Sebastian Vettel claims Scuderia Ferrari ‘s eleventh podium in 2019 at the Hungarian GP. The Prancing Horse, however, has a lot of work to do during the summer break. Lewis Hamilton snatches the win from Max Verstappen in a late-stages battle, and both drivers cross the chequered flag with a one-minute gap to both Ferrari.
Hungarian GP: bittersweet result for Ferrari
The team chose two different strategies for its drivers. Charles, initially third, changed tyres on Lap 28 to switch to hard tyres. Sebastian, on the other hand, made it to his 40th lap before changing his medium tyres to a set of soft tyres (with a very slow pit stop). The ability to manage these tyres allowed him to reach and overtake his teammate in the final stages of the race.
All the efforts were to no avail in a track that was hell for the team. Slow cornering clearly isnt’ the SF90’s best feature. Moreover, overtaking is notorious difficult at the Hungaroring. Neithere drivers were able to challnege max verstappen and Lewis Hamilton for the win. The two battled it out until the very end: Hamilton got on fresher hard tyres, and quickly closed a 19-second gap to the Dutchman, who was starting in pole.
Valtteri Bottas, who was a strong contender for the win, faced another heavy setback and is now hanging by a thread to both Mercedes and his P2 spot in the Drivers’ Championship. The Finn suffered a strong overtake from Hamilton right at the start of the race, and collided with Leclerc shortly after. His front wing resulted to be damaged as a consequence, and he was only able to recover to a points’ finish thanks to a wise pit strategy. He ends the race eighth, behind Sainz, Gasly and Raikkonen.