Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Round 13 in Hungary, at the Hungaroring, was an incredible race before we head into the F1 Summer Break!  We we’re blesse with amazing driving battles, almost no retirements, and great comebacks. Let’s go over the details:

 

Here was our starting grid for Round 13 in Hungary, as based off Qualifying the day before:

*Starting Grid*

  1. George Russell (Mercedes)
  2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
  3. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)

 

Lap 2 – A near immediate VSC (Virtual Safety Car) was called due to excessive debris on the track, which was the result of a collision between Alex Albon (Williams), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), and Kevin Magnussen (HAAS). The collision resulted in Albon being forced to come into the pits for a change of front wing and a fresh set of Hard tires.

 

Lap 8 – 6 laps later from the Lap 2 incident, Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) came into the pits for a new front wing change and a set of Hard tires, like Albon.

 

Lap 11 – We witnessed our first driver battle of the race! A 3-way battle between Lando Norris (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) occurred to capture 4th place, in which both Lewis and Max overtook Norris that resulted in Hamilton (4th) and Max (5th).

 

Lap 17 – 27 – We saw the first series of pit stops occur amongst most of the grid, which presented a multitude of tire strategies. While some drivers opted for Medium, some went for Soft, and some went for Hard compounds. Given the weather and the wear of the Hungaroring, tire strategy was up in the air and the teams opted for what they thought best. On Lap 20, this was the current 1/2/3 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), George Russell (Mercedes), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari).

 

Lap 28 – George Russell (Mercedes) and Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) battled for 1st place throughout the corners with LeClerc lunging at every opportunity, ultimately passing George on Lap 31 via DRS on the main straight. During this time, Zhou Gunayu (Alfa Romeo) came into the pits for Hard tires.

Lap 35 – Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) came into the pits for a set of Soft tires and had a spin out incident shortly afterwards. By this lap, here’s our updates 1/2/3 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), George Russell (Mercedes), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

 

Lap 39 – Red Bull performed an undercut strategy on Ferrari and Mercedes by coming into the pits with Max Verstappen (Red Bull), getting the early pit stop to go the rest of the race, which worked! To explain an “Undercut” strategy, a team pulls their driver into the pits 1 or 2 laps earlier than expected to gain a lead over their competition when they have no choice to pit.

 

Lap 41 – Red Bull pulled “Team Orders” for Sergio Perez to swap positions with Max Verstappen so Max could catch up with the Ferrari duo, in which he did and passed Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) shortly after for 3rd place.

 

Lap 42 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) had an unfortunate 360 spin out after losing the rear end, allowing for Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) to pass him. Max was able to recover and pass LeClerc on Lap 45 via a Switchback Maneuver. A Switchback Maneuver typically occurs when you’re approaching a long straight with a sharp corner, creating a heavy braking zone. The person who goes for the inside and is usually going a lot faster. Whoever is behind makes the move to go down on the inside, while the other one will go very wide on the outside and brake earlier, resulting in a different line. Whoever utilizes going wide on the outside, they now have a faster exit.

 

Lap 47 – Presented a new series of pit stops, most opting for Soft tires, to close out the race.

 

Lap 48 – Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) had contact between one another, resulting in the fault of Ricciardo. Stroll spun out after his rear left tire was hit by Ricciardo’s front right tire, giving Ricciardo a 5-second time penalty.

 

Lap 50 – Updated 1/2/3 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari).

 

Lap 52 – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) was defending quite heavily from George Russell (Mercedes), but lost this battle to Russell due to not having as much grip on Hard tires, Russell on Medium, and DRS on Lap 54.

 

Lap 62 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) battled it out against Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) for 3rd place, in which Hamilton took the victory on Lao 63 via DRS on the main straightaway. Updated 1/2/3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull), George Russell (Mercedes), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

 

Lap 65 – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) caught up to his teammate, George Russel, and passed him up for 2nd.

Lap 68 – Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) was forced to pull off on the side of the track due to mechanical failures in his vehicle, forcing a DNF. In the end, it was Max Verstappen (Red Bull) that climbed from P10 to P1!

 

The results of the Round 13 Hungarian Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  3. George Russell (Mercedes)
  4. (Fastest Lap) – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 1:21:386

 

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 258
  2. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 178
  3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 173
  4. George Russell (Mercedes) – 158
  5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 156
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 146
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 76
  8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 58
  9. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
  10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 41
  11. Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 22
  12. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 19
  13. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 16
  14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 16
  15. Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 12
  16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 11
  17. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 5
  18. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 4
  19. Alexander Albon (Williams) – 3
  20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0
  21. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0

 

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Red Bull – 431
  2. Ferrari – 334
  3. Mercedes – 304
  4. Alpine – 99
  5. McLaren – 95
  6. Alfa Romeo – 51
  7. HAAS – 34
  8. AlphaTauri – 27
  9. Aston Martin – 20
  10. Williams – 3

 

The Formula 1 season takes us next to Belgium for Round 14 at the Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps! The Belgian Grand Prix will take place from August 26th – August 28th. The Circuit De Spa-Francorchamps is a 44-lap race consisting of 19 turns and spans 7.004km (4.352 miles) per lap. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:46:286 from the 2018 season!

 

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