By this stage Raikkonen was
already suffering with MGU-K problems, which were hurting his pace massively. He
lost his initial advantage and had to be retired.
Into the final laps, and
Rosberg was under attack from Ricciardo who had opted for the soft rubber. With
five laps to go he lunged down the inside of Rosberg into Turn 1, but Rosberg
had the cut back, and as they exited the corner they touched. Rosberg sustained
a punctured right-rear tyre and limped to the pits, while the Red Bull driver
sustained front wing damage and was forced to pit for a replacement.
Max Verstappen, in the
meantime, scored his best result with an
excellent fourth for Toro Rosso.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso came
in fifth and his teammate Jenson Button ninth, thereby adding 12 points to
Romain Grosjean salvaged
seventh for Lotus, just fending off Rosberg who recovered to eighth ahead of
Button. Marcus Ericsson came in tenth and took the final point ahead of Sauber
team mate Felipe Nasr.
Sergio Perez of Sahara Force
India eventually joined his teammate Hulkenberg in retirement, while Carlos
Sainz failed to finish after losing power with his Toro Rosso, while Marussia
retired Will Stevens four laps from the flag. Team mate Roberto Merhi was 15th
on what was an incredibly tough and emotional weekend for Jules Bianchi's old
After the completion of the
Hungarian round, Hamilton retains his points lead, with 202 to Rosberg's 181,
but Vettel is getting closer, with 160. Mercedes, meanwhile, have 385 points to
Ferrari's 236, but Red Bull are closer to Williams' 151 with 96.
Position Driver Team Points
1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 25
2 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL 18
3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL 15
4 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 12
5 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 10
6 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 8
7 ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS 6
8 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 4
9 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 2
10 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1