We've had some pretty boring processions in Hungary over the 25 years of the event's history, but nobody could say that about the 2011 edition. On Sunday we saw a superb race, with once again three teams in contention and plenty of wheel-to-wheel action.
Of course, rain at the start and again in the last third of the race spiced up the action, but even if it had stayed dry all the way through, we would still have had an intriguing contest.
Although the wet first stage of the race was important, the main thing was to get through it safely. The real turning point came at half-distance, when teams finalised the strategy calls that would get them to the end of the race. Or, more accurately, it was one lap after half distance, which is when Fernando Alonso made his third stop.
Button took a perfectly-judged victory in Hungary © sutton-images.com
After the wet opening stint and the first dry stint on option tyres, everyone had a major decision to make - and for the frontrunners that was the choice between three and four stops.
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