McLaren’s Jenson Button has claimed his second win of the season in his 200th career race at a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix, which was won and lost on tire strategy.
Button changed tires at his third pit stop before rain fell, then passed team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take the lead and win at the same track where he claimed his first grand prix victory six years ago.
Red Bull’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who had started on pole, was second. The German thus stretched his commanding lead in the championship.
Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton,
who led for most of the race but dropped back due to five pit stops and a
Russia’s Vitaly Petrov of Renault failed to improve his position during the race and finished out of the top ten.
Vettel now leads the championship 83 points ahead of Webber, while Hamilton is third 88 points adrift with Alonso fourth, and Button fifth.