Sunday’s Formula 1 Hungary GP 2017 was as much about tension and teamwork as it was about wheel-to-wheel racing, but who came away happy with their lot? Who heads into the summer break as winner and who as loser?
Ferrari could not have responded more emphatically to their drubbing at Silverstone than they did with their dominant 1-2 at the Hungaroring. It was Ferrari’s first one-two in Hungary since 2004.
Mercedes were all but resigned to getting beaten this weekend, just as Ferrari were in Britain, in their track-specific championship fight. The Ferraris were just the better car round the twists and dips of the Hungaroring. Valtteri Bottas finished 3rd while his team mate Lewis Hamilton finished 4th.
Daniel Ricciardo was incensed when Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen took him off in the second corner on the opening lap. Verstappen finished 5th.
McLaren finally moved out of last place in the constructors’ table, with Fernando Alonso finishing an excellent 6th and remarkably setting fastest lap on the race! Stoffel Vandoorne surviving for 10th after a near-miss with the spinning Ricciardo on the opening lap, then a delay when he got his braking wrong during his pit stop. They now have 11 points to Sauber’s five.
Carlos Sainz’s brilliant start was the key to Toro Rosso’s race, which secured 7th position after a dogged fight with countryman Fernando Alonso.
Force India’s two drivers, Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, once again brushed wheels for the third time this year, though this time it didn’t matter. The contact happened in the first corner after the start, and each damaged their car as Perez squeezed ahead of Ocon. They went on to finish 8th and 9th.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg shown great pace for most of the weekend – only dropping from ‘best of the rest’ 7th on the grid to 12th because of the many problems they had during the race. The German subsequently retired with gearbox problems.
These are the drivers world championship standings from the first half of the F1 2017 season:
Enjoy the race highlights from both the British and Hungarian Grand Prix!