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Hungary 2010 - Race highlights - Following the action from the Hungaroring in hopes of a surprise

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Vitaly Petrov and Éric Boullier on the grid in Hungary
Credit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

The Hungarian Grand Prix has always promised to be boring, but whilst we didn't have any of the controversy of the past few years, the 2010 GP certainly had it's moments. From the ongoing rivalry between the two Red Bull drivers, to the anticipation of overtaking moves throughout the field, there was plenty to keep an eye on.

This race coverage comes to you direct from the conference room of the Renault F1 factory in Enstone, UK. The team contributed additional content not available on the world feed, including their live GPS circuit map along with two in-garage cameras.

Here's how the race played out lap by lap.

As it happened: 2010 Hungary - The Race

  • 12:31

    Hello and welcome to the Factbyte Factbox for the Hungarian Grand Prix, brought to you by the Renault F1 wifi.

  • 12:34

    The FBFB will be much less detailed today, as we are stuck with basic BBC broadcasting, but we're live and we're here!

  • 12:35

    The only news worth noting post qualifying was Kobayashi's five place penalty pushing him to the last row of the grid.

  • 12:37

    Interview with Jeremy Scoones - Renault marketing manager: "We might see a few teams playing a few games. The circuit is so twisty and tight, it's like Monaco without the walls."

  • 12:40

    Interview with Vitaly Petrov: "We try to be careful, have a good start. We know our car will be quick here, I know this track from previous series."

  • 12:42

    Massa is very late to the grid.

  • 12:45

    Brundle: "What have you told your drivers?" Christian Horner: "Behave."

  • 12:52

    TweetTweet from @LeeMcKenzieF1: Vettel v relaxed before start asking me how I am feeling before the start of the race! Surely I ask him that!

  • 12:56



    Wind Speed4mps
  • 13:03 Lap 1

    Green flagThe lights go out and the race begins.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Alonso passed Webber at the first corner.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Button down to 15th, a terrible start for the McLaren.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Petrov has moved up to 5th - yay for Renault! Eh-hem.

  • 13:05 Lap 1
    Driver Positions
    1VettelRed Bull
    Red Bull
  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Alguersuari's engine has exploded, and the Toro Rosso is spewing oil onto the track.

  • 13:06 Lap 3

    Hamilton has passed Petrov now for fifth place.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Kobayashi improved to 16th on the first lap, now sitting behind Button.

  • 13:09 Lap 4

    Our Renault webcam shows the engineers looking relatively relaxed at the moment, keeping hydrated in the heat.

  • 13:11 Lap 6

    Vettel is already pulling out a huge gap at the front.

  • 13:12 Lap 6

    TweetTweet from @InsideFerrari: Vettel has already 3 secs over ALO but Webber is a bit slower

  • 13:15 Lap 9

    Fastest lap for Vettel - 1:26.246.

  • 13:16 Lap 10

    Whilst Vettel is pulling away at the front, Yamamoto is dropping far behind at the back.

  • 13:22 Lap 12

    Interview with Alguersuari regarding oil on the track: "I tried to be offline not to bother the other guys, but it was difficult as we didn't yet have the confirmation to retire."

  • 13:22 Lap 14

    Vettel has lapped Yamamoto. Already.

  • 13:23 Lap 14

    Renault-cam showed the mechanics checking the tyres, but pit crew are still seated for now.

  • 13:23 Lap 14

    TweetTweet from @MikeGascoyne: Jarno pulling away at 0.5 sec per lap, heikki bottled up behind di grassi. We need to jump him at the pitstop

  • 13:24 Lap 15

    Jenson Button pits, and Liuzzi also stops.

  • 13:25 Lap 15

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 13:25 Lap 15

    The Safety Car appears to have been deployed for debris on the track.

  • 13:25 Lap 16

    Vettel pits.

  • 13:27 Lap 16

    CrashSutil and Kubica come together in the pitlane. Unsafe release by the team.

  • 13:27 Lap 16

    CrashRosberg was released with the wheel unattached, had to stop in the pitlane as well.

  • 13:28 Lap 17

    Replays show Vettel's entrance to the pit lane was a really late call - some bumpy kerbing there!

  • 13:29 Lap 18

    Green flagSafety car in.

  • 13:29 Lap 18

    Webber is currently leading but he did not dive into the pits.

  • 13:30 Lap 18

    Barrichello and Trulli also did not stop during the Safety Car period.

  • 13:32 Lap 20

    Stewards are investigating cars 11 and 14.

  • 13:33 Lap 20
    Driver Positions
    1WebberRed Bull
    2VettelRed Bull
    9De La RosaSauber
  • 13:34 Lap 20

    The errant wheel from Nico Rosberg's car ended up in the Williams garage. Ted Kravitz reports all mechanics appear to be okay.

  • 13:34 Lap 20

    Trulli pits - a much calmer stop than we've seen recently!

  • 13:38 Lap 23

    10 second stop/go penalty for Kubica for causing the collision in the pitlane.

  • 13:38 Lap 23

    Kubica takes his penalty.

  • 13:39 Lap 24

    Hamilton has retired - pulled to the side of the track at turn 3.

