As the rain fell at the start of the race at the Hungaroring, all 20 riders started on intermediate tires, although Antonio Giovinazzi dived into the pits at the end of the formation lap to bet on dry tires.
When the lights went out poleman Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Max Verstappen got some good escapades, but Valtteri Bottas was slow away from second and was surprised when Lando Norris – who started sixth – passed him. . Bottas then locked and slid into the back of Norris’ McLaren as the cars started to pass Turn 1. Norris was knocked down in Verstappen’s car, while Bottas himself crashed into the second. Red Bull by Sergio Perez.
Bottas and Perez were spot on, while Verstappen continued but tumbled down the order and took significant damage, as was Norris.
Behind this incident, Lance Stroll attempted to dive inside at Turn 1, but collided with the side of Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, which in turn was pushed against Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren.
Leclerc and Stroll were out, as Ricciardo turned around but continued. A safety car was called, but race director Michael Masi then signaled the race as there was so much debris on the track.
Bottas, Perez, Stroll and Leclerc were therefore all out in the first lap, while McLaren later confirmed that Norris would not be resuming the race because his MCL35M had suffered too much damage.
Meanwhile, championship leader Max Verstappen was lowered to 13th place, but stopping the red flag allowed Red Bull to get to work trying to fix his damaged car before the restart.
When the race resumes, the first six will be: Hamilton, Esteban ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz, Yuki Tsunoda and Nicholas Latifi.
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