Jenson Button marked his 200th grand prix with a reminder of his class yesterday when he drove his McLaren to a stirring victory in a chaotic and incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix.
The 31-year-old Briton, who started third on the grid, made the most of some wretched ill-fortune for his teammate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton in changing wet-dry-wet-dry conditions to record his second win of the year and the 11th of his career.
Hamilton, having started second, led for long periods after taking early control, but was caught out by a succession of strategic errors: When he chose the wrong tires in rapidly changing weather and a harsh stewards’ decision to give him a drive-through penalty after he forced Paul Di Resta off the track.
Hamilton, who had spun in the sudden rain and then rejoined rapidly in front of oncoming traffic, ended up finishing fourth behind a triumphant Button, second-placed German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
For Vettel, although it was disappointing not to win again, his second place was enough for him to increase his lead in the drivers’ title race as his nearest rivals finished behind him.