THE BALL – Verstappen wins Hungarian GP (Formula 1)

Max Verstappen, in Red Bull-RBTP, added a new grand prize to his resume that now has 28 victories in Formula 1, eight in the 2022 World Cup: starting from 10th position on the starting grid, after a technical problem in yesterday’s qualifying, the 2021 champion made his debut in Hungary and, taking advantage of Ferrari’s bad day, combined his 8th win of the season with an increase in his lead over Charles Leclerc at the top of the drivers’ championship standings, from 63 points to 80 .

Verstappen, who played the top role before taking the lead in a race that registered 7 changes of commander and was almost always under the threat of rain, benefited from the correct tire strategy, starting with the softest Pirelli compound, to attack in the first phase of the great prize, in order to gain positions, and riding the medium in the two stops he made during the 70 laps.

Surprisingly, with Ferrari out of action, due to wrong strategic decisions, also related to tire selection, a (very) good day for Mercedes, which put two drivers on the podium again, as happened a week ago, in Paul Ricard, France, in round 12 of the championship, with Lewis Hamilton in 2nd position, ahead of teammate George Russell. In the Constructors’ World Cup, the German team has 30 points less than the Italian team, which is now 97th behind Red Bull, which is increasingly well positioned in the race to regain the title that it hasn’t won since 2013.

Formula 1, after this race at the Hungaroring, takes a break, returning to action only on August 28, with the Belgian Grand Prix.


1st Max Verstappen, Red Bull-RBPT, 1:39.35.912 h

2nd Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +7,834 s

3rd George Russell, Mercedes, +12,337 s

4th Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, +14.579 s

5th Sergio Pérez, Red Bull-RBPT, +15.688 s

6th Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +16.047 s

7th Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes, +1.18.300 m

8th Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault, +1 lap

9th Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault, + 1 lap

10th Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes, +1 lap

11th Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes, +1 lap

12th Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +1 lap

13th Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, +1 lap

14th Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari, +1 lap

15th Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes+, 1 lap

16th Kevin Magnussen, Haas-Ferrari, +1 lap

17th Alexander Albon, Williams-Mercedes, +1 lap

18th Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes, +1 lap

19th Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-RBPT, +2 laps

20th Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, Abandonment

Drivers’ Championship

1st Max Verstappen, 258 points

2nd Charles Leclerc, 178 points

3rd Sergio Perez, 173 points

4th George Russell, 158 points

5th Carlos Sainz Jr., 156 points

6th Lewis Hamilton, 146 points

7th Lando Norris, 76 points

8th Esteban Ocon, 58 points

9th Valtteri Bottas, 46 points

10th Fernando Alonso, 41 points

11th Kevin Magnussen, 22 points

12th Daniel Ricciardo, 19 points

13th Pierre Gasly, 16 points

14th Sebastian Vettel, 16 points

15th Mick Schumacher, 12 points

16th Yuki Tsunoda, 11 points

17th Zhou Guanyu, 5 points

18th Lance Stroll, 4 points

19th Alexander Albon, 3 points

20th Nicholas Latifi, 0 points

21st Nico Hülkenberg, 0 points

Constructors’ World

1st Red Bull-RBPT, 431 points

2nd Ferrari, 334 points

3rd Mercedes, 304 points

4th Alpine-Renault, 99 points

5th McLaren-Mercedes, 95 points

6th Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 51 points

7th Haas-Ferrari, 34 points

8th AlphaTauri-RBPT, 27 points

9th Aston Martin-Mercedes, 20 points

10th Williams-Mercedes, 3 points