F1: Button Edges Vettel for Hungarian Grand Prix Win
Jenson Button’s patience paid off in the rain-soaked Hungarian Grand Prix, as the former world champion edged reigning Formula One king Sebastian Vettel of Germany on Sunday for the British driver’s second win of the season.
Button watched Red Bull’s Vettel and McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton battle it out for the lead early on. The 2009 drivers’ champion’s decision to go for soft tires allowed him to stay on track even as a heavy burst of rain fell towards the end of the race. Button eventually finished 3.5 seconds ahead of Vettel, who has failed to notch a victory for the third-straight race after winning six of the first eight of the season. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium place from Hamilton, whose misfortunes in the later parts of the race left him 48.3 seconds behind Button.
Vettel still leads the world championship battle with 234 points. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who finished fifth on Sunday, remains in second place overall with 149 followed by Hamilton on 146. Alonso and Button follow with 145 and 134, respectively. The season takes a break for four weeks before resuming on the last weekend of the month with the Belgian Grand Prix.