Key Strategic Moment
Today's race had many exciting twists and turns, with Daniel Ricciardo's decision in qualifying to save a set of soft tyres proving to be one of the most significant as it meant he was able to attack Nico Rosberg in the final stint of the race.
But a less obvious strategic decision was made by Nico Rosberg who chose to use a set of medium tyres for the final stint, despite not needing to use that compound again.
Rosberg wanted to be on the same tyre as Lewis Hamilton for the final stint, but it would have been better to fit softs to resist Ricciardo's challenge. Had he used softs he would have stayed clear of Ricciardo and avoided the collision which cost him 14 points and the chance to close up to Hamilton in the championship race.
The Hungaroring circuit is quite a challenge for the drivers and for the strategy team; it’s rarely used, the track is usually dirty at the start of the F1 race weekend and the grip improves as the weekend goes on. This means that it’s very easy to be misled by the tyre performance on Friday. The Hungaroring is notoriously hard on the front tyres, partly due to a number of long corners. If the weekend stays dry, Qualifying and the start are always crucial to doing well at the Hungaroring, as the slow second and third corners tend to stretch the field out on the opening lap. The run down to Turn 1 is quite long; from pole position to the braking point before the turn is 400m.
In collaboration with James Allen
Since hosting its first Grand Prix in 1986, the Hungaroring has changed very little and with the advent of DRS wings, now provides overtaking and exciting racing. The mixture of tricky slow corners are balanced out by two fast chicanes towards the end of the lap. The blind Turn Four, over the crest of a hill, is a distinctive corner. The circuit holds happy memories for two British World Champions, with Damon Hill taking his first victory here in 1993, and for Jenson Button who was able to break his duck in 2006 with an emotional win from 14th on the grid. Located in an amphitheatre setting, within half an hour of Budapest, Budapest is the last race before F1’s three week summer break. Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory for Mercedes here in 2013, his fourth win here. It is also the sole circuit that Sebastian Vettel has raced on but never won.
Circuit length 4.381 km
Race distance 306.630 km
2014 winner Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault)