F1 Hungarian GP: Hamilton dominates in wet-dry race, Verstappen recovers to second

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton dominated an otherwise breathtaking wet-to-dry 2020 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, as Max Verstappen held off a charging Valtteri Bottas to take second for Red Bull

F1 Hungarian GP: Hamilton dominates in wet-dry race, Verstappen recovers to second

Verstappen made a two-stop strategy work after the early running on a wet track, which followed the Dutchman crashing on his way to the grid and needing urgent repair work in the minutes before the lights went out.

At the start, Bottas appeared to move before the lights went out and he and Sergio Perez were then slow away from second and fourth, while Hamilton and Lance Stroll leapt clear, with the fast-starting Verstappen and Ferrari drivers charging up the order.

Hamilton pulled away from Stroll through the opening corners while Verstappen sealed third going into Turn 2 after Sebastian Vettel slid on the exit of the first turn, losing momentum.

At the front, Hamilton raced to a 3.1s lead at the end of the opening tour, with the frontrunners starting to shed their intermediates for slicks at the end of lap two of 71, led by Charles Leclerc and Bottas, who took the softs and mediums respectively.

Hamilton and Stroll came in for their own mediums at the end of the following tour, with Hamilton rejoining in the net lead, while Verstappen stayed out for one more lap and used his time in the lead to jump past Stroll when he took his own mediums at the end of lap four.

While Hamilton quickly retook the lead ahead of Verstappen, Stroll found himself running behind both Haas cars after Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean pitted at the end of the formation lap to take mediums.

By lap six and the end of the early pitstop chaos, Hamilton led Verstappen by 7.8s, which he set about extending with a series of fastest laps.

Stroll dispatched Grosjean with a bold move aided by DRS into Turn 1 and then set about catching and passing Magnussen, which he did after a brief pause to take third at the same spot at the start of lap 16.

As the drivers were regularly told of the threat of more rain, Hamilton continued to extend his lead over Verstappen - while Stroll did not immediately close up on the Red Bull, instead coming under increasing pressure from Bottas.

The second Mercedes driver had followed Stroll through the field after a brief off-track excursion at Turn 2 when he slide wide while fighting Leclerc, who quickly began to struggle for grip on his softs.

As the promised rain failed to appear, Bottas pitted first of the leaders for a second time on lap 33 and used the clear air to jump Stroll, who came in two laps later and rejoined well adrift of the Mercedes in fourth.

Verstappen and Hamilton came in on lap 36 and 37 respectively, going for the hard and medium tyres in turn, and while they stayed in the same order, Verstappen was immediately in danger from Bottas's rapid pace on fresh mediums.

While Hamilton was busy extending his lead up above 20 seconds, Bottas homed in on Verstappen with his softer rubber with a series of fastest laps.

By lap 45 he was within striking distance, but after falling back in traffic Mercedes opted to bring Bottas in for a third time and switch him to the hards, with a 22-second gap to close to take second.

Although the Finn tore chunks from Verstappen's lead in the early stages of his final stint, he did not close in as quickly as might have been expected despite his fresher tyres.

After they had dodged their way through traffic it all came down to the final lap, but although Bottas was finally within DRS range he was not close enough into Turn 1 and could not find away by, coming up 0.7s short.

At the front, after some confusion with his engineer about a late stop and which tyre to take, Hamilton swapped his massive lead over Verstappen to come in and take fresh softs at the end, which he used to break the fastest lap twice - for the second time on the final tour.

He won by 8.7s at the flag to take his eighth win at the Hungaoring.

Behind the top three, Stroll finished 57.5s behind Hamilton to equal his best result for Racing Point.

Alex Albon went from 13th on the grid to take fifth ahead of Vettel, who shortly after team-mate Leclerc made an early second stop despite the possibility of rain.

It looked like it had worked a treat for Vettel, but running deep into Turn 2 late on cost him against the Red Bull.

Perez recovered to seventh at the finish ahead of the long-middle-stint running Daniel Ricciardo.

Magnussen scored a magnificent ninth to take Haas's first points of 2020 after sliding down the order as the quicker cars eased by across the race.

But the Dane nevertheless held on ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr, who survived contact in the pitlane with Williams's Nicholas Latifi (who finished 19th after two spins, one with a puncture immediately after the clash with the McLaren for which he was given a five-second time penalty).

Sainz prevailed in a tight late scrap with Leclerc, who abandoned his soft tyres after complaining about his lack of grip and like Vettel ran long on the hards to the finish to take the final point.

Grosjean eventually finished 15th behind Esteban Ocon, with Kimi Raikkonen 16th and with five second added to his race time for lining up out of position at the start.

Latifi ended up as the final runner, with Pierre Gasly the only non-finisher as he retired after 15 laps with smoke pouring from his AlphaTauri in the pitlane.

Hungarian Grand Prix result - 70 laps

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 1h36m12.473s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 70 8.702s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 70 9.452s
4 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 70 57.579s
5 Alexander Albon Red Bull/Honda 70 1m18.316s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 69 1 Lap
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 69 1 Lap
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 69 1 Lap
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 69 1 Lap
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 69 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri/Honda 69 1 Lap
13 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 69 1 Lap
14 Esteban Ocon Renault 69 1 Lap
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
17 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 69 1 Lap
18 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 69 1 Lap
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes 65 5 Laps
- Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Honda 15 Gearbox

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 63
2 Valtteri Bottas 58
3 Max Verstappen 33
4 Lando Norris 26
5 Alexander Albon 22
6 Sergio Perez 22
7 Charles Leclerc 18
8 Lance Stroll 18
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. 15
10 Sebastian Vettel 9
11 Daniel Ricciardo 8
12 Pierre Gasly 6
13 Esteban Ocon 4
14 Antonio Giovinazzi 2
15 Daniil Kvyat 1
16 Kevin Magnussen 1
17 Kimi Raikkonen 0
18 Nicholas Latifi 0
19 Romain Grosjean 0
20 George Russell 0

Constructors' championship

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 121
2 Red Bull/Honda 55
3 McLaren/Renault 41
4 Ferrari 27
5 Racing Point/Mercedes 25
6 Renault 12
7 AlphaTauri/Honda 7
8 Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 2
9 Haas/Ferrari 1
10 Williams/Mercedes 0


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