It was not a mistake by Max Verstappen who, with a spinning top, prevented him from “destroying” Ferrari, a team that once again made bad strategic decisions, which were combined with the poor performance of its single-seaters (Carlos Sainz, 4th, Charles Leclerc, 6th) allowed Verstappen, coming from 10th place on the grid, at the Hungaroring, where it is very difficult to overtake, to win with great ease.
For the first time this year we saw a three-team duel with Mercedes joining Red Bull and Ferrari, but only in the first two-thirds of the race as Ferrari sank in the final, even losing, clearly to the two Mercedes, which again finished second and third.
Lewis Hamilton is second ahead of George Russell, and Mercedes goes on vacation a little more excited, unlike Ferrari, which has a lot of “neurons” to burn, trying to figure out what happened.
Nice race from Max Verstappen (Red Bull RB18). He needed a good recovery to get a good result, but he did much more than that as Red Bull responded with the best strategy, by far, compared to the other teams and Max Verstappen did the rest from 10th position on the grid.
On lap 7, Verstappen was sixth, having passed Esteban Ocon at turn 1. Still recovering, Verstappen stopped for the second time on lap 38, with the team on medium tyres. Many thought the tires wouldn’t last to the end, but with the track getting a little wet and the temperature low the Dutchman found himself with a huge advantage, winning for the eighth time this year, making it clear that no one won’t bother him too much in the title fight.
Second place for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes F1 W13/Mercedes), who overtook Sainz with six laps to go, placing himself on the provisional podium. Before Lewis Hamilton quickly passed the two Alpines and took fifth place, on lap 9 he passed Sergio Pérez to Esteban Ocon, remaining in seventh place behind Verstappen continuing to race, recovering little by little. He was leading the race for a while, with the different race strategies that there were in the peloton and in the last stage with soft tires he reached second place, after passing George Russell.
Third place for George Russell (Mercedes F1 W13/Mercedes). Great race for the Mercedes with Russell enjoying pole and moving ahead. He stopped early, was a bit late but came out second benefiting from Ferrari’s (still) poor strategy, sixth podium of the year, having come close to equaling his career best result and that would be the best with Mercedes, if he had equaled the second place he achieved with Williams last year at Spa, in this “out of the race”.
A huge disappointment for Ferrari was fourth place for Carlos Sainz (Ferrari F1-75) and sixth for Charles Leclerc (Ferrari F1-75). Terrible strategic choice by Ferrari, yet another, even with Verstappen’s progress, would hardly miss this race. Not a top in the middle stopped him from winning big. Too bad for Ferrari.
Carlos Sainz led the race, before stopping a second time, when he did he put on soft tires but he didn’t even have the pace to do better behind the two Mercedes.
Sergio Perez (Red Bull RB18) had a mixed race, still more than enough to beat Charles Leclerc.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari F1-75) finished sixth, he even led the race after all competition stopped and when the Monegasque pitted on lap 22, he came back on medium tires on lap two place, more than 1 second behind Russell and ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz, but from there his race went from bad to worse on the hard tyres, which he got rid of on lap 50, but there was no nothing more to do.
McLaren partially “won” Alpine, because while Lando Norris (McLaren MCL36/Mercedes) finished seventh ahead of Fernando Alonso (Alpine A522/Renault) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine A522/Renault), eighth and ninth respectively, the truth is that Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren MCL36/Mercedes) sank in the standings with a penalty he suffered for a hit on Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin. Another bad race for the Australians who are slow to help the team further.
The top 10 was completed by Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin AMR22/Mercedes). A good result, the last time he scored was in Great Britain and before that in Azerbaijan.