By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli was delighted its tyres demonstrated “both performance and durability” during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
McLaren’s Jenson Button has taken his second victory in mixed conditions at the Hungaroring, following his win under similar circumstances in Canada earlier this year, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took second and Fernando Alonso put Ferrari on the podium with third.
Button was assured of victory in Hungary Grand Prix after his team mate Lewis Hamilton changed onto P Zero Blue intermediate tyres in the closing stages of the race only to find that the conditions were not wet enough, forcing him to revert to slicks in his fifth pit stop of the afternoon.
Button and Hamilton fought closely for a victory that centred around tyre strategy, with Hamilton having saved an extra set of P Zero Red supersoft tyres for the race during qualifying.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, said: “It’s been another fascinating race in mixed conditions which has allowed Jenson Button to demonstrate his skills of mastering changing weather and the capabilities of our P Zero tyres, which demonstrated both performance and durability throughout the grand prix.
“Even when rain was falling at the end of the race, Button managed to secure enough grip from the P Zero Yellow soft tyres to make sure of a well-deserved victory.
“There was a very wide variety of strategies employed by all the teams throughout the race, with the top five using four different strategies, but in the end it all came down to each driver’s ability to get the best out of slick tyres in slippery conditions.
“The McLaren drivers were very closely matched: Lewis Hamilton also drove a brilliant race and seeing his recovery at the end, despite six visits to the pits, was fantastic. I’m particularly pleased because the Hungaroring is a place that has not always been renowned for overtaking in the past, but today we saw plenty of it, in a race that contained more twists and turns than the circuit itself!”