Esteban Ocon wins chaotic Hungarian GP as Hamilton takes the F1 lead

Rodolfo Schellin

BUDAPEST, Hungary  — Frenchman Esteban Ocon won a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday even though an fatigued Lewis Hamilton finished third to take the Formulation A single championship direct from Max Verstappen by 6 points heading into the midseason crack.

Hamilton essential a verify from the Mercedes crew health practitioner just after the race.

“Had definitely huge dizziness and anything obtained a bit blurry,” he mentioned. “I have been fighting all year definitely with the health, remaining wholesome just after what occurred at the conclusion of final year (with coronavirus).”

Verstappen put 10th just after getting taken out early in the race by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in a initial-lap crash that brought on him and four many others to retire.

It was only the 24-year-aged Ocon’s next podium, pursuing a next-position finish at the Sakhir GP in Bahrain late final year.

The Alpine driver finished forward of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. fourth forward of Ocon’s teammate Fernando Alonso.

“What a minute, feels so fantastic,” Ocon mentioned, patting his coronary heart.

The crash in the rain was brought on by Bottas, who retired as a result.

The race restarted in absurd fashion with only Hamilton on the grid, even though many others ended up altering their tires due to the fact the monitor experienced dried. Hamilton did the very same a lap later on and came out in final position, a pair of spots behind Verstappen.

But a clever next tire adjust by Mercedes for tricky tires on Lap twenty outwitted Purple Bull and Hamilton moved forward of Verstappen just after he came in for new tires.

With 30 laps to go, the major four was Ocon-Vettel-Sainz Jr.-Hamilton.

To give Hamilton a shot at victory, Mercedes made a third tire adjust with a minimal additional than twenty laps remaining.

But he experienced to get forward of the forty-year-aged Alonso initial, a driver with 32 wins and ninety seven podiums, and among the most talented of his era.

Alonso held off a initial assault on Lap fifty five and blocked him two additional occasions on Lap 57 with stellar defending on the inside.

Alonso’s nous was plenty of to repel two additional attacks.

“He is one particular of hardest drivers but reasonable,” Hamilton mentioned. “I would say currently was a minimal bit on the limit, but I absolutely get it and I would do it for my crew.”

When Hamilton lastly obtained previous there ended up only 5 laps still left and Sainz Jr. just forward. He overtook him but by then the front two ended up as well considerably forward.

Hamilton’s bid for a one hundredth get resumes on Aug. 29 at the Belgian GP in Spa, where Bottas will commence that race with a 5-position grid penalty.

Alonso’s fantastic defensive driving assisted Ocon safe the victory and they hugged just after the race, with Alonso lifting him up in the air.

“We are forming a great crew and pushing the crew in the proper way,” Ocon mentioned.

Hamilton was yet again loudly jeered by sections of the group, as he was just after getting pole posture on Saturday. He won the British GP two weeks ago despite a 10-next penalty for getting Verstappen out on the initial lap.

Hefty rain fell soon before Sunday’s race and the monitor was soaked. Hamilton obtained absent from pole but Verstappen shot forward of Bottas into next.

McLaren’s Lando Norris also overtook Bottas, who bumped into the again of him — sending Norris sliding into Verstappen and each off monitor. Bottas went into a tire wall and took out Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez on his way.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was jammed involving Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. Following a crimson flag halted the race to allow for stewards to crystal clear the wrecked cars, Leclerc, Stroll, Norris and Perez also retired.

When the race restarted, Hamilton was by itself on the grid even though many others ended up ditching their soaked-climate tires to go well with the now drying monitor.

Hamilton experienced to do the very same on the future lap and came out in final position with Verstappen 11th, even though Ocon led from Vettel. Nikita Mazepin was the sixth to retire just after colliding with 2007 F1 winner Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo in the pit lane.

The sinewy and restricted 4.4-kilometer ( Hungaroring circuit is arguably the hardest monitor to overtake on just after Monaco.

“I can not get shut to people,” mentioned Hamilton, who fell short of winning the race for a history-extending ninth time.

Ocon was when section of the Mercedes growth program and the team’s reserve driver two yrs ago just after losing his F1 seat.

He confirmed the talent Mercedes observed in him with a composed drive beneath force from Vettel, a four-time F1 winner with 53 wins.

“Esteban did not make a solitary mistake,” Vettel mentioned. “It’s his working day and his minute.”


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