French Alpine-Renault driver Esteban Ocon won the “crazy” race for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the eleventh stage of the Formula 1 World Championship, at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
It is the first time that Ocon wins a grand prix in his professional career, and beat German Sebastian Vettel “Aston Martin”, and Britain’s Lewis Hamilton “Mercedes”, who regained the lead in the overall standings from Red Bull’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen, who had only one point by reaching tenth.
“It’s an indescribable joy, a great win and a great result for the team,” Ocon said. “We’ve had difficult moments this season, but we kept working. I don’t know what to say, it’s just a great win.” His contribution to my coronation and my help in my battle with Hamilton.”
Albin, the new name for Renault in Formula One, gave his team the first victory since 2008, when Alonso won the Japanese Grand Prix.
Ocon, 24, took advantage of the disastrous start of the last race before the summer break, the bad luck of Verstappen and the wrong strategy of Hamilton and his Mercedes team regarding the tires, to become the 14th French driver to climb to the top of the podiums in Formula One, most notably the four-time world champion. Alain Prost (51 wins) and Rene Arnault (7).
Ocon followed in the footsteps of his compatriots Olivier Banes (1996 Monaco Prix) and Pierre Gasly (Italy Monza 2020), when both benefited from a crazy race to take first place.
Ocon started from eighth place, but found himself second after the catastrophic accident that occurred after the start, and led to the withdrawal of four drivers at once, Finn Valtteri Bottas “Mercedes”, Charles Leclerc of Monaco “Ferrari”, Mexican Sergio Perez “Red Bull” and Canadian Lando Norris “McLaren”.
Bottas, who started from second place, caused the accident when he fell in the first meters to fifth to be overtaken by Ocon, but the Finn hit him from behind, and pushed him towards Verstappen, who exited the track with other drivers, and Stroll also caused a collision and came out empty-handed .
Bottas and Stroll were punished by dropping five places in the Belgian Grand Prix scheduled for August 29 .
All the cars returned to the garage except for Hamilton, who lasted one lap before stopping to put on dry tires as the sun returned, like all his competitors before him.
The race stopped for about half an hour before it resumed, but Hamilton was forced to enter the garage again after a third of the race to change the “hard” tires, in a wrong strategy for his team. Behind Ocon, Vettel, Science and Alonso.
Hamilton entered a fierce competition with Alonso, the world champion in 2005 and 2006, before taking fourth place from him on lap 65, then snatching third place from Science three laps before the end.
Hamilton, who was seeking to win the 100th in his professional career, regained the lead in the general standings from Verstappen, after he was eight points behind him before today’s race.
Hamilton raised his score to 192 points, six points ahead of Verstappen.
Vettel, the four-time world champion from 2010 to 2011, succeeded in climbing to the podium for the second time this year after the first in Azerbaijan when he also came second.