Certainly see only one car line up on the starting grid while waiting for the traffic lights to go out, it was a unique event in the history of Formula 1. The single-seaters had fitted intermediate tires, but the track conditions encouraged the teams – except one – to call their drivers to wear dry tires. The only team that made the courageous and wrong decision to line up on the starting pitch was Mercedes, with Lewis Hamilton who after the first lap was forced to return to the pits and then queue at the back of the group. Clearly being ahead of the group. the Englishman was unable to adapt to the decision of the other riders, who having seen Esteban Ocon return – second – decided one after another to imitate him.
This move thus forced Hamilton to make a strenuous comeback on a track like that of Budapest which is anything but simple for overtaking maneuvers, as the Englishman noticed especially in the duel with Fernando Alonso. The same seven-time world champion at the end of the race observed: “We always complicate our lives. To think that I was left alone on the grid is crazy. These are not things that happen. I was talking to the team about how the track was drying over the course of the lap. They said it would rain again… clearly they had some different information“. He then thought about defending the choice of the team strategists Toto Wolff: “The decision was 100% right and I support it. You have to make a call and judge if you need dry or wet tires. We thought the track wouldn’t dry in just one lap. The result was wrong, but the correct decision. Perhaps it is the work of karma, we probably didn’t deserve to win and the 25 points for first place“, Concluded the Austrian team principal.