Fernando Alonso was unable to deliver the win that the passionate Italian fans so desired at Monza, but his third place finish was enough to maintain his lead atop the drivers’ championship. Following Lewis Hamilton’s pole to flag triumph in Italy he cut the Spaniard's lead to 37 points head to Singapore, but Alonso has a superb record at the Marina Bay circuit.
Even though Sebastian Vettel won here last season, Alonso has taken the chequered flag twice in the past four renewals. In the years he didn’t win he came fourth (2011) and sixth (2009).
Lewis Hamilton hailed his performance in Germany as one of the best of his career and he’ll no doubt arrive in Hungary full of confidence after securing his 16th F1 career triumph. With that win in Germany he moves level with triple champion Jack Brabham and double champion Graham Hill and Emerson Fittipaldi.
His victory at the Nurburgring cut the gap between him and Vettel to 82 points as we approach the halfway stage of the season.
Anyone looking at Hamilton’s Race Index this weekend will be pleased he enjoys racing at the Hungaroring and the McLaren driver has won here twice in the past four years – in 2007 and 2009. Another interesting factor is that McLaren are the most successful team at the track and have won on nine occasions.