Lewis Hamilton has taken out the Hungarian F1 GP at the Hungagoring. There was plenty to see in the closing stages of the race. Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth after starting position twelve and surviving a tangle with Valtteri Bottas. Bottas would finish fifth as he and second place getter Sebastian Vettel collided, resulting in minor damage to both cars. Kimi Raikkonen finished third with a smart overtake on Bottas with five laps to go.
Max Verstappen’s Red Bull car suffered the same issue as Ricciardo last week, with his MGU-K unit failing with five laps to go, with an angry young Dutchman exclaiming: ““Mate, really? Can I not just keep going? I don’t care if this f***ing engine blows up.” “What a f***ing joke, all the f***ing time. Honestly. Argh.” Christian Horner would later dryly state he’d wait for the next round of excuses from Renault.
Pierre Gasly’s dream run continued with a sixth place finish. Battling with both Carlos Sainz (who finished ninth) and fading ultrasofts, the Frenchman managed to hold his Toro Rosso out until lap 33 before a much needed pit stop had him on softs. The final gap between he and seventh place getter Kevin Magnussen in the Haas would be thirteen seconds.
Veteran driver Fernando Alonso made it home for eighth, hailing the McLaren team decision to have he and Stoffel Van Doorne run long on their initial set of tyres. Celebrating his 37th birthday, Alonso was set to finish with a team double, only to have Van Doorne pull over on lap 50 with his car suffering a gearbox failure. Romain Grosjean would close out the top ten a lap down.
This concludes the first half of the 2018 season. A well deserved break for a few weeks comes their way before heading to Belgium and the fabulous Spa-Francorchamps circuit for August 26.