Mercedes Strategic Masterclass Leads Lewis Hamilton To Victory In The Hungarian GP
Max Verstappen led the race for 67 laps only to be overtaken by Hamilton on fresher tyres with 3 laps remaining
Mercedes showing sheer brilliance, saw Lewis Hamilton come out victorious yet again in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The Hungaroring was very well lit by the furious battles between Verstappen and Hamilton for the victory.
Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen started a race on the pole position for the first time in his career, but couldn’t hold onto the position. Valtteri Bottas started the race second on the grid. A poor start with a few lockups dragged him down to third behind Lewis. Charles Leclerc who went to overtake him, had his rear left collide with Bottas’ front wing which left him with a slower pace and dropped to P5. Bottas had to take an early pit stop for a new front wing, and he was left on the last position, to compete from the last again. He fought back strong and managed to finish at 8th, taking home 4 points.
Ferrari were very quick on the straights but were visibly slow on the corners which had left them stuck on third and fourth, leaving it for a two-horse race between Verstappen and Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel finished the race on 3rd position, after overtaking Charles Leclerc in the last lap of the race. Vettel ran the whole race behind Leclerc, but in the end had an advantage because of younger fresh soft tyres, while Leclerc was on older Hard tyres.
Daniel Ricciardo had started the race last on the grid after he failed to qualify for the Q2, due to traffic in his last qualifying lap. He was 18th on the grid after Q1, but Renault took to upgrading a power unit which saw him penalised further into the grid position. He could only manage to finish on 14th.
Mercedes rolled the dice, when they boxed Hamilton, catching off the Red Bull napping. He came out of the pit lane 20 seconds behind Verstappen, but on fresher medium tyres. Verstappen was on old, hard tyres, to which Hamilton capitalised strongly. Verstappen could see a silver arrow in his rearview mirrors on Lap 65, attacking fiercely. Lap 67 saw Hamilton overtaking him, with Verstappen’s tyres wearied of rubbers.
Max was boxed in the next lap, with substantial distance with the Ferrari’s behind. Fresh new soft tyres were put in, which helped him gain an extra point for the fastest lap of the race.
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