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Hungarian Grand Prix: Who was your driver of the day the Hungaroring?

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Hungarian Grand Prix: Who was your driver of the day the Hungaroring?
Aug 1, 2011, 8:37 AM

Changeable conditions ensured a thrilling fight for victory with some standout performances all the way down the field at the Hungaroring.

Changeable conditions ensured a thrilling fight for victory with some standout performances all the way down the field at the Hungaroring.

So who did you think was the outstanding driver?

Jenson Button

Qualified third in one of his best performances of the season and made a clean getaway at the start to maintain position. As has been the case in other races with changeable conditions, Button looked after his tyres and made the right calls. Was faster on softs than Hamilton on suoersofts. Enjoyed a great wheel to wheel battle with his team-mate but his decision not to pit for intermediates late on, unlike Hamilton and Alonso, proved inspired and ensured a comfortable victory. It was his second win of the season and the perfect way to mark his 200th grand prix start.

Sebastian Vettel

Looked out of sorts in Friday practice, but bounced back to form with pole position – his eighth of the season – after his team used one of their four jokers to break the curfew and work through the night on Friday. Made a clean getaway but was no match for Hamilton who passed him on lap five. From then on drove a controlled race to finish second, his tenth top two finish this season, and extend his lead at the top of the championship to 85 points over teammate Webber.

Fernando Alonso

Was outqualified by team-mate Massa for the first time this season and started fifth. A poor start saw both Mercedes of Rosberg and Schumacher pass the Spaniard. He passed both of them, but mistakes saw him lose those places before getting them back. Decided on an aggressive strategy which saw him cross the line in third - his fourth straight podium finish. He is the driver who has scored the most points in July.

Lewis Hamilton

A couple of mistakes on his final flying lap in qualifying cost him pole but second was impressive nonetheless. Held off a challenge from team-mate Button at the start and then forced Vettel into a mistake to take the lead on lap five. Drove well at the front, but a decision to move onto the super soft tyres, rather than the softs like his rivals, meant he’d have to make an extra pit stop. Another bad decision to change to intermediates as the rain started to ease off, coupled with a drive-through penalty dropped him down the field, but he battled back impressively to finish fourth.

Paul di Resta

Scored points in the opening two races but has since failed to finish in the top 10 in the following eight races. Was outqualified by team-mate Sutil but drove well in the changeable conditions and won a tight midfield battle with the Toro Rossos, Kamui Kobayashi and Nico Rosberg to claim seventh – the best result of his career. Also did well to avoid Hamilton when the McLaren driver spun his car forcing di Resta to take to the grass.

Sebastien Buemi

A miserable qualifying, which saw him get knocked out of Q3, was made worse by a five-place grid penalty for his incident with Heidfeld in Germany. Starting one place from the back, the Toro Rosso driver fought through the field in arguably one of the best drives of his career. The team made changes to the car as the track started to dry out which alleviated his understeer and the Swiss driver went on to finish eighth in the team’s 100th grand prix.

Jaime Alguersuari

Qualified an unspectacular 16th but made a few positions at the start and managed his strategy in the changeable conditions. Enjoyed a good battle with Rosberg, Kobayashi and team-mate Buemi and clashed with Kobayashi late on which cost him a position or two. Nonetheless, scored his fourth points finish of the season to give the team a double points finish in their 100th grand prix.

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