Race Report: Lewis takes points lead with Hungarian GP win

After 30 years of racing in Hungary, the winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix has still only come from pole position 13 times as Lewis Hamilton converted a great start into his fifth win at the Hungaroring breaking free of the record four wins he shared with Michael Schumacher.

Lewis took the lead of the race from pole-sitter and teammate Nico Rosberg at the first turn and didn’t look back as he took the checkered flag 70 laps later. For Nico, finishing second was the best he could do to limit the points damage and now trails Lewis in the championship by six points.

Red Bull were hoping for a good race and thought that if they got the jump on Mercedes at the start, they may have a really good chance. As it was, Daniel Ricciardo did make a good move and was able to hold off Sebastian Vettel for the third place on the podium and his third appearance there in as many years.


A momentum-fueling win for Lewis who now takes the lead in the championship as Formula 1 heads toward Nico’s home grand prix in Germany next week. Having just missed out on pole position, Lewis put his head down, practiced his starts and made the most of a day in which his second and third stint did present some tire performance challenges that yo-yo’d his lead between .6 and 1.5s.

A win for Daniel Ricciardo who may have hoped to finish higher but given the pace of the Mercedes, a podium finish ahead of Ferrari is a narrative that may just be the story of the remainder of the season. Can Ferrari hold off a rapidly improving Red Bull? Daniel’s podium elevated him to third in the driver’s championship too.

A win for Fernando Alonso and McLaren because if they were ever going to do well this season, Hungary was the track they should do it at and they did finishing 7th and in the points even if Alonso had racked up three formal warnings for exceeding track limits.

One could suggest that starting 14th was not good and Kimi Raikkonen’s surge from the back of the grid to 6th was a good race for the Finn even managing to be blocked by Max Verstappen who was weaving to keep the 2009 champion behind him. Ferrari’s strategy for Kimi played well and deserves a favorable mention.

A nod has to go to Carlos Sainz for quietly driving to 8th and in the points ahead of Williams and Force India drivers.


A fail for Nico Rosberg who secured pole position—even with controversy—and then managed to lose the position at the start to Lewis and Daniel Ricciardo. While he did put a good move on Daniel to reclaim second, losing the win and lead in the points now provides serious momentum for his teammate and he will need to quickly reverse that trend if he has any design on winning the title.

It could have been a win for Jolyon Palmer to finish in the points but he threw it away when he spun in the last half of the race. Palmer said he doesn’t know what caused the spin but I suspect the man behind the wheel may have had something to do with that and it doesn’t help his chances of keeping that seat for 2017.

A fail for Force India who seemed caught off guard by Sergio Perez’s pit stop on lap 43 and possibly cost him a points finish.

A fail for Williams and Felipe Massa who struggled to finish 18th and perhaps there were some chassis issues that caused the lack of pace but Williams has continued their slide backward with each race but some of that sting was removed by Valtteri Bottas finishing in the points in 9th.

With his teammate in 8th, Daniil Kvyat’s 16th place finish and 5s penalty was an end cap on a bad weekend with a career that continues to sink since being demoted to Toro Rosso.


A WTH for Max Verstappen for his dodgy defensive move on Kimi Raikkonen that apparently didn’t warrant a penalty but it was clearly a double move that cost Kimi the end plate of his front wing.

A WTH moment for Lewis Hamilton who is still moaning about Nico’s pole position and dog-whistling a call for rules clarification as well as suggesting that the lack of a penalty is now a bad message for junior series drivers and everyone else. Give it a break, Lewis, you didn’t get pole, deal with that mate.

A WTH moment for Jenson Button who seriously questioned his penalty for struggling with a hydraulic issue that presented a safety issue but the team told him not to shift which was a breach of the radio ban regulation which will surely go a long way in furthering this debate over the draconian nature of the rule.

A WTH moment for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton for his oddly slow second stint on soft compounds prompting the team to tell him several times to pick up the pace and eventually they threatened him that they would pit Nico first if he didn’t pick up the pace. His reaction to that was to immediately start setting 1:24’s again and it prompted NBCSN’s Will Buxton to suggest that Lewis was purposefully backing Nico Rosberg up into the clutches of the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.


Hungarian GP Results:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h40m30.115s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.977s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 27.539s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 28.213s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 48.659s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 49.044s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1 Lap
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
18 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2 Laps
19 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2 Laps
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement

Drivers’ Championship Points

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 192
2 Nico Rosberg 186
3 Daniel Ricciardo 115
4 Kimi Raikkonen 114
5 Sebastian Vettel 110
6 Max Verstappen 100
7 Valtteri Bottas 56
8 Sergio Perez 47
9 Felipe Massa 38
10 Carlos Sainz 30
11 Romain Grosjean 28
12 Nico Hulkenberg 27
13 Fernando Alonso 24
14 Daniil Kvyat 23
15 Jenson Button 13
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez 0
20 Jolyon Palmer 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0

Constructors’ Championship Points

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 378
2 Ferrari 224
3 Red Bull/Renault 223
4 Williams/Mercedes 94
5 Force India/Mercedes 74
6 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 45
7 McLaren/Honda 38
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0