Sunday, July 26, 2009

2009 Hungarian GP: McLaren and Hamilton Back to Winning Ways

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren were back to their winning ways and for the first time this season, a non-Brawn or a Red Bull car has won a race. Not to mention a car with a KERS a system, which had a development cost between $50-$100 million, won a race.

Kimi may have finished second in his Ferrari again (a car with the KERS), but the main story is about Massa’s crash in the qualifying and his subsequent withdrawal from the race.

He has a cracked scull thanks to a part that flew from Barrichello’s car, which ended with him crashing. Though he is said to be stable, he is still in the ICU and is in an induced coma. We all hope that he will recover and will be back for the European GP.

Hamilton may have won in style, but luck did play a part with Alonso’s pit crew just throwing away the race due to a faulty tire change. The faulty resulted in the tire coming of his car and Alonso finally ended up retiring at the end of it.

Even though Alonso was on a three-stop strategy, he still could have pushed Hamilton. Kimi could have too if it wasn't for a horrible engine stall during his second pit stop. The stall delayed his timing, costing precious time. However, he did well enough to come ahead of an inspired Webber and Rosberg, who ended up with a late surge.

Red Bull should be disappointed as they had a car which was the best on the track. Still, the first corner where the cars with KERS Kimi’s and Hamilton’s overtaking Vettel just ruined the race for the young German and he finally ended up retiring.

This was a track where he could have closed in on Button’s huge lead but instead, his teammate Webber suddenly has emerged as a very dangerous rival for Button. If Brawn does not get their cars up to speed, they could well be in big trouble towards the end of the season to sustain the lead they have knocked up in the first half of the season.

Nico Rosberg was flat-out brilliant and is among the top-five drivers this year as with a Brawn or a Red Bull. He surely would have won a few races this season and it is not surprising that he is negotiating with big teams like McLaren and BMW for a 2010 drive.

Don’t be too surprised if he is announced as Hamilton’s teammate for the next season. Kazuki Nakajima should be disappointed to have not finished among points as he fought hard throughout the race and deserved a point for his drive in Hungary.

Toyota continues to baffle everybody with their strategy. Even though they actually have a car, which may not be as good as a Brawn or a Red Bull, at the early part of the season, they always had a very consistent car which was second or third fastest throughout the season so far.

They continue to somehow miss podium places. The time has come for the team to score a few podium places and even win a race or else they may be out of F1 very soon.

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