The Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring is often called Monaco without the walls and it was a track that Ferrari were quickest on with Friday’s practice sessions proving that notion. Mercedes were not as quick and were even concerned about being quicker than the Red Bulls. They needed help and Saturday brought the help they needed.
A rainy qualifying session provided chaotic, changeable conditions and Mercedes took advantage by out-performing Ferrari for a front row lockout. This meant that Ferrari would have to rely on their long-run pace in order to try to win but that is a tall order on a track like Hungary.
In the end, Mercedes didn’t have to contend with the long-run pace of the Ferraris as Lewis Hamilton had a good start, took the lead and managed the pace for 70 laps for the win. Sebastian Vettel recovered to second with his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, in third. It isn’t the result Ferrari would have wanted as they honored the passing of their CEO, Sergio Marchionne.
A big win for Mercedes, who didn’t feel this circuit was going to flatter them, but Saturday’s rain provided an opportunity to out-perform Ferrari and Sunday was an opportunity to execute their plan and not have to contend with Ferrari’s quicker pace. A big gift on a weekend they weren’t expecting a gift and it is a critical win for both championships
A big win for Pierre Gasly and Toro Rosso for a brilliant 6th place finish and a very good drive from the Frenchman. Pierre had a good start and managed his race to remain in the top 10 all day. A good result for the team and Honda with a nice points haul.
A win for Daniel Ricciardo who lost places at the start and managed to pick his way through the field into 5th place. He managed to finish the race after being clouted by Valtteri Bottas late in the race and despite underfloor damage, Daniel has a terrific drive back to the front with his teammate, Max Verstappen, suffering a DNF.
A win for Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen who had a measured, incident-free race to 7th and in the points. More importantly, it puts Haas F1 5th in the Constructor’s Championship and his teammate, Romain Grosjean, recovering into the points helped as well.
A fail for Valtteri Bottas who was running well and in second place having covered Kimi Raikkonen’s early pit stop only to clash with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo in the closing laps of the race on worn tires. Valtteri was nonplussed with the label the team gave him as wingman to Lewis, the team’s strategy and the outcome of the race. He called both clashes racing incidents, but the team’s verbiage and strategy seemed more frustrating to the Finn.
A fail for Red Bull who suffered yet another Renault engine failure (MGU-K) with Max Verstappen on lap 6 and for McLaren who had a Renault engine failure on lap 51 with Stoffel Vandoorne who was having one of his best races thus far in his new chassis.
A fail for Sauber’s Charles Leclerc who had a DNF on lap 2 and for Marcus Ericsson who couldn’t manage to pick up the pieces for the team finishing down in 15th.
A WTH moment for Renault who were running well but both drivers sank toward the back and two customers suffered engine failures. Sainz and Hulkenberg finished 9th and 12th respectively and it should have been both cars in the top 10 fighting for best of the rest, instead, Toro Rosso had those honors.
One of those odd moments when you’re thrilled to have a team boss like Christian Horner on your live broadcast and the chance to have him call the pass his driver is making on a competitor only to have them hit each other and Horner left to live broadcast the incident. Quick thinking from Crofty to take over the broadcast at that point.
Certainly Force India’s drama this weekend was a WTH moment and it now becomes clear why we aren’t seeing the Force India of 2017. Sad that a driver had to initiate the administrative proceedings and that the current owners didn’t do anything to move the team onward to a new owner.
Not quite sure why Ferrari’s pace in Vettel’s car wasn’t there on the Ultrasoft compounds. It seemed the right strategy but the slow pit stop lost Vettel the chance to cover Bottas’s stop and this spoiled any chance they had at pitting their pace against Lewis Hamilton’s.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||70||46.419s|
|6||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||70||1m13.273s|
|7||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|8||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Renault||69||1 Lap|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Renault||69||1 Lap|
|10||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||69||1 Lap|
|11||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||69||1 Lap|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||69||1 Lap|
|13||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||69||1 Lap|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||68||2 Laps|
|16||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams/Mercedes||68||2 Laps|
|17||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||68||2 Laps|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||5||Power Unit|