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In a grand prix that ultimately came down to the finest of fine margins, the teams’ contrasting pit strategies—which were not helped by the ever-changing weather forecast—became crucial to the outcome.
Red Bull cleverly opted to make use of the deployment of the safety car for a second time at the Hungaroring to bring Ricciardo into the pits for new tyres on Lap 23, before the Australian then made his second and final stop 31 laps later.
Meanwhile, Rosberg in the Mercedes stopped on Lap 32 for a fresh set of soft tyres, meaning the German would still need to come in once more before the end of 70-lap contest.
And Ferrari’s Alonso and Mercedes’ Hamilton made their second and last pit stops on Laps 38 and 39, respectively, meaning that Rosberg’s final stop on Lap 56 put an end to what was turning out to be an absolutely fascinating scrap with his British team-mate.