  • 13:40 Lap 24

    Stewards are investigating Vettel for exceeding the maximum distance behind the safety car.

  • 13:41 Lap 26

    Kubica has pulled into the garage and retired.

  • 13:42 Lap 26

    Ted Kravitz says Lewis reported a loss of drive at the rear.

  • 13:43 Lap 28

    RadioTeam radio to Alonso: "Vettel is also under investigation so I want you to push. But also be wise."

  • 13:45 Lap 29

    Vettel handed a drive through penalty.

  • 13:50 Lap 31

    Vettel takes his drive through penalty - after asking on the radio what it is for. Told to stay focused, but his hand gestures suggest he is not.

  • 13:50 Lap 32

    Vettel rejoined in front of Massa, now in 3rd.

  • 13:51 Lap 32

    Fastest lap for Webber - 1:24.315.

  • 13:52 Lap 34
    One to Watch
  • 13:53 Lap 34

    TweetTweet from @f1photos: An ambulance has just taken a member of the Williams pit crew to hospital. Hit by the mercedes wheel on his back.

  • 13:56 Lap 34

    The gap between Alonso and Vettel is now 4.1. Perhaps that is not one to watch. I take it back!

  • 13:57 Lap 37

    Liuzzi ran very wide off track whilst playing about with the F-duct, but the tarmac saved him.

  • 13:58 Lap 38

    Brundle reckons Webber needs two more laps to have enough time for a pitstop and to come out in the lead.

  • 14:00 Lap 39

    QuoteComment from RG: di Grassi has made 2 stops and is ahead of Yamamoto....

  • 14:01 Lap 40

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: timo now in blue flag hell...

  • 14:03 Lap 41
    One to Watch
  • 14:03 Lap 41

    Vettel has pulled it back again. One to Watch status resumed.

  • 14:06 Lap 43

    Webber pits now.

  • 14:06 Lap 43

    He comes out miles ahead of everyone else. Webber leads.

  • 14:07 Lap 43

    High fives all round in the Red Bull garage. A good stop, they're happy with what they did.

  • 14:09 Lap 46
    Driver Positions
    1WebberRed Bull
    3VettelRed Bull
  • 14:10 Lap 46

    Backmarker watch - three drivers are one lap down, two drivers are down 2 laps, and Yamamoto, well... three laps down so far.

  • 14:13 Lap 48
    Live Championship Standings
  • 14:15 Lap 50

    TweetTweet from @NeilHudson: It's pretty incredible that Vitaly Petrov is on target to be the best non-Red Bull/Ferrari in this race.

    Yay for Renault! Eh-hem.

  • 14:18 Lap 52

    Senna looks like he's about to lap his teammate Yamamoto.

  • 14:19 Lap 52

    He's done it now. Blue flags all round.

  • 14:21 Lap 54

    Alonso and Vettel have come upon traffic. They've passed Trulli no problem. Kovalainen next.

  • 14:21 Lap 54

    Vettel ran wide, which has dropped him back off Alonso, allowing them to pass Kovi without incident.

  • 14:24 Lap 56

    With all the attention on Webber's stop, we forgot that Rubens still hasn't pitted yet!

  • 14:25 Lap 56

    Rubens in this lap, and rejoins back out in 11th, just missing out on the points.

  • 14:25 Lap 57

    Jonathan Legard notes that all three new teams still have both cars running.

  • 14:26 Lap 57

    Ted reports that the mechanic who needed checking over due to the flying tyre has bruising but is back at work already.

  • 14:27 Lap 58

    Meanwhile, one of the Ferrari mechanics appears to be dozing as this race draws to its conclusion. I doubt he's the only one!

  • 14:29 Lap 60

    Yamamoto is four laps down now. What on earth do HRT see in this guy?

  • 14:30 Lap 60
    One to Watch
  • 14:36 Lap 65

    TweetTweet from @Lou_uk: #F1 COME ON RUBENS!!!!!

  • 14:38 Lap 66

    Barrichello finally makes the move, and Schumacher squeezes him close up to the pit wall. Rubens makes it stick though.

  • 14:39 Lap 67

    Replays show that Rubens was millimetres away from the wall, and Schumi knew exactly what he was doing, making full use of his mirrors.

  • 14:41 Lap 67

    Stewards are investigating Schumacher for that move on Barrichello. They'll wait till after the race.

  • 14:41 Lap 67

    Only six drivers remain on the lead lap.

  • 14:44 Lap 70

    Chequered flagWebber wins the Hungarian Grand Prix!

  • 14:44 Lap 70

    Alonso and Vettel also make the podium - in that order.

  • 14:45

    Vettel finishes off his race with a fastest lap - 1:22.362.

  • 14:45

    Our boy Petrov finishes fifth. YAY FOR RENAULT.

  • 14:48

    RadioTeam radio to Vettel: "I know you're very upset right now, we're all very upset. Nothing you can say will make a difference, so take a deep breath and calm down."

    Cue Vettel bumping into his car marker in the pitlane, and stomping from the car. Oh dear.

  • 14:52

    Thank you for joining us for this race, and thanks to Renault for the use of their wifi!

  • 14:53

    We're heading straight into the summer break now, and then it's all systems go for Spa. See you then!

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