Sebastian Vettel: What a difference a race makes. Just when it looked like Mercedes were starting to get the upper edge on Ferrari, the Scuderia, responded with a front row lockout in qualifying and a 1-2 finish in the race. Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the Hungaroring gives the German a 14 point lead at the top of the standings heading into the summer break. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the Ferrari driver as he had to contend with a steering issue throughout Sunday’s race.
Fernando Alonso: The Spaniard gave McLaren their best result of the season after finishing sixth. Alonso made a stunning overtake on his compatriot, Carlos Sainz, after finally managing to pass the Toro Rosso driver. The Spaniard also had more reasons to celebrate as he set the fastest lap of the grand prix as he continues to outperform the machinery he’s given. Sunday’s race just remind F1 fans of what a talent Alonso is and the sooner he’s in a race winning car the better!
Force India: Another double points finish for the team as they continue to assert their authority over fourth place in the constructors championship. Sergio Perez finished eighth with his teammate Esteban Ocon just a place behind in ninth. However, it could have been a different story for the team as for the third race of 2017 the pair made contact with both the Mexican and Frenchman picking up damage but ultimately went on to deliver a decent result for the team.
Red Bull: A case of what might have been for Red Bull. After topping both of Friday’s practice sessions, it looked as if Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen would make it a 6-way battle for victory but any hopes of that happening were swiftly ended when the Dutchman made contact with his teammate leaving a normally happy Aussie fuming as he was forced to retire from the race. Verstappen went on to finish in fifth and had it not been for a 10 second time penalty for causing the collision, the Dutchman, could have challenged for the win.
Mercedes: After their dominant display at Silverstone, the German manufacturer never had the pace to match Ferrari’s SF70H at the Hungaroring. However, with Vettel’s problems at the front, Mercedes may have missed an opportunity to thwart Vettel’s and Ferrari’s championship hopes had Hamilton not suffered from radio problems. The Brit was allowed to overtake teammate Bottas in order to attack the Ferraris ahead but when that failed Hamilton sportingly gave the place back to his teammate at the final corner which could come back to haunt him later in the year.
Kimi Raikkonen: With Vettel’s steering issue causing him to lose time, Raikkonen, may have dared to dream of winning his first F1 race since Australia 2013. However, despite Mercedes closing in on both cars, Ferrari gambled and didn’t allow Raikkonen to pass his teammate. Ultimately, the gamble paid off with the German just doing enough to keep the Silver Arrows at bay with Raikkonen playing the team game and setting for second.
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