2020 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton victorious in Hungary to top drivers standings

Lewis Hamilton won his second consecutive Grand Prix as he jumped ahead in the drivers world championship standings, on 63 points for the six-time title winner.

Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, had pitted before the race had even started as they switched for the medium compound tyres as the track seemed too dry for the wet tyres.

Hamilton got clear of the pack, ahead of third place, Lance Stroll, Racing Point, as the lights went out. However, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had to correct his snappy car as it struggled to get grip on the tarmac after the apex of turn one.

It was a hectic time for the teams mechanics as drivers came in for early pit stops, where they changed from the intermediate tyres to the slicks (mediums and soft compounds). However, Nicholas Latifi, Williams, had shortly spun out at turn one and had to limp back to the pit lane with a puncture. This resulted in a five-second time penalty for Latifi after it was decided it was an unsafe release from the Williams team, at the end of the pit lane. Ultimately, this resulted in following puncture for the Canadian after he made contact with Carlos Sainz, McLaren.

Despite the dry conditions on the track, a light rain shower was expected to arrive within 12 minutes as the Mercedes pit wall informed Hamilton, the race leader.

Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri, ended up as the first, and only, retirement of the race as he drove into the pit lane with a smoking AT01 on lap 16. This would be a weekend to forget for the Frenchman as he had trouble with the car all weekend.

After Albon overtook the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, on the apex of turn one of lap 19, the Monegasque was forced to defend against his experienced teammate Vettel, as they went into the following turn. However, he allowed the German driver to pass by on the following lap as they travelled towards turn two.

Reported by the Red Bull, on lap 26, from the pit wall to Alexander Albon, they told the young Thai the incoming rain was upgraded to a medium shower which was set to arrive within eight minutes.

Vettel made his second pit stop in the Hungarian GP as he swapped his mediums for the hard compound tyres. However, rain was scheduled to arrive soon after his stop.

Was it going to rain or wasn’t it? Bottas made a second pit-stop, on lap 34, as he continued with the medium compounds, followed by Albon two laps later who opted for the hard compound. After hesitant moments from the teams, it was Ted Kravitz, Sky Sports F1 reporter, who reported the rain had missed the track. This meant it was set to be a dry race to the end.

According to Sky Sports F1, Red Bull were summoned to the stewards, at the end of the race, after it suspected they breached article 22.3 in the sporting regulations by, allegedly, drying out Albon’s grid spot prior to the start of the race.

‘Other than by driving on the track, Competitors are not permitted to attempt to alter the grip of any part of the track surface’

Article 22.3 in the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations

For his third pit stop of the race, Bottas swapped his medium tyres for the hard compound, as Mercedes attempted to force Red Bull’s hand to avoid the potential of an undercut.

In an attempt to overtake his to-be teammate, Sainz attempted a move on Leclerc at turn two. However, the Monegasque pushed the Spainard out wide to maintain his position. Nevertheless, Sainz was able to complete the move, on the Ferrari driver, a lap later at turn one.

With eight laps to go, the race leader, Hamilton had the chance for a free pit stop, as he had a substantial lead on second-place Verstappen, with nearly 27 seconds separating the two drivers. As he preferred to go with the soft compound tyre in the manner to get the extra championship point with the fastest lap, he was advised to swap his mediums for the hard compound. However, after a dummy by the silver arrow mechanics, the six-time world champion finally pitted, on lap 67, and ended up six seconds ahead of the Dutch Red Bull driver as they travelled to turn four, on the soft compound.

Bottas and Verstappen fought fiercely for track position, and 18 points, as they trundled around on the final lap. However, it wasn’t enough for the Fin driver as he finished behind the Red Bull after they followed Hamilton past the chequered flag who won the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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