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Max Verstappen takes an incredible win at The Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian Grand Prix, Six Sports

Max Verstappen stormed through the field to win the Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th on the grid. A perfectly executed strategy by Red Bull saw Verstappen make amends for his qualifying woes. Verstappen made some clean overtake on the track including a race-lead move on rival Charles Leclerc. Even a 360-degree spin was not able to prevent him from winning. A resounding win sees him gain a massive 80-point lead in the championship.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez, however, was not able to cut through the field in a similar fashion. He made his way into the top six along with Verstappen but failed to move any further. He eventually finished fifth.

Consecutive double podium for Mercedes

Mercedes yet again showed extremely good pace as they bagged another double podium with a second for Lewis Hamilton and a third for George Russell. Both the Mercedes were in the shootout for pole position in qualifying. Russell put in a stonking lap to take his maiden pole position while Hamilton was hampered by a DRS issue on the final run and had to settle for seventh.

Russell led away from lights out and fended off the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz in the first stint. Eventually, he was passed by a much faster Charles Leclerc in the second stint. He was passed by Hamilton in the last stint and took the flag in third place.

Hamilton was on a recovery drive from seventh on the grid. He got rid of the Alpines and the McLaren of Norris quickly. He then bolted on a set of softs in the final stint and passed Sainz and teammate Russell to come home in second with the fastest lap to boot.

Ferrari fumbles the strategy

Ferrari was looking in good shape to fight back having qualified second and third with championship rivals Red Bulls down in tenth and eleventh. Sainz stuck behind Russell in the first stint with Leclerc close behind. The first round of pit stops saw Leclerc jump Sainz and gun down Russell for the lead. Things looked good for Ferrari to revive their Championship challenge. However, a strategic blunder to switch to the hard led to all the hard work being undone. Leclerc eventually finished 6th while Sainz came home in 4th on a disappointing day for the Scuderia.

Rest of the field

Lando Norris finished P7 behind the ‘top 3 teams’. Behind him were both the Alpines of Ocon and Alonso. Seb Vettel rounded off the point finishers.

Lance Stroll took P11 after contact with Daniel Ricciardo. Pierre Gasly finished P12 after a pit lane start. Zhou Guanyu came home in the 13th after a failed one-stopper ahead of the Haas of Mick Schumacher. Daniel Ricciardo ended a disappointing 15th despite a good first half of the race.

Kevin Magnussen made a good recovery to P16 after getting front wing damage at the start of the race. Alex Albon finished ahead of his teammate in P17. Yuki Tsunoda was the last of the finishing cars.

Valteri Bottas was the sole retirement of the race after he pulled over due to a fuel system failure.

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