Hungarian Grand Prix: Esteban Ocon Wins Chaotic Hungarian GP, Lewis Hamilton Takes Championship Lead

Lewis Hamilton missed the chance to chalk up his 100th victory but did take over the lead in the world championship as France’s Esteban Ocon steered his way through a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to collect his first ever win. After a tactical error dropped pole-sitter Hamilton to last place, the Briton picked his way through the field, finally clawing his way past Ocon’s Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso, to finish third behind the Frenchman and Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin. For 24-year-old Ocon, who controlled the race from…

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Charles Leclerc was skittled out in ‘nice bowling game’

Charles Leclerc described the melee at the first corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix as “a nice bowling game” – but it left him understandably furious. Valtteri Bottas was the instigator of the mayhem on a greasy Hungaroring dampened by a rain shower when he ran into the back of Lando Norris, ending their races and that of Sergio Perez who also got caught up in the chaos. In trying to avoid that incident, Lance Stroll dived to the inside but got on the grass, lost control of his Aston…

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Alonso surprised not to have been passed earlier by Hamilton

Fernando Alonso put up a staunch defense against Lewis Hamilton for the better part of ten laps in the latter part of the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the Spaniard believes the Mercedes driver should have passed him much earlier. While his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon led Sunday’s proceedings, Alonso progressed up to fourth with just over 20 laps to go. However, a fast-moving Hamilton storming through the field caught up with the Spaniard. Aware that a strong resistance would only increase Ocon’s chances of success, Alonso put in an extra…

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Lando Norris on Valtteri Bottas: ‘Why risk those kind of stupid things?’

Lando Norris felt Valtteri Bottas’ actions at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix were “stupid” after both drivers were eliminated. Rain started to fall at the Hungaroring shortly before lights out, leaving the drivers with a tricky start to negotiate on intermediate tyres. It was a task Mercedes’ Bottas was not up to, with the Finn getting his braking all wrong at Turn 1 and slamming into the rear of Norris’ McLaren. The contact sent Norris ploughing into Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, while Bottas proceeded to clear out Sergio…

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Bottas causes mayhem and red flag in Hungarian GP!

The Hungarian Grand Prix was red-flagged after two laps following a collision and chaos at the first corner sparked by Valtteri Bottas. The field launched off the grid on intermediate tyres, with Lewis Hamilton leading the pack. While the Mercedes was spared any dram, a late braking Bottas rammed the back of Lando Norris who in turn hit the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Bottas than t-boned the other Red Bull of Sergio Perez while around the corner Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll took out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who spun around…

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Red Bull ‘lost 5km/h on the straight to Mercedes’

Red Bull’s technical guru Adrian Newey reckons Mercedes have “recently found a bit more power” after Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position in Hungary. Chasing a record ninth Hungarian GP win, the Mercedes driver clocked a 1:15.419 to beat Valtteri Bottas to pole position by three-tenths of a second. Max Verstappen was a further tenth behind in third place. Out-paced by Mercedes in Friday’s second practice, Red Bull decided to run a smaller wing on Saturday but even that wasn’t enough to put them on a par with Mercedes. According to…

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Haas feeling the burden of 'frequent and heavy' crashes

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner lamented Mick Schumacher’s crash in FP3 in Hungary insisting his drivers’ wrecks this season have become “too frequent and too heavy”. Schumacher lost it at the Hungaroring’s Turn 11 during Saturday’s final practice and spun into the barriers, damaging his VF-21 to the extent that he was forced to sit out qualifying. It was the German driver’s third crash this year, having seriously damaged his car in FP3 in Monaco and suffering a contact with the barriers in qualifying at Paul Ricard. Although Haas has…

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Sebastian Vettel hoping Max protects Schumi’s record

Sebastian Vettel hopes Max Verstappen wins the title this year so that Michael Schumacher’s records remain intact. Currently leading the championship, the Dutchman is the only man in with a chance of stopping Lewis Hamilton from winning an eighth World Championship this season. If Hamilton can do so, he will become the sole record-holder when it comes to titles won, surpassing Schumacher’s long-standing record total of seven. During their time together on the grid, Vettel enjoyed a close relationship with his fellow German, seeing him as something of a mentor – a role…

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Hungarian GP: Saturdays action in pictures

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton came out on top in Saturday’s top-ten shootout in Hungary, but with Red Bull and Max Verstappen opting for a different tyre strategy for race, it’s still anybody’s guess who will prevail. Check out our recap in pictures from qualifying at the Hungarian GP at the Hungaroring. 85 You may also like Hungarian GP: Friday’s action in pictures Hungarian GP: Thursday’s build-up in pictures British GP: Sunday’s action in pictures British GP: Saturday’s action in pictures British GP: Friday’s action in pictures British GP: Thursday’s build…

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Guenther Steiner losing patience with Haas’ costly crashes

Guenther Steiner is close to his tolerance threshold with the number of costly crashes involving the Haas team’s rookie drivers. The latest incident involved Mick Schumacher in FP3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix, hitting the wall at Turn 11 with an impact that left the team narrowly short of enough time to repair the car for qualifying. Saturdays have not been lucky for the German on a few occasions this season. A similar scenario occurred in Monaco, while at the French Grand Prix, Schumacher put Haas in Q2 for the…

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