(Formula One) Vettel wins Hungarian GP in Ferrari one-two

Arnold Nichols
July 31, 2017

"I'm over the moon, that was a really hard race", said the victor, who had to wrestle with a skewed steering wheel on a sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring and had no room for error.

"The Mercedes driver has won exactly half of his ten races in Hungary".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen overcame a power failure that briefly forced him off track in P2 and finished fourth quickest, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

At a sun-bathed Hungaroring, the beaming Australian reeled off a best lap in one minute and 18.455 seconds to outstrip nearest rival and championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by almost two-tenths of a second.

Hamilton was allowed to pass Bottas on the proviso he would hand back the final podium spot if he was unable to pass the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second. Third place on the grid went to Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, who has proved, so far, to be something of a dark horse in the championship.

Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, was running fourth behind teammate Bottas.

Red Bull 's Daniel Ricciardo topped both practice sessions Friday and was on course for a start in the front row. That proved to be to the detriment of Ricciardo, as the Dutchman lost control of his auto and clattered into the other Red Bull; Ricciardo's race was over, and Verstappen was slapped with a 10-second penalty.

It only feels like yesterday that the 2017 Formula One season kicked off in Melbourne, alas the mid-point of the championship has been reached as we hit the Hungarian Grand Prix.

It confirms Raikkonen's place as number two in the team, because it was team orders which kept him in second as Vettel struggled with steering that didn't want to play in left-hand corners for much of the race.

"I really threw it away there". "But you can't overtake here and it will be a train unless we can do something on the strategy".

Alonso's sixth place will grab the headlines, but there was another McLaren who saw the chequered flag too - well done, Stoffel Vandoorne, in tenth place, putting more points in the bag for the team.

Hungary was the last race before the August break, with nine of the 21 rounds remaining.

Sahara Force India registered yet another double point finish after Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon claimed a creditable eighth and ninth positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix here.

Paul di Resta had to retire late on for Williams on his return to F1 after replacing the ill Felipe Massa.

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