The Hungarian GP is over, and there is now no more F1 for another few weeks as the summer break starts and the team staff can take a much-needed break.
Hungary was a bit of a mixed race, there wasn’t much in the way of overtakes but it had some interesting moments. Sebastian Vettel qualified on pole position, then won the race the day later, though perhaps he shouldn’t have and Raikkonen should. The top five on the grid (Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen) finished in the same position where they qualified.
Mercedes did switch Bottas and Hamilton around to give Hamilton a chance at passing Raikkonen, but he couldn’t, and despite having an eight second lead on Bottas and Bottas fighting Verstappen for position he still gave the position back at the final corner, something I was not expecting. McLaren FINALLY had a good weekend, getting both cars in Q3, not taking any grid penalties, getting both cars into the points AND Alonso (somehow) scored the fastest lap of the race.
Felipe Massa was unable to race in Hungary (suffering the same illness as Martin Brundle two weeks prior), so was replaced by Williams reserve driver Paul di Resta, taking part in his first race weekend since 2013. Given that he was thrown in at the deep end and had never driven the car until qualifying nobody was expecting di Resta to do much, though he didn’t qualify last, beat Marcus Ericsson and was only 0.8 off Lance Stroll. He did what he could, but had to retire on lap 60 due to mechanical issues.
Vettel suffered from a steering issue through much of his first stint, having to steer left constantly while driving in a straight line, slowing him down somewhat. Max Verstappen finished fifth, 13 seconds off the lead and had a ten second penalty for hitting his teammate at turn two. Without that penalty and he may have finished fourth, ahead of Hamilton as he was before the pit stops.
McLaren aren’t last! Their first double points finish of the season brings them up to double figures in points and ahead of Sauber at last. Toro Rosso have moved back ahead of Renault with the help of Carlos Sainz’s seventh place and just one point from Haas.
McLaren move up in the Constructors’ Championship, and McLaren move both drivers up in the Drivers’ Championship, both moving up two positions.
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||10||70||01:20.490||5|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||6||69||01:21.871||9|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||4||69||01:22.105||13|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India||FRA||2||69||01:22.431||11|
|11||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||0||69||01:21.631||16|
|RET||Paul di Resta||Williams||GBR||–||60||01:23.242||19|
|RET||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||–||0||–||6|