Formula 1’s visit to Hungary has seen Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel take another solid victory for the 2017 season.
SEBASTIAN Vettel has claimed Budapest after struggling through a steering wheel malfunction for the majority of the race. Lewis Hamilton displayed a classy act of sportsmanship in the final lap, allowing teammate Valtteri Bottas retake third place and finish on the podium.
The night’s horror show goes to Red Bull. Max Verstappen earned himself a 10-second penalty after ramming into Daniel Ricciardo in the first lap, forcing the Aussie out of the race.
Sebastian Vettel increased his drivers’ world championship lead to 14 points on Sunday when he led Kimi Raikkonen home in a dominant Ferrari one-two at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
In his 50th race for Ferrari, the four-time champion German controlled the contest from pole position in stifling heat to reel off his first win in five races since the Monaco Grand Prix.
His main title rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished fourth, after handing a podium finish back to his teammate Valtteri Bottas on the final lap following a late switch to enable the Briton to attack the two Ferraris.
Dutchman Max Verstappen finished fifth for Red Bull after surviving an opening lap collision with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo that saw the angry Australian forced into an early retirement.
Two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso came home sixth and recorded the fastest lap of the race for McLaren-Honda after a stirring and often remarkable drive.
Vettel, who started the day just a point ahead of Hamilton, increased his lead by another 13 after 11 of this year’s 20 races as the circus takes a now-traditional three-week European summer holiday before the Belgian Grand Prix.
It was Ferrari’s first one-two in Hungary since 2004.
— with AFP