The French pilot Esteban Ocon (Alpine) gave the surprise and achieved the first career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, 11th round of the Formula 1 World Championship, ahead of the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and English Lewis hamilton (Mercedes), new leader of the championship after a race where Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) fought for the podium until the final laps.
The Hungaroring, a track where it is difficult to overtake, left a very entertaining appointment, marked so much by its first exit as per second, something that Ocon did not miss to release his record, in large part thanks to his partner who held the seven-time world champion in a sensational ‘battle’, stopped by the Asturian in his attempt to come back. “I think I owe the victory to him as well,” remarked in the interview on the podium.
The Frenchman took the victory, but many accolades went to his veteran teammate, who for his recent 40 years gave himself a wonderful duel with Hamilton for a dozen laps and an excellent fifth place, just behind a Sainz that he was brave and that he flirted with the podium until Stevenage got rid of Alonso, chosen ‘Pilot of the Day’.
It was also a positive day for another veteran like Sebastian Vettel, who also did not miss the opportunity to add his second podium with his new team, while misfortune returned to run into the Dutch Max verstappen (Red bull), again involved in an accident at the start that damaged his car badly and lagged him to tenth place and went on vacation six points behind Hamilton.
Among the candidates for victory who seemed to go free without the two strongest drivers were Sainz, who had signed a sensational first outing, and Alonso, fifth and sixth in this restart behind Ocon, Vettel, Nicholas Lafiti (Williams), who made a ‘plug’ that was also a great help to French and German, and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri).
The Madrilenian knew how to read the race and with the good rhythm of his Ferrari he was able to ‘disobey’ his ‘box’ when he asked to enter to change. His refusal finally helped him overtake Lafiti Y Tsunoda to solidify your podium options, while the Spaniard delayed his entry to the limit and allowed himself the luxury of leading for a few laps.
Hungarian GP results
.1. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine)
.2. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Aston Martin)
.3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes)
.4. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Ferrari)
.5. Fernando Alonso (FRA / Alpine)
.6.Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpha Tauri)
.7. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN / Alpha Tauri)
.8. Nicholas Latifi (CAN / Williams)
.9. George Russell (GBR / Williams)
10. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull)
World Cup qualification
1. Lewis Hamilton – 192 points
2. Max Verstappen – 186 points
3. Lando Norris – 113 points
4. Valtteri Bottas – 108 points
5. Sergio Pérez – 104 points
6. Charles Leclerc – 80 points
7. CARLOS SAINZ – 80 points
8. Daniel Ricciardo – 50 points
9. Sebastian Vettel – 48 points
10. Pierre Gasly – 48 points
11. Esteban Ocon – 39 points
12. FERNANDO ALONSO – 36 points
13. Lance Stroll – 18 points
14. Yuki Tsunoda – 16 points
15. Nicholas Latifi – 4 points
16. George Russell – 2 points
15. Kimi Räikkönen – 1 point
16. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1 point