Jenson Button marked his 200th Grand Prix in perfect style with a well-judged victory in ever-changing conditions in the Hungarian GP at the Hungaroring, the same circuit on which he scored his 1st Formula One win five seasons ago. McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton led much of the race but a poor tire call and a drive-through penalty, caused by a spin and dangerous 180 for which he later apologized, kept him off the podium. That left Sebastian Vettel in 2nd place, and with an increased World Championship standings lead.
It rained lightly but steadily at the start of the race at the Hungaroring, and then again later on, creating a sensational show on the narrow circuit on which it is difficult to pass and where the races usually look like a carnival procession. The result was a shake-up of car positions, with cars sliding off track. Some drivers raced like maestros while others looked lost at sea. Throw into the mix a burning car at track side and another one spinning in the pit lane, and the recipe made for a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix.