Lewis Hamilton Dominated As He Took An 8th Career Victory At The Hungaroring.
Hamilton Blitzes The Field
Equalling Michael Schumacher’s record for most wins at signal circuit. A feat the German achieved himself at Magny Cour’s.
'Get in there Lewis' 🎧🗣
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The Brit’s win sees him take the championship lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton: “It was one of my favourite races. I was on my own but we had great pace and a perfect strategy.”
“The last two races have been fantastic for me and we need to keep it up.”
Red Bull’s Miracle
Behind Lewis came Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in second.
After only qualifying seventh yesterday his hopes of starting the race seemed slim following the Dutchman’s crash on the way to the grid.
The Red Bull mechanics subsequently forced to repair the front left corner of his RB16.
Fortunately for the crew managed to complete the necessary repairs just 25 seconds before the 3 minute warning.
With the team narrowly escaping a penalty as a result.
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Verstappen: “Not how I wanted it at the beginning. The mechanics did an amazing job to fix the car. To pay them back with second place – I was pleased with that. To be able to split the two Mercedes is good for us.”
Reaction Error From Bottas
Valtteri Bottas managed a solid recovery drive in his W11.
The Finn taking the final place on the rostrum following an inauspicious start which saw him drop from second to sixth on the opening lap.
Bottas: “I reacted to a light on my dash that went off, I don’t know what it was, but something changed on my dash.”
“I reacted to that instead of the start lights, so I got anti-stall, so then I had to do the start again.”
Bottas avoided a penalty as he didn’t trigger the sensors the FIA use to detect a jump start.
Promising For Racing Point
Racing Point’s Lance Stroll was fourth, the Canadian just missing out on the podium.
A position he held for the majority of the race.
Stroll: “I definitely think the podium was possible today.”
“We were staying out a bit longer towards the middle of the race when Valtteri undercut us.”
“He was behind us and he went for the stop and we were expecting more rain so we were trying to drag out that stint a little bit longer and unfortunately the rain never came.”
Alexander Albon worked his way up to fifth from thirteenth on the grid for Red Bull.
Although, it was under threat as the team were summoned to the stewards post-race for artificially drying his grid box.
But no further action was taken by stewards as they issued this statement.
“The Stewards reviewed video evidence and came to the conclusion that the competitor did not attempt to alter the grip of the track surface.”
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel secured his best result of the year, the German bringing his SF1000 home in sixth place.
Despite being hounded by media throughout the week regarding his future in Formula 1.
Mexican Sergio Perez crossed the line in seventh in his Racing Point RP20.
Daniel Riccardo ran an alternative strategy during Sunday’s grand prix to claim eighth for Renault.
The Australian ace bouncing back after a poor qualifying session.
Fortune Favours The Brave
Magnussen crossed the line in ninth after an astonishing strategy call from Haas saw both it’s drivers run in third and fourth during the early stages of the race.
As the track began to dry out pre-race Haas gambled, pitting both their drivers onto slick tyres at the end of the formation lap.
However, due to the communication between team & driver on the formation lap, both Haas drivers were handed a 10 second penalty b.
As drivers being aided on the formation lap is forbidden by the FIA.
Subsequently Magnussen dropped to tenth place, as team-mate Grosjean went from fourteenth to sixteenth.
Emotions!! KEVIN ❤️ GARY ❤️
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McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top ten on the road, but will move up to ninth due to K-Mag’s penalty.
Charles Leclerc, who Sainz will partner at Ferrari next year came home just outside the points in eleventh for the Scuderia.
The Monégasque spending much of the race weekend fighting to get to grips with his car.
Leclerc: “We will be looking at the data to see what went wrong because the car was extremely hard to drive on my side today.”
Déjà Vu For AlphaTauri
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was the sole retiree of the grand prix with yet another reliability problem.
With Gasly forced to pull into the pits in the opening stages as smoke cascaded from his AT01.
Gasly: “A very difficult weekend for us, with a few issues here and there.”
“Today we had a drivetrain issue and since the beginning of the race I had problems with gear shifts which we tried to fix on track but we couldn’t, so we had to retire the car.”
Daring overtakes 👀
Drama before the lights even went out 💥
And battles to the final lap ⚔️
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