From the start, the circuit in Budapest was going to produce an excellent race after
The start of the race saw both championship contenders leap up the field, but Alonso was determined to not lose sight of Schumacher, and both drivers set about gaining maximum points from Hungary. However,
The overtaking move of the race goes again to Alonso, who managed to skirt around the outside of his rival Schumacher on lap four, again emphasising that he is a very competitive and very hungry reigning champion.
The next serious retirement happened on lap 26 when Raikkonen and Liuzzi come to blows on the tarmac. From the TV footage, it appeared that Liuzzi backed off as he exited the corner, which caught the Flying Finn by surprise, who was in turn coming under pressure from team mate
We just hit each other. Vitantonio wanted to let me pass and I was trying let Pedro pass.
Vitantonio echoed the sense of it being a simple driving incident, saying:
…I went wide, trying to let him by before the chicane. Probably, he did not expect me to slow at this point and so he ran into the back of me. This track is really tight and twisty and I was really trying to move over to let him by. It was a misunderstanding and I’m sorry as it ruined both our races.
Five laps from the chequered flag saw McLaren’s Pedro De La Rosa cut the gap to Michael Schumacher. Pedro made a few attempts down into turn one, and Michael eventually had to allow the McLaren to pass. But Schumacher ended up straight-lining the chicane and came out in front. At this point Schumacher should have conceded the position as De La Rosa would have passed under normal racing. Schumacher slowed but then appeared to change his mind and got back on the gas. Furiously, De La Rosa backed off initially and then made the same move again on the following lap. This time, the Spaniard forced his way through without question or further incident. This whole sequence of moves allowed
Other great drives came from Polish driver
On a track that saw
At least I wasn’t too wrong with this prediction made back in February before the 2006 season got underway.