Vettel wins as Fernando Alonso sets fastest lap- Hungarian GP review

Sebastian Vettel has won the Hungarian Grand Prix as Mclaren score double points finish and Alonso sets the fastest lap.

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Immediately at the start, there was drama as Verstappen went wide into turn 1 allowing cars and his team mate through. Then at turn 2, Ricciardo went around the outside of Verstappen, but the latter locked up and hit Ricciardo’s sidepod. Ricciardo then spun at turn 3 and retired due to the damage caused.

Verstappen was later given a 10-second penalty for the incident.

There was also trouble for Grosjean and Hulkenberg as the touched at turn 1 sending Grosjean off the track.

This brought out the safety car and caused an oil spillage on the track.

On the restart, Sainz came together with Alonso send the latter off the track.

Then something strange happened as Hamilton’s engineer told Hamilton they were having IT troubles. This then led to a radio breakdown as Hamilton was unable to talk back to the team.

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On lap 21 the struggling Palmer was asked to move over for his much faster team mate Hulkenberg and collided into turn 1.

After making his first stop Grosjean hit trouble when a loose wheel caused him to have to slow down and eventually stop and retire. It was later seen that one of the mechanics signalled a cross thread just after he left the pits.

And it wasn’t all plain sailing at the front, Vettel hit trouble as well when his steering wheel started to go off centre and forced him to avoid the kerbs.

On lap 31 Bottas made his pit stop letting Hamilton back through, Hamilton then pitted on the next lap and Bottas regained the place.

After noticing Vettel’s issues Mercedes told Bottas to attack for the lead.

On lap 46 Hamilton got back on the radio and immediately started throwing 30+ laps of info and feelings at his engineer, saying he felt the tyres were OK to continue further having been unable to say at the time.

One lap later Mercedes ordered Bottas to allow Hamilton through, the Finn going very wide at turn 1 to cooperate. The Crit was then given 5 laps to overtake Raikkonen whilst Verstappen was closing in on Bottas.

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This is where things started to get feisty, with both Ferrari and Mercedes causing each other down.

Raikkonen though was catching Vettel at a rate of knots and many believed that Ferrari should have let him through to take the win but they elected to keep things as they were.

This allowed Hamilton to close up to Raikkonen.

A close battle ensued as Vettel continued to struggle but still, Ferrari stayed firm.

Lap 56 and Hamilton’s 5 laps were up, but Bottas was so far back they decided to give him another 5 laps. This left Bottas in a difficult situation with Verstappen, having diminished his 10-second disadvantage getting ever closer.

This meant Mercedes could end up dropping Hamilton to 5th if they swapped back.

However, no-one could go anywhere due to the increased dirty air this year meaning anyone following couldn’t get more than 1 second behind and in the DRS zone.

A few late refinements for Hulkenberg and Di Resta on his F1 return an unfortunate end.

On the last lap after failing to get past Raikkonen, Hamilton did the honourable thing and let Bottas past at the final corner as promised earlier.

Also on the last lap Alonso out in a stonker of a lap to go faster in the McLaren-Honda as both McLaren’s scored points for the first time this year.

 

Final results are as follows

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