It was another walk in the park for Lewis Hamilton as he dominated Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. It was his eighth win at Hungaroring and the 86th of his career, which puts him five wins away from tying Michael Schumacher for most wins in Formula One history.
Round three of the 2020 F1 season took place at Hungaroring for the Hungarian GP.
There was drama early as on the reconnaissance laps, which were needed due to the wet conditions from rain all day, Max Verstappen locked up the left-front tire and hit the wall in turn 12. The team worked desperately on the car to get it ready for the race, which they succeeded in.
On the formation lap, the Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean came down pit road to switch out their intermediate tires for soft tires. It would pay off as they would wind up in the top five due to the rest of the field pitting later for the slicker tires.
Nicholas Latifi and Carlos Sainz would make contact on pit road, which caused a puncture to Latifi’s left-rear tire. Latifi would go for a spin in turn one and would suffer a five-second penalty for an unsafe release.
Meanwhile, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen would receive a five-second penalty for being out of position at the start.
On lap 17, Pierre Gasly would blow an engine and be the first retirement of the day.
Just past the halfway point of the race, the stewards summoned Red Bull Racing post-race due to drying the grid box of Alexander Albon, which is against FIA regulations.
Nobody could match Hamilton’s pace as he went on to win without challenge.
Verstappen was able to finish second after the scare prior to lights out, scoring his 33rd career podium.
Valtteri Bottas, after a poor start off the grid, would rally to complete the podium in third.
Lance Stroll picked up his best finish since last year’s German Grand Prix with a fourth-place run.
Albon rallied to a fifth-place finish but his fate will be determined by the stewards after the race. Stay tuned for updates.
Sebastian Vettel scored his best finish of 2020 with a sixth-place run.
Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and eighth respectively.
Magnussen finished ninth, which is first time scoring points since last year’s Russian Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz would round out the top 10.
F1 will take next week off and return on Aug. 2 for the British Grand Prix.