(Pirelli Motorsport Media)
The start of today's Hungarian Grand Prix was affected by a major rain shower. This resulted in the entire field starting the race on the Green marked Pirelli P-Zero Intermediate tyre's. The race was action packed from start to finish. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen did the longest stint on the Intermediate compound tyre's completing 15 laps.
The Marussia F1 Team's Max Chilton completed the longest stint on the Soft tyre completing 37 laps on the yellow marked tyre's. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat completed the longest stint on the Medium White walled tyre's. The Russian managed 39 laps.
Daniel Ricciardo made the most of three stop strategy to win the race by 5.2s to Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes Lewis Hamilton. Speaking following the race Pirelli Motorsport boss Paul Hembery commented:
'Today’s race at the Hungaroring showed how tyre strategy can benefit a race. The brief we received from the promoter and the teams in 2011 when we entered the sport is still valid and today’s results have shown how the tyres and strategy can help to produce very exciting races.
The rain that fell just before the start of the race also helped as teams had to determine which of the rain tyres would be the most appropriate to start on. We saw some extremely close battles throughout until the very end, underlining the importance of selecting the right strategy and being able to react to changing circumstances. Now Formula One heads off for its summer break, and after the first half of a season that can only be described as impressive – during which the sport entered a new era, and we even previewed what an 18-inch tyre could look like – we look forward to an equally intriguing second half from the Belgian Grand Prix onwards.'
© Ben Johnston 2014