Conditions were not easy at the Hungaroring today. Changeable weather made tyre choice difficult even before the start of the event. Nick’s race did not go as planned, and he was forced to retire his Lotus Renault GP after a terrible incident on Lap 25.
Nick didn’t get off the line well, dropping down from P14 to P19. He didn’t have an easy race in front of him from the rear of the field, and the battle with Heikki Kovalainen in particular cost him a lot of time.
Nick’s scary moment came after his second pit stop. There were some problems in the pits, and his Lotus Renault GP went up in flames, as he was heading in the direction of the track. He quickly freed himself, however, and was unhurt.
Nick: “The flames were a bit too close for comfort. It was worse than in Barcelona, but luckily, nothing happened, and my overalls were black to start with anyway. The pit stop took a long time, and the car was probably hot as a consequence. It began smoking as I drove off. Something similar happened before, but I was hoping we’d seen the end of it. Unfortunately, it’s kicked off once more – up in flames again.”
There was also a small explosion just after Nick climbed out. “I’ve never seen that happen before with a Formula One car, but luckily, no one was injured,” added the Lotus Renault GP driver.
Jenson Button secured victory in this action-packed race from Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. F1 continues after the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.