For the third Grand Prix running, Sebastian Vettel failed to win as the German was pipped by Jenson Button in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, with the McLaren driver recording his second victory of the season thanks to an excellent performance.
Button won in rainy conditions at the Canadian Grand Prix and the 2009 champion was once again the man that handled the changeable conditions best with a sterling display of driving on the fifth anniversary of his first Formula 1 win at the Hungaroring.
Vettel will not overly be concerned by his second place on the podium which keeps the chasing pack at arm’s length with eight races to go, while Fernando Alonso continued his strong recent form with third place.
Lewis Hamilton was fourth and incurred another driver-through penalty although his McLaren team-mate will be hoping that the rain falls in Belgium, Italy and the six other countries as the season comes to a climax.
“I like these conditions,” he said. “I don’t know why, but it was a great call by the team to switch to the prime tyres rather than the inters. But everyone has worked so hard, and although we go into the break on a high, we’ll be thinking of Spa and we’ll be ready to go again.”