Lewis Hamilton dominates his home Grand Prix leading every lap of the race, Ferrari was heading for a strong result when disaster struck in the final laps.
It was a succesful qualifying for the Scuderia, Kimi in P2 and Seb in P3. Hamilton had pole position by over half a second, he was in a different class this weekend. Perhaps not going to the F1 Live event actually was a good idea?
The start was clean, but it only took half a lap before we were treated to yet another embarrassing mistake by Kvyat, this time he crashed into his team mate Sainz which put him out of the race. Kvyat himself had damage but could continue the race, later he received a drive-through penalty for the incident. An interesting debrief at Toro Rosso tonight…
Vettel had a poor start, probably caused by overheating. There were 2 warm-up laps because Palmer stranded on the side of the track with hydraulic problems. This allowed Verstappen to take 3rd place before the safety car stopped the fight.
When Sainz’ car was recovered, the battle resumed and we saw some close racing. Ferrari quickly realised it is nearly impossible to pass Max Verstappen and they gave Vettel some fresh tyres. The undercut worked and Seb got in front of Max.
The top places remained untouched for a long time until a black cat walked into the Ferrari pitbox and destroyed our hopes of a double Ferrari podium. First of all Bottas passed Vettel, the Finn delivered a consistent drive today and the Mercedes was undeniably the faster car. 5 laps to go with Kimi in 2nd place and Seb in 4th, a decent result was in sight.
Drama for the team and fans when Raïkkonen got a puncture, he managed to hang on to 4th after his pitstop. Then Vettel’s tyre gave up earlier in the lap and left him limping to the pits, watching crucial championship points slip away. He ended in P7.
Kimi got P3 when Red Bull panicked and called Verstappen in for new tyres.
A Mercedes one-two makes the constructor championship a lot less exciting.
Lewis Hamilton dominated all weekend: a perfect pole lap, leading the whole race and closing the gap to Vettel in the championship to just 1 point.
Can Ferrari win in Hungary? See you in two weeks!