German and Hungarian Grand Prix
Back to back Grand Prix and two great wins for McLaren. Although Red Bull still have an edge during qualifying, McLaren have all but closed the gap and through great drives from Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button have gone into the Summer break with two great wins behind them. Once again, Vettel succumbed to the pressure in Germany and left Lewis and Fernando Alonso to fight it out for the win, which was settled when Lewis drove around the outside of the Ferrari in one of the best moves of the year. In Hungary it was Jensen’s turn after a typical immaculate drive in tricky weather conditions. Lewis lost the race through a bad tyre decision on slippery conditions later in the race, but whether it was his or the Team’s decision remains a mystery. I suspect it was his own decision as he was very quiet about it after the race.
In race conditions, McLaren have certainly closed the gap to Red Bull with Ferrari right there too. The DRS and KERS systems don’t appear to be creating any artificial results and are generally adding interest to the races. Although it will be virtually impossible for Vettel to be beaten in the Championship, the season has certainly lit up thanks to the determined efforts of McLaren and Ferrari. Next race is in Spa, Belgium in three weeks time and should provide a titanic battle on this wonderful, fast traditional circuit. With long straights and sweeping fast corners, expect McLaren to be right on the pace there and for me, they will start as favorites.