What a race that was! For almost the entire race you couldn’t be sure who would finish on the podium.
Much like in Silverstone the two Mercedes locked out the front row and then lost it by turn one, this time with the two Ferraris prancing ahead of the Silver Arrows. Hamilton started the race on pole but very quickly dropped down to fourth in the race, taking a trip in the gravel and ending up in tenth place.
For the first 40 laps Ferrari dominated the Hungarian GP 1-2, however Raikkonen suffered ERS problems and after the safety car period his limping car could not defend and retired soon after. It had looked like Mercedes could recover and get both cars onto the podium but they both ended up colliding with Daniel Ricciardo in a race full of mistakes and penalties.
Eventually Sebastian Vettel won the race after leading all but one lap, Daniil Kvyat finished second for his first ever F1 podium, only 20 days away from becoming the youngest driver on the podium and Daniel Ricciardo came third. Max Verstappen was 20 seconds off the podium with a very impressive fourth place, the best finishing position for Toro Rosso since 2008! It was a great day for McLaren too, getting both cars into the points for the first time this season and trebling their points for the season.
Only a couple of changes but fourth and fifth for Verstappen and Alonso has pushed both drivers up three positions, dropping Nasr, Perez, Maldonado, Sainz and Ericsson all down at least one position. The weekend may have been great for McLaren but they are still only ninth in the Constructors’ Championship, Toro Rosso have jumped ahead of Sauber for seventh.
Vettel isn’t out of it yet, a few more good drives for Ferrari and he will be in the hunt for the title. Even with a poor performance from Hamilton he still extended his lead of the championship. Neither Bottas, Raikkonen nor Massa scored a point in Hungary so the gap between fourth and sixth is still only three points.
|2||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||RUS||18||69||01:26.519||7|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||15||69||01:24.821||4|
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||NED||12||69||01:27.650||9|
|RET||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||–||60||01:28.611||12|
|RET||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||–||54||01:28.499||13|
|RET||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||GER||–||41||01:28.074||11|