The best possible result for Scuderia Ferrari as the team takes its second 1-2 finish of the year. Sebastian Vettel starts his summer break on top of the World Championship. Plenty of drama behind the red leaders.
The Scuderia reserved the front row of the grid on saturday, giving the team a perfect place to start the race. It was a pleasure to see so many Ferrari fans around the Hungaroring, a small and tight track, bathing in the hot sunlight on raceday.
Both Kimi and Seb took a great launch and quickly disappeared into the distance. Grosjean and Hulkenberg touched in the first corner and Verstappen made a mistake in turn 2. Unfortunately his team mate Ricciardo was on the outside and received a hit to his side, damaging the suspension and forcing him to retire. This caused a short safety car. Verstappen got a 10 second penalty and pushed on to finish 5th.
Back to green flag and the Ferraris stayed out in front, but Vettel was struggling with a steering problem. He still managed to push very fast lap times, but told us afterwards that it was really hard.
An interesting moment between Hulkenberg and Magnussen: the Hulk was much faster and placed an overtake on the outside of turn 2, Kmag then pushed him off the track. When Hulkenberg confronted him about his unsporty driving after the race, he replied “Suck my balls mate”. Magnussen received only 5 seconds penalty. Fernando Alonso was a lot faster than usual, finishing P6 and taking home the fastest lap of the race!
In the final laps, Hamilton tried to overtake Räikkönen but did not succeed. Ferrari on top, Mercedes following in 3rd and 4th. Vettel can enjoy the summer break leading the championship by 14 points over Hamilton.
Next up: the mythical Spa Francorchamps!