Ferrari dominates Hungary – Hungarian Grand Prix 2017
Heading to the summer break, the Hungarian Grand Prix was another mostly dull affair with only one uncharacteristic show of sportsmanship…
- Sebastian Vettel – Despite a steering wheel issue, Vettel stayed ahead.
- Kimi Räikkönen – Räikkönen’s second podium in a row and on a solid drive none the less.
- Valtteri Bottas – Bottas was dragging behind Hamilton who let him past on the final lap. The result helps keep Valtteri third in the championship.
- Lewis Hamilton – Hamilton had his radio out for over half the race with a technical hitch. When he came back online, he proposed switching positions to challenge the Ferraris. As mentioned above, when he couldn’t catch the black stallions, he voluntarily gave back his position to Bottas. An uncharacteristic move from Lewis and I feel really unnecessary, as he sacrificed some good points in the process. More power to him, I guess.
- Max Verstappen – Verstappen’s day was marred by his run-in with his team-mate. Other than that, it was a solid drive.
- Fernando Alonso – With both McLarens on points for the first time this season, this was easily the best race for the team thus far.
- Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso had an uneven day as only one car scored points yet again.
- Sergio Perez – Force India continued with their solid performances.
- Esteban Ocon – Ditto for Ocon.
- Stoffel Vandoorne – Vandoorne could have been higher but he drove long during his pit-stop which added unnecessary time to his finish. Were it not for Magnussen’s penalty, this could have been disastrous.
Golden Pineapple Award: Daniil Kvyat
Kvyat becomes the 8th man to be added to the pineapple chart. Considering this is his best result in six races must not feel really good. Kvyat is already close to being suspended due to a high amount of penalties. Here’s hoping the Racing Russki finds his stride during the summer break.
Drop-out count: 4
Daniel Ricciardo was taken out by his team-mate at the start which lead to a safety car session between laps 1-5.
Romain Grosjean who was already falling behind due to being pushed off the track by Nico Hülkenberg, finally had his race ruined by the Haas pit-crew who released him with one of his rear-tyres still not connected.
Nico the Hülk called it quits late with a technical issue as did Williams substitute driver Paul Di Resta.
Back of the Lot News:
Jolyon Palmer started in the Top-10 and fell back to 12th so this was a sad day. Kevin Magnussen was also dropped from points with a 5 second penalty for forcing Hülkenberg off the track at some point. Williams also had a rotten day with Lance Stroll only managing a 14th place.
Sauber continued with their underwhelming performances. Pascal Wehrlein was 15th and second to last.
Dead Last: Marcus Ericsson – Amazingly this is only Ericsson’s second time as the very final man on track. In his defense, this was yet another absolutely pathetic weekend from Sauber.