Button's bicentennial bash in Budapest
Jenson Button marked his 200th Grand Prix with a reminder of his class on Sunday when he drove his McLaren to a stirring victory in a chaotic and incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix. Champ watch | Results - Top 10 | Standing - Top 10india Updated: Aug 01, 2011 02:31 IST
Jenson Button marked his 200th Grand Prix with a reminder of his class on Sunday when he drove his McLaren to a stirring victory in a chaotic and incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Briton started third on the grid and made the most of some ill-fortune for his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in changing wet-dry-wet-dry conditions to record his second win of the year and the 11th of his career.
"It's a great moment, all round a major weekend. For some rason I like these conditions," said Button of the slippery track.
Back on the circuit where he claimed his first F1 win in 2006, for Honda, Button revelled in the demanding circumstances..
Hamilton led for long periods after taking early control, but was caught out by a succession of strategic errors - when he chose the wrong tyres in rapidly-changing weather - and a harsh stewards' decision to give him a drive-through penalty after he forced Force India's Paul Di Resta off the track.
"The better man won today," said Hamilton. "It's a fantastic way to go into the (summer) break." Hamilton, who had spun in the sudden rain and then rejoined rapidly in front of oncoming traffic, ended up fourth behind Button, second-placed German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and two-times champion Fernando Alonso.
For Vettel, although it was disappointing not to win for the thrid race in succession, his second place was enough for him to increase his lead in the drivers' title race as his nearest rivals finished behind him.
First Published: Aug 01, 2011 00:01 IST