Formula Racing

Hungarian Grand Prix – Race Review

Hamilton muscles his way to win the Hungarian GP
By Armaan Ebrahim

Lewis Hamilton pulled off some brilliant moves to get past his rivals and set himself up nicely to claim his first win for Mercedes. Having surprised not only himself but a few others as well by taking pole on Saturday it looked likely that Lewis would fall back due to how hot it was and Mercedes have chewed their tyres up the most this year. But that wasn't the case at all, Lewis looked pretty comfortable and could push right through. After getting off the line well he held his advantage pretty comfortably and didn't really seem to bothered about a charging Sebastian Vettel behind him. It was after the first pit stop where Hamilton made the difference in the outcome of the race when he rapidly passed old team mate Jenson Button and pulled away while his rivals struggled to do so. This helped him build a nice ten second advantage over second place which he would hold till the end of the race!

Kimi Raikkonen finished second after starting down in sixth. To me he was the driver of the day. After an average start where he managed to maintain his position the iceman made sure he was always in touch with the leaders. He brought himself into contention by doing just two stops instead of the three stopper which the majority of grid were on. Things weren't easy especially towards the end when Kimi had to 30 laps on his last set of tyres! This was almost double the amount when compared to what the other drivers were doing and he also had Vettel attacking him for the last 6 or 7 laps with much fresher tyres. The Lotus driver showed his experience and didn't even give Vettel a chance. The result also elevates him to second place in the overall standings,just one point ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Completing the podium was Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull. After Friday and Saturday I was expecting Seb to be really strong in the race but that wasