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SEBASTIAN VETTEL DOMINATES HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

Lights to flag victory for Sebastian Vettel in the Hungarian Grand Prix - Photo: LAT

Lights to flag victory for Sebastian Vettel in the Hungarian Grand Prix – Photo: LAT

Even with some minor issues, it was a lights to flag victory for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Starting off the front row both the Ferrari’s lead the field away, while behind it was rough and tumble through the opening few corners as the rest of the field fought hard for positions early in the race notoriously hard for overtaking.

Australian, Daniel Ricciardo, came off worst out of the altercations. His Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen colliding with the side of Ricciardo’s car, ending his day just a few corners into the race. Verstappen would later receive a 10 second penalty for his part in the crash, putting him out of contention for the race lead. The incident would trigger the first and only appearance of the safety car.

Meanwhile out in front it was a duel between the Ferrari’s and Mercedes’. Vettel held slight margin over Kimi Raikkonen. Behind Lewis Hamilton, who had radio troubles during the opening stages of the race, convinced his team he was faster than Valtteri Bottas, and organised with the team to move in front of his team mate to try challenge the Ferrari’s.

Lewis Hamilton leading Valtteri Bottas before handing the place back - Photo: LAT

Lewis Hamilton leading Valtteri Bottas before handing the place back – Photo: LAT

Hamilton, unable to get past the Ferrari’s, handed back the position to Bottas on the final corner. Allowing Bottas to claim the final spot on the podium.

The drive of the day went to Fernando Alonso, who secured his and McLaren’s best result of the year in sixth. Also setting the fastest lap time of the race on the second last lap.

Formula 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Result

Position Driver Car Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 70 laps
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.908s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 12.462s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 12.885s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 13.276s
6 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m11.223s
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1 lap
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 lap
9 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1 lap
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1 lap
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1 lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1 lap
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 lap
14 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1 lap
15 Pascal Werhlein Sauber/Ferrari 2 laps
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 laps
17 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
DNF Paul Di Resta Williams/Mercedes Retired
DNF Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari Retired
DNF Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault Collision

Formula 1 Championship Standings

Position Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 202
2 Lewis Hamilton 188
3 Valtteri Bottas 169
4 Daniel Ricciardo 117
5 Kimi Raikkonen 116
6 Max Verstappen 67
7 Sergio Perez 56
8 Esteban Ocon 45
9 Carlos Sainz 35
10 Nico Hulkenberg 26
11 Felipe Massa 23
12 Lance Stroll 18
13 Romain Grosjean 18
14 Kevin Magnussen 11
15 Fernando Alonso 10
16 Pascal Werhlein 5
17 Daniil Kvyat 4
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Marcus Ericsson 0
20 Stoffel Vandoorne 0
21 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
22 Paul Di Resta 0

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