As the race approached half distance, there was a twist in the tale. The rain, slowly but surely started to come down. Raikonnen in the Ferrari pitted too early and his tyres were gone off by the time the rain really started to fall. However, to their credit, Hamilton and Mercedes got it spot on! Hamilton pitted for intermediates when everyone thought he would get another set of slicks, whereas Rosberg and Williams left it too late. They struggled on the ever increasingly wet track, slip sliding back to the pits while Hamilton was able to fly round on intermediates, and open up a nine second lead by the time all the pit stops were done .
Wiliams had thrown this race win away, after it was presented to him. I admit that the change in weather didnt help, but tactically they got it wrong, should have pitted their cars earlier and cost either of their drivers a win.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari who had done nothing even remotely exciting for the entire race had snuck up into 3rd place after pitting at the right time for intermediates as well. He would finish in third place to complete the podium to give it a somewhat predictable look. The race however had been far from predictable. In fact, I'll go as far to say it had been exciting, and a positive advert for Formula 1.If the teams such as Williams and Ferrari can continue to close the gap between them and Mercedes, then we are in for a very exciting second half of the season!
Next time on Formula 1: Budapest, Hungary.....................