Usually no one likes it to rain on their birthday, but Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso – who turned 31 on Sunday – was hoping for a shower or two to improve his chances of victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. In the end, despite weather forecasts predicting a mid-race downpour, the rain stayed away… until 6.00pm. When the teams were packing up after the race the heavens opened, bringing flash floods to the Hungaroring and leaving many of the trucks bogged down in the nearby field where they’d been parked.
If the teams ever manage to get the trucks out of the quagmire, Monday morning will see the start of another mass convoy. Red Bull, Williams, Force India, McLaren, MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Marussia, Caterham and a number of TV trucks will all be heading back to the UK. If all goes to plan and the roads stay clear, they should make it home by Wednesday evening. Enjoy the drive guys!
Well, that’s it for the first half of the season, and what a first half we’ve had with an amazing seven different race winners. Now, with each of the factories scheduled to shutdown for a mandatory two-week period, it’s time for the paddock to hit the beach and recuperate ahead of what promises to be a flat-out second half of the season.
Enjoy the break and Paddock Cat will see you in Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August. We can’t wait!