18 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish 3
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish 0
20 Karun Chandhok Indian 0
21 Lucas di Grassi Brazilian 0
22 Jarno Trulli Italian 0
23 Bruno Senna Brazilian 0
24 Timo Glock German 0
25 Sakon Yamamoto Japanese 0

Constructors Championship

Pos Team Points
1 RBR-Renault 312
2 McLaren-Mercedes 304
3 Ferrari 238
4 Mercedes GP 132
5 Renault 106
6 Force India-Mercedes 47
7 Williams-Cosworth 40
8 BMW Sauber-Ferrari 23
9 STR-Ferrari 10
10 Lotus-Cosworth 0
11 HRT-Cosworth 0
12 Virgin-Cosworth 0

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