Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton wins supreme victory, Max Verstappen second despite pre-race crash

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A dominant Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the F1 world championship for the first time in the 2020 season with his second consecutive victory and an eighth record on the same circuit at the Hungarian GP.

But Max Verstappen remarkably denied Mercedes another double after delaying Valtteri Bottas for second place – despite his Red Bull car crashing and breaking the front wing in wet conditions before the race.

Verstappen’s afternoon had looked like it was over before it even started when he lost control on his way to the grid on intermediate tires and slipped into a big nose-first impact with the barriers at Turn 12.

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Max Verstappen was on his knees outside the pits in the direction of the grid, but he crashed and crashed at turn 12 before the lights even went out!

Max Verstappen was on his knees out of the pits towards the grid, but he crashed and crashed at turn 12 before the lights even went out!

However, a frantic and heroic effort by his Red Bull mechanics on the grid ensured that his repaired car had just started – and Verstappen then reimbursed them immediately from seventh to third on the line as Bottas lost crucial ground from the first row.

However, Hamilton was in a league of his own throughout the afternoon and could even afford a late stop for new tires to try and grab the bonus point for the fastest lap – which he duly got. on the last tour for the maximum of 26 points.

Hamilton’s 86th career victory means he now leads Bottas to the five-point standings before the British GP in two weeks. Another victory at the Hungaroring also ties Michael Schumacher’s record for eight victories at one site.

“The first run had several different shots that I might not have been ready for, but I refocused and the last two were fantastic,” said Hamilton cheerfully. “This weekend we’ve just been on point the whole time, so we have to try to keep going. ”

Although the podium was out of reach for Racing Point, Lance Stroll still capped an impressive weekend with an impressive fourth place – his best result since joining the team last year.

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Watch the reruns of a spectacular race start in the Hungarian GP.

Watch reruns of a spectacular start to the Hungarian GP race.

After a scorching Saturday where he retired in Q2, Alex Albon ran strongly from 13th place in second Red Bull and passed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for fifth place late. Red Bull escaped without penalty after an investigation for allegedly drying the Albon RB16 grid box before the race.

Vettel was the only Ferrari to score points, with Leclerc in 11th place, and was ridden by old rival Hamilton to highlight the mountain that Scuderia must climb to get back into the running this year.

Sergio Perez finished seventh at Racing Point second after a poor start, Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Renault.

Kevin Magnussen, meanwhile, opened Haas’ scoring tally for 2020 with opportunistic driving to the point after the team cleverly pitted their two cars against each other at the end of the formation lap for dry tires and leapt into the ‘order when others did the same several laps later.

However, after finishing ninth, he was fined 10 seconds after the race after the marshals estimated that during a clash at Magnussen, Haas had illegally used “driving aids”. This left him a place in the final results.

McLaren, meanwhile, had a more difficult afternoon than Austria with Carlos Sainz collecting his only point in 10th place, thanks to a late pass over a struggling Leclerc.

Hungarian GP: Top 10 results
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4. Lance Stroll, Racing Point
5. Alexander Albon, Red Bull
6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
7. Sergio Perez, Racing Point
8. Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
9. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
10. Kevin Magnussen, Haas

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Watch Max Verstappen climb to third place after starting seventh and suffering an accident before the race.

Watch Max Verstappen climb to third place after starting seventh and suffering an accident before the race.

How did Verstappen recover from his pre-race crash?

In a weekend totally dominated by Mercedes, and after a tough qualifying session with a poorly driven car that left them on the grid, Verstappen’s chances of separating Hamilton and Bottas seemed far from seventh on the grid, regardless of the changing race day conditions in which it usually thrives. in.

But no luck seemed absolutely gone when Verstappen committed one of F1’s deadly sins – crashing before the race even started.

Or at least what it seemed.

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Max Verstappen’s reaction to his unexpected second place in Hungary.

Max Verstappen’s reaction to his unexpected second place in Hungary.

After assessing the extent of the damage and the repair work required after Verstappen damaged the RB16 to slide on the grid, the Red Bull mechanics set out to restore it to racing condition.

“It wasn’t what I wanted at the start of course, to end up in the barriers, a little lack of grip – but the mechanics did an amazing job fixing the car,” Verstappen said after finishing second .

“I don’t know how they did it, amazing. Everything was working normally. To repay them with the second place, I am very happy. ”

After his stellar getaway placed him second behind Hamilton and Stroll at the end of the first lap, Verstappen edged out Racing Point when he did one more lap on his mid tires after the top two stopped to dry at the end of the third round.

But any hope of catching up with Hamilton – who had opened up a huge 3.1-second lead in the first round – was quickly put to bed when the Mercedes simply pulled away up front.

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Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok are at the SkyPad to analyze the departure of Valtteri Bottas during the Hungarian GP.

Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok are at SkyPad to analyze the departure of Valtteri Bottas during the Hungarian GP.

Bottas’ fight fails by the second

Bottas, meanwhile, had fallen to seventh after a problematic first row leak. The Finn’s Mercedes rolled lightly before the start, before coming to a stop, and he lost momentum when the lights went out for real.

The commissioners felt that no investigation into a jump start was necessary, as Bottas was free to focus on a response across the field.

“It was a very bad race on my part to be honest. By starting second, we obviously aim to win the race, ”admitted Bottas. “But I lost it from the start, I reacted to a light on my dashboard that went off. I don’t know what it was. ”

From sixth to the end of the first lap, Bottas retaliated diligently and returned to the podium positions on lap 36 when he passed Stroll. From there, the Finn started chasing Verstappen for second place, with Mercedes preparing for a late assault on Red Bull with a third dry tire stop in the final stages.

However, despite a considerably faster lap than his Dutch rival in the final laps, Bottas missed 0.8 seconds from the flag and had to settle for third place.

Result of the Hungarian GP race

ChauffeurTeamTime
1. Lewis HamiltonMercedes1: 36.12.473
2. Max VerstappenRed Bull+8.702
3. Valtteri BottasMercedes+9,452
4. Spear walkRace point+57,579
5. Alexander AlbonRed Bull+78,316
6. Sebastian VettelFerrari+1 tour
7. Sergio PerezRace point+1 tour
8. Daniel RicciardoRenault+1 tour
9. Carlos SainzHaas+1 tour
10. Kevin MagnussenMcLaren+1 tour
11. Charles LeclercFerrari+1 tour
12, Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri+1 tour
13. Lando NorrisMcLaren+1 tour
14. Esteban OconRenault+1 tour
15. Kimi RaikkonenHaas+1 tour
16. Romain GrosjeanAlfa Romeo+1 tour
17. Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1 tour
18. George RusselllWilliams+1 tour
19. Nicholas LatifiWilliams+5 tours
Pierre GaslyAlphaTauriDNF

Next step in Formula 1: Silverstone! Watch the British GP, the first of two consecutive races on the famous circuit, live on Sky Sports F1 from July 31 to August 2.

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