Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix and topped the overall standingsJuly 19, 2020
The start of the Hungaroring stage took place on a wet track, which promised an unexpected balance of power. However, by the middle of the distance, the position of the pilots took on a familiar form.
British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the third stage of the Formula 1 season. The race took place in Hungary at the Hungaroring circuit. Forecasters predicted a rainy stage – rather heavy precipitation fell before the start, so the race began on a drying track. Everyone went to the warm-up lap with intermediate tires, but during the warm-up period, two Haas pilots decided to enter the pits and change their shoes for slicks.
Despite the difficult weather conditions, the race started without collisions – Hamilton retained the lead, Lance Stroll from Racing Point came in second, and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen made a real breakthrough to third. The unsuccessful start was Valtteri Bottas, who lost a number of positions, as well as Kimi Raikkonen, who took the wrong position on the grid and received a 5-second penalty for this.
After a few laps, the main trajectory of the track dried up, and the pilots, one after another, went to the pits for rubber for a dry track. After the pit stops, Hamilton retained the lead, Verstappen took the second place, and the third and fourth places were taken by the Haas pilots, who successfully implemented the team’s tactics. Valtteri Bottas started the breakthrough from the eighth position and soon became the fourth. Due to an earlier pit stop, the Finn was able to get ahead of Lance Stroll and rushed in pursuit of Verstappen.
Thus, for the second race in a row, the two drivers competed for second place. This time the second place and 18 points in the offset went to the pilot of “Red Bull”, and Bottas was content with the third place.
The Ferrari drivers have shown little progress compared to racing in Austria, but the red cars still lack a strong racing pace. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclair did not make bright overtakes. Due to good tactics, Vettel managed to finish sixth, and Leclair finished the race in eleventh position.
The Racing Point team had another good stage – Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez finished in 4th and 7th places, respectively. Although after the qualifying races the team could count on better results. The only rider to get off was Frenchman Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri, who had engine trouble throughout the weekend.
This time the race was not very successful for the McLaren team. After a podium in the first race and a bright finish in the second, this time I had to be content with 10 and 14 positions. The only point at the Hungarian Grand Prix was brought to the British team by Carlos Sainz. If we talk about the Haas pilots, then Roman Grosjean could not keep the points and finished 15, but Kevin Magnussen performed a real miracle and was able to take the ninth position, keeping Charles Leclair behind. With the current form of the team, this was a really great result.
As a result, the race became a real benifice of Lewis Hamilton, who overtook more than half of the peloton by a lap. At the end of the race, due to an extra pit stop, Hamilton got fresh tires and was able to show the best lap, gaining an additional point in the overall standings. As a result, Hamilton scored 63 points after three races and topped the season’s overall standings. His teammate Valtteri Bottas is second with 58 points.
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