Luckily, the Hungaroring had to be a track with few overtakes! We saw them everywhere and throughout the race. A race that will not be forgotten soon for the incredible emotions it offered from start to finish. And at the conclusion of 70 breathless laps, Esteban Ocon won his first GP, leading the Alpine to success for the first time. It took an anomalous race to see the French brand with the 24-year-old French driver win a victory that no one would have believed before the start. Esteban was eighth on the grid and was expert and diligent in avoiding the trouble of the turmoil unleashed by Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll.
The Frenchman was second behind Hamilton after the slaughter in the wet. And once Lewis had to give up the Intermediates with a pit stop, Ocon found himself in the lead and no one overtook him anymore. The transalpine made no mistake, defending the success from the attack that brought Sebastian Vettel on lap 49 during the dubbing of Antonio Giovinazzi.
The Alpine collects its first victory after just 11 GPs of history. A pride that rewards the work of two Italians: the president and CEO of the Renault Group, Luca De Meo, and Davide Brivio, the “fortune-teller who won a world championship with Suzuki in MotoGP and who led the Alpine to victory in half season.
The Aston Martin German tried in every way to tease Ocon, but the Frenchman never offered Sebastian the right to close an attack and the four-time world champion had to settle for second place, replicating the placement of Baku. The German started tenth and made the most of his AMR21 with a race in which he put all his experience to bear.
He did not take the podium, but it was certainly the one that gave the most show: we are talking about Fernando Alonso who with the other Alpine literally drove Lewis Hamilton crazy before giving him the position with a duel that inflamed all the standing audience. on the stands. The Spaniard, thanks to his strenuous defense, prevented Hamilton from returning to the top two to fight for victory after finishing at the back of the pack. A pinch of Ocon’s success can be attributed to that 40-year-old from Oviedo who finished fifth.
It was an epic race with Hamilton who brought Mercedes to third place after a comeback from applause that allowed him to take a third place that is worth 15 precious points in the world challenge. The epta champion, with Max Verstappen only tenth with a Red Bull crippled at the first corner, returns to the lead of the championship standings with six points of advantage. The Dutchman has never been the protagonist, but only an innocent supporting actor.
Ferrari takes fourth place with Carlos Sainz, after the retirement of Charles Leclerc in the billiard table of the first corner. The Spaniard who started 15th came close to the podium, overtaken in the final by the unleashed Hamilton. The Cavallino team pays an inadequate qualification and loses a great opportunity to win a race again. The Reds did not show the pace that could have been expected with Carlos leading a smooth race, but in Maranello we could have expected more from such an anomalous race. The Cavallino’s advantage is that McLaren didn’t get a spider out of the hole from the Hungarian trip.
Positive the AlphaTauri able to score points with the two drivers: Pierre Gasly, sixth, and Yuki Tsunoda, seventh, who submitted to the order of the team to give up the position. The Frenchman, mounted a train of soft in the final, centered the fastest lap in 1’18 “394 and removed the additional point from Hamilton. The team from Faenza was useful to Verstappen, doing a good job not as a team, but in group.
First points for Williams: Nicholas Latifi, long third, is eighth ahead of teammate George Russell. Grove’s team drops zero in the standings and makes sense of the whole season in a single race.
When the cars are on the grid it starts to rain and all the drivers decide to line up with intermediate tires. Michael Masi decides for the standing start and the competitors have the opportunity to test the grip only in the formation lap. A serious error of assessment, because no one ran on wet asphalt. And the effects are seen shortly after.
At the start Valtteri Bottas after a bad start with the intermediates misses the braking point at turn 1 and hits the McLaren of Lando Norris that bounces and slides to the left going to hit the innocent Max Verstappen. The Mercedes of the Finn pulls over with the front suspension torn off: he will be punished with 5 positions on the starting grid of the Belgian GP and pays two points on his Super license.
Just behind Lance Stroll does worse: he chooses to take his Aston Martin into the grass inside turn 1 and, due to the wet, brutally rams Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari that was on the rope at the corner: he too will leave 5 positions at the start of Spa. The Monegasque ends up on Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren that hits the other Red Bull, that of Sergio Perez.
After the multiple carom, Bottas, Leclerc, Stroll, Perez and Norris were forced to retire. A quarter of the grid out after one lap. Race direction lets in the safety car and immediately afterwards decides to stop the race with the red flag on lap 2.
Verstappen returned to the pits to remove dangling pieces of bodywork: a bargeboard came off as he was exiting the pit lane and during the stop for the red flag the mechanics tried to repair the damaged bottom on the right side and the splitter under the body. His RB16B is very battered, but Max does not give up.
At the restart from a standstill on the grid there is only Lewis Hamilton with intermediate tires: all the others return to the pits to replace the green tires and switch to medium compound slicks. The epta champion takes off alone when the traffic lights go out followed by the pack of opponents coming out of the pit lane. Mercedes made a serious error of assessment and immediately calls the Englishman back to the pit, only Lewis ends up in the rear of the group, while Mazepin retires with a suspension torn from Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo that comes out of his pitch without adequate indications by the team.
It is a bad weekend for the team from Hinwil, as Antonio Giovinazzi also took a stop and go for not respecting the speed in the pit lane. The Finn was sanctioned with a 10 second penalty which he served on lap 16 before changing tires and switching to hard tires to go to the bottom. Iceman, however, has to deal with the left front tire that does not unscrew. The two Alfa Romeos end up at the bottom of the group. Too many mistakes for an evanescent team that lost the opportunity to earn heavy points.