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Webber wins as Schumacher is upto his old tricks!

Australian Mark Webber won the Hungarian Grand Prix with a huge piece of fortune. At the start of the race; pole sitter Sebastian Vettel stormed off into the lead and Fernando Alonso got the jump on Webber off the start to move into second. But all this changed when the safety car came out on lap 16 to clear some debris off the track, Vettel and the other front runners pitted for fresh tyres during the safety car period. Mark Webber stayed out to lead the race at the restart, Webber darted off into the distance as Vettel was caught napping falling more than 10 car lengths behind the lead driver; subsequently getting a drive through penalty for falling more than 10 car lengths behind. This gifted Mark Webber a golden opportunity to win the race and take the world championship lead which the Australian took pumping in fastest lap after fastest lap to build up a 20+ second lead which allowed him to pit for tyres and retain the lead. Vettel managed to catch upto Alonso in the closing stages but could do nothing to get past the Ferrari on a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake on. Alonso stood on the second step with Vettel on the third step. Personally I am very happy for Mark; I would like to see the straight talking Aussie take the drivers crown. The race was full of incident after the snorefest first 16 laps. As the rush to get drivers in and out during the safety car period ensued; Nico Rosberg’s rear right wheel came flying off as he left his pit box, the Renault of Robert Kubica collided with the Force India of Adrian Sutil as the Renault team released Kubica as Sutil as coming into his pit box. Both Renault and Mercedes were fined $50,000 each for unsafe release in the pit lane. Later in the race; Michael Schumacher almost forced former Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello into the wall as the Brazilian passed the German. It was literally a matter of millimetres from disaster, it was lucky the pit lane wall ended when it did to allow Barrichello more room for manoeuvre. Schumacher was unrepentant in a post race interview but later apologised to Barrichello for his dangerous move after the German was handed a 10 place penalty for the Belgian GP grid. Honorable mentions go to Vitally Petrov who finished in a fantastic 5th place behind the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi finished in an amazing 9th place after starting from 23rd, I am full of admiration for the Japanese driver, his attitude impresses, his driving impresses, I truly believe this young man can go far in F1. Jenson Button has a lacklustre race at best; dropping back several places from his starting position of 11th, finishing the race in 8th place; a net improvement of three places. Frankly Jenson should have done better, missing the opportunity to make big inroads into team mate Lewis Hamilton’s lead in the championship, Hamilton retired on lap 23 with a gearbox issue. We now have a four week break before the best track on the calender; Spa!!!

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