By Patrick Wedes
With Alpine’s Esteban Ocon taking his first win coupled with his illustrious teammate Fernando Alonso finishing in fourth position, the French outfit were jumping for joy in a thrilling Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel came second and Lewis Hamilton third where a points deficit between himself and Max Verstappen was in the black, he was ahead of Verstappen going into the summer break. The FIA made their way to the Aston Martin pit wall to ask for a fuel sample from Seb’s Aston, and that didn’t end well for the driver or the team. As Vettel had stopped on the track after the race was over, he walked back to the pits for the post-race interview and podium celebrations. His car was disqualified from the race promoting Scuderia Ferrari driver Carols Sainz to third place.
The race started in poor wet weather conditions as we have been seeing over Europe of late. The result of a soon to be red flagged Hungarian Grand Prix was the retirement of Bottas, Perez, Norris, Stroll and Leclerc.
The AMG Mercedes F1 engineers decided to keep Lewis Hamilton on his intermediate tyres as the rest of the F1 grid all opted for mediums on the race re-start. His mis-judged race start forced him to pit again and dropping back into the pack at the end of the line of cars. Ocon never looked back as he lead the re-started race to victory. One the chequered flag dropped we saw Lewis Hamilton charge forward from a P14 position at third overall in what turned out for him to be a 2-stopper.
Good racing from Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda saw them finish sixth and seventh ahead of a very happy Williams Engineering finishing with Latifi in eighth and George Russell in ninety. The final point went to Red Bull’s Verstappen. Positions did change after Vettel was disqualified giving Gasly and Tsunoda fifth and sixth, Latifi and Russell seventh and eighth, Verstappen ninth and Kimi Raikkonen tenth being one lap down as Daniel Ricciardo also a lap down finished in eleventh place.
Most definitely the best Hungarian Formula One race we have witnessed in it’s history on the F1 calendar.