Esteban Okon came to his first victory in his F1 career after the rather chaotic opening of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Second place went to Vettel in Aston Martin, while third place went to Hamilton, and Verstappen left Hungary with one new point.
The race was declared a race in wet conditions due to the rain that fell before the start, so all the tactics regarding the tires from yesterday’s qualifications did not matter. All drivers chose tires for changing weather conditions, and chaos caused Botas in the first corner. The Finn started the worst and hit Norris on the brakes when he launched into the right part of Max Verstappen’s car. After the contact with Norris, Botas was moving towards Perez as a passenger, so he “caught” another Red Bull driver. Perez almost immediately gave up the further race, Botas was left with a damaged car in the first corner, and Max continued with great damage to the car. It wasn’t the only incident, and Strol was in charge of the additional chaos, hitting Leclerc who hooked Richard, so it all looked like a bowling game rather than an F1 race.
The Red Bull race was practically over, because Perez gave up, and Max somehow managed to get to the pits, and they were a little lucky because the race was interrupted due to a lot of debris on the track and a couple of parked cars, so they went to Red Bulu had time to deal with the damage to Verstappen’s car, and the main part for the repair was adhesive tape. Hamilton came out of everything without contact and kept the first place. The restart of the race was one of the most bizarre in F1, because after the warm-up lap, everyone stated that it was time to change the tires and everyone went for a replacement, except for one driver. It was Hamilton who was left alone on the track and had the opportunity for a historic start in F1, one car on the track at the start of the race.
This was a disastrous move by Mercedes, and Luis later changed the tires, which sent him to the rear, and Okon in Alpina came out in the first place when he followed Vettel. Max was in front of Hamilton at that moment, but he did not manage to find the rhythm and struggled in that damaged car, so he progressed slowly, it took him a lot of laps to get closer and visit Schumacher in Has, which is enough proof that the car it didn’t work at all. At that moment, Hamilton made a great move and went to replace the penuamtics, a lap earlier than Max and Richard, which allows him to “skip” them and thus solve the issue of finishing the race in front of Max. Of course, Hamilton went on a further campaign against the drivers in front and one by one he overtook until the fifth position. An interesting decision was made by Sajnc, who refused an invitation to boxing and decided to stay on the track, which was not a bad decision of the only remaining Ferrari driver in the race. After a regular change of tires, Okon and Vettel return to first and second place, respectively, ahead of Sainz and Alonso, while Hamilton makes a second stop and tries a strategy to chase the drivers left at one stop with one more stop and a much faster car. and those were all in front of him. Hamilton was then told that they had a chance to win, and that’s how it worked. Luis drove faster than everyone else and made up for that stoppage in boxing, but then he ran into ALons.
Fernando played fantastically for himself, but above all for the team and a large number of laps (10) “tortured” Luis, and the current champion and once his angry rival did not have a solution until a small mistake by Alonso on braking for the first corner. Alonso took just enough time for Hamilton to stop the onslaught of victory and Hamilton managed to overtake Sajnc by the end of the race and thus reached the podium. However, a good result for him and after the race in Hungary, Mercedes and Luis are returning to the first position in the championship of drivers and teams. Okon drove a fantastic race and did not make a single mistake, so Vettel did not even have the opportunity to try an attack on the track, which involves a small mistake by the rival in order to get a chance to overtake. Alpina thus came to its first victory under a new name and Okon recorded its first victory in its F1 career. These are very important points for Alpina in the fight for the position in the general classification of the teams. Behind Alonso, the race was finished by the duo of Alpha Turia, Gasli and Cunoda, who at one point swapped positions as a team, which Cunoda commented on in his manner via radio. However, the change was planned and ordered by the team, and in the end, Gasley drove the fastest lap of the race, which “snatched” a point from Hamilton, and thus Gasley played for his former Red Bull team.
Williams finally got to the point, and Latifi and Russell were in the points, and the last point went to Verstappen, who managed to overtake Richard for that 10th place. In the end, Ricardo lost the 11th place to Raikkonen.
There will be a summer break until the Belgian GP, which takes place on the last weekend of August.
Hungarian GP results:
|2||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||2:04’45.058||1.859|
|4||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||2:04’58.217||15.018|
|10||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||2:06’03.443||1’20.244|
|11||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1 lap|
|12||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||1 lap|
|13||Mick Schumacher||Haas||1 lap|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1 lap|
|Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|Lance Stroll||Aston Martin|
Source: Nacionalna Klasa by www.nacionalnaklasa.com.
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