Hungary 2004 - Ferrari crowned champions 26 Jul 2005
After three weeks off, Jenson Button found himself centre of attention as the teams arrived at the Hungaroring last year. His controversial announcement that he planned to move to Williams for 2005 was one that puzzled many, given the great form BAR had been showing. As it turned out, it was to be a relatively poor meeting for the Honda-powered team, with Button finishing only fifth and team mate Sato sixth.
The weekend belonged to Ferrari, although, as had become their way, they didnt give too much away in practice. At various points McLaren, Williams and BAR all looked threatening, but come qualifying and the champions showed their true colours. Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello comfortably locked out row one, with the BARs and Fernando Alonsos Renault lining up behind them. Notably at Williams, Ralf Schumacher stand-in Antonio Pizzonia out-qualified team mate Juan Pablo Montoya as they took P6 and P7 on the grid. The McLarens, meanwhile, hampered by poor tyre choice, were effectively nowhere, with Kimi Raikkonen tenth and David Coulthard 12th.
BARs race went wrong the moment the lights went out. As the Ferraris led into Turn One, both Sato and Button made poor getaways, the former dropping from third to eighth on lap one. In contrast, Alonso rocketed to third, a place he would keep until the flag, with Montoya similarly benefiting from a strong opening lap to go on to fourth place. Ultimately, it was an uneventful race, controlled from the front by Ferrari, whose one-two finish clinched them a sixth successive constructors crown and gave Schumacher a record 12th season win. The German also left safe in the knowledge that one more win at the following round in Spa would make him drivers champion for a seventh time.
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