Hungarian F1 GP: 8th win of the year for Max Verstappen

Not a mistake by Max Verstappen, with a top, stopped him from ‘destroying’ Ferrari, a team that once again made bad strategic decisions, which combined with the poor performance of their 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 witnessed a three-team duel with Mercedes joining Red Bull and Ferrari, but only in the first two-thirds of the race, as the Ferraris sank in the finals, even losing, clearly to the two Mercedes, who finished second and third again.
Lewis Hamilton was second ahead of George Russell, and Mercedes goes on vacation a little more excited, which is not the case with Ferrari, which has a lot of ‘neurons’ to burn, in order to try to understand what happened.

Great race by 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 overtaken Esteban Ocon at turn 1. Always recovering, Verstappen stopped for the second time on lap 38, with the team on medium tyres. Many thought that the tires wouldn’t last until the end, but with the track getting a little damp and the temperature low, the Dutchman ended up with a huge advantage, winning for the eighth time this year, making it clear that nobody will bother him too much in the fight for the title.

Second place for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes F1 W13/Mercedes), who passed Sainz with six laps to go, placing himself on the provisional podium. Before Lewis Hamilton soon overtook the two Alpines and took fifth place, on lap 9 he passed Sergio PĂ©rez to Esteban Ocon, staying in seventh place behind Verstappen continued to make his race, recovering little by little. He was at the front of the race for some time, with the different race strategies that there was in the field and in the finals on soft tyres, he reached second place after passing George Russell.

Third place for George Russell (Mercedes F1 W13/Mercedes). Nice race for the Mercedes with Russell benefiting from pole and going to the front. He stopped early, was a little behind but emerged in second position benefiting from Ferrari’s (once again) bad strategy, sixth podium of the year, having been close to equaling his best career result and that would be the best with Mercedes, if he had equaled the second place he did with Williams last year at Spa, in that ‘non-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 one, 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 so, 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 lukewarm race, still more than enough to beat Charles Leclerc.
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari F1-75) was sixth, he even led the race after all the competition had stopped and when the Monegasque pitted on lap 22, he returned with medium tires in second place, more than 1 second behind Russell and ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz, but from then on his race went from bad to worse with the hard tyres, which he got rid of on lap 50, but then there was nothing he could do.
McLaren partially ‘won’ Alpine, as although Lando Norris (McLaren MCL36/Mercedes) finished in seventh place 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 due to a touch on Lance Stroll’s Aston Martin. Another bad race for the Australians who are slow to help the team more.
Rounding out the top 10 was Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin AMR22/Mercedes). A good result, the last time he had scored was in Great Britain and before in Azerbaijan.

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