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HUNGARY 2022 GP RESULTS. Max Verstappen takes brilliant victory after catch-up race, Ferrari goes wrong again

What preceded…

The Formula 1 circus descended on the Hungaroring for what is traditionally the last race before the summer break. The short and winding circuit near Budapest produced another very surprising winner last season with Esteban Ocon. The chance of a new surprise did not seem completely nonexistent in advance, because changeable weather was predicted for the weekend, just like the past two seasons.

In the end, it turned out that no rain was needed on Saturday to mess up the grid. George Russell stunted by diving under the times of the two Ferraris and scoring his first pole position. Sainz and Leclerc were second and third. There was drama at World Cup leaders Red Bull: Max Verstappen had to deal with engine problems in the last qualifying part and only started tenth, teammate Pérez was right behind him in eleventh place.

How did the start go?

George Russell in Lando Norris (who had started fourth in his McLaren, ed.) were the only riders in the top eight to put on the soft tire to start the race, the rest opted for the medium tyre. That helped the two maintain their positions: Russell remained in the lead ahead of Sainz, Leclerc and Norris. Lewis Hamilton moved up from seven to five, while Verstappen and Pérez also won some spots: they were now eighth and ninth.

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It was not a completely clean start, because in the opening lap the virtual safety car had to be called in immediately after a collision in the back field. Alexander Albon tried to dive into Sebastian Vettel in the second corner, but broke his nose that way. Vettel was able to continue his race without too much damage or loss of time.

How did the victory come about?

Russell kept his lead for the two Ferraris in the first stint without any major problems. Behind it was looking forward to the advance of the two Red Bulls. The two soon outwitted Alpine riders Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, who would also make each other’s life miserable later in the race.

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After the first set of pit stops there were some changes in the order. Russell kept the lead, but now got Leclerc behind him – who had also made his pit stop a little later and therefore had fresher tires. Sainz, Verstappen, Hamilton and Pérez followed. Leclerc took the lead moments later with his fresh tires.

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However, the race was not yet run. While it started to drizzle on the Hungaroring, Verstappen was the first of the toppers to enter for a second pit stop. That turned the race on its head: Leclerc and Russell were also taken to the pits, while Sainz and Hamilton stretched out their stint. Ferrari also mounted the hard tire on Leclerc, while there were concerns beforehand about the pace drivers could get from that tire.

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Verstappen, meanwhile, put in a brilliant first lap on his new rubber and managed to overtake Russell. The world champion then immediately went looking for Leclerc, who was clearly having a hard time on his hard tires. Verstappen didn’t take long to pass his peer, but made a mistake a few corners later. The Dutchman went around and saw Leclerc pass again. Russell and Pérez just failed to take advantage of Verstappen’s blunder.

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Leclerc was also passed by Russell a few laps later, after which Ferrari actually decided to have the young Monegask change tires for the third time. Leclerc finished sixth, behind Verstappen, Russell, Sainz, Hamilton and Pérez. Sainz and Hamilton had meanwhile also made their second pit stop for soft tires.

Verstappen was no longer threatened in the final laps and was able to secure his eighth victory in thirteen races this season. Lewis Hamilton outwitted both Carlos Sainz Jr. as teammate George Russell: the seven-time world champion came in second, Russell turned it into a second consecutive double podium for the Silver Arrows.

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Carlos Sainz fell just short of the top three, Pérez and Leclerc followed. norris was best of the rest in seventh place, followed by the two Alpines of Alonso and Ocon. The last point went to Sebastian Vettel.

Who distinguished himself?

Saturday was a disaster day for Max Verstappen mechanical problems, but on Sunday everything came together again for the world champion. He drove a strong race, apart from that one spin, and was on the right strategy. His lead in the World Cup is now 80 points over first pursuer Leclerc: he has already grabbed that second world title with one hand, it seems.

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Mercedes underlined their strong performance in France last week by repeating it in Hungary: Lewis Hamilton second, George Russell third. Both gentlemen made a very strong impression at different points in the race. If the dime falls completely their way, there will really be another victory for Mercedes this season: the gap with Red Bull and Ferrari has clearly narrowed.

Behind the unleashed top six knew Lando Norris a carefree race. The young Briton was allowed to start from fourth place, but the logic was respected afterwards. Norris couldn’t do anything against the Red Bulls, Mercedes and Ferraris in his McLaren, but easily finished seventh. You can’t ask for more from him: he is a bit more solid seventh in the World Cup.

Who didn’t have their day?

Yes, we need to talk about this again Ferrari to have. The strategic department at the Italians made another mistake: Charles Leclerc first drove a longer stint on mediums, then got a new set of mediums and was brought in very early for a second pit stop. Given the distance to the finish, the hard tires had to be used while that was a big risk. The result: Leclerc saw all chances of winning fade and only finished sixth. Sainz also fell off the podium. They can forget the world title in Maranello, and it will not come soon with these kinds of strategies.

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At the McLaren future of Daniel Ricciardo have been questioned for some time now. With that in mind, the Australian has not gifted himself in Hungary. He seemed on his way to points and at one point even made a wonderful overtaking maneuver on both Alpines at the same time, but Ricciardo threw it all away afterwards by clumsily colliding with Lance Stroll. In the end, he only finished fifteenth.

the same Lance Stroll we can therefore also place it with the losers. The Canadian looked to be on his way to a second points finish in a row – a feat that is far from obvious in the Aston Martin – but lost a lot of time when he was rong-tagged by Ricciardo. In the end, he finished in a thankless eleventh place. The only ‘consolation’ is that he only lost it to teammate Vettel in the final phase, so Aston Martin can still go on holiday with a point.

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How high was the spectacle value?

Quite high. We got to see a real battle between the top three teams Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes for the first time this season, although Verstappen ended up winning by a comfortable margin. The strategy game was interesting to follow throughout the race and the top six also competed on the track: what more could the neutral viewer want? The constant threat of rain was also an interesting factor.

What do we remember from this race?

That Max Verstappen has booked a brilliant victory and above all that he has once again dealt a strong blow to Ferrari and Charles Leclerc. The red brigade found a circuit in Hungary that suited their car well, but Leclerc’s gap on Verstappen has suddenly grown considerably: from 63 to 80 points. If no crazy things happen to the Dutchman after the summer break, that second world title is a fact.

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