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It’s vintage Vettel in Hungary


Sebastian Vettel returned himself and Ferrari to victory lane at the Hungaroring.

This was the 41st career victory for the four time world champion and moves him into a tie with the late Ayrton Senna for third in all time wins in Formula 1. Daniil Kvyat scored his first career podium with a runner-up finish. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium in third.

The weekend started off with everything going the way of championship leader Lewis Hamilton. He led the way in practice and won the pole, but botched the start, went off track and fell back to tenth. For most of the race, it shaped to be a Ferrari sweep of the podium with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen running first and second.

That all changed when Nico Hulkenburg crashed out in turn 1 and brought out the safety car. This setup a Ferrari 1, 2 and Mercedes 3, 4 restart. Unfortunately, Hamilton botched the restart, damaged his wing and fell back to tenth. To add insult to injury, he was hit with a drive-through penalty for contact with Daniel Ricciardo.

The finish was setting up to be almost identical to last year with Ferrari in first, Mercedes in second and Red Bull in third. With ten laps to go, Ricciardo dive bombed past Rosberg in turn 1. The Mercedes driver went past him and made contact with him. He suffered a tire puncture and finished eighth. A whole mess of drive-through penalties moved Lewis Hamilton from 13th to finishing sixth. It was the first time in 28 races that neither of the Mercedes duo finished on the podium.

It was a great day for the McLaren Honda team. Fernando Alonso finished a season best of fifth and Jenson Button finished ninth.

Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean and Marcus Ericsson rounded out the top ten in fourth, seventh and tenth.

With all the success Sebastian Vettel had in his years at Red Bull Racing, he had never won at the Hungaroring until today.

That’s all from Hungary. Formula 1 goes into its summer break for the next four weeks. This includes two weeks of mandatory factory shut down where teams are not allowed to be at their respective race shops. Formula 1 returns August 23rd for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.


About Author

My name is Tucker Carmen White. I'm from Knoxville, TN. I'm here because I have a deep love of NASCAR and I'm currently studying to become a sports journalist. While NASCAR is my primary focus, I've recently gotten into Formula 1. Being from Knoxville, I'm naturally a diehard fan of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Sebastian Vettel, seen here in preseason testing, scored the victory at Singapore. (Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.)

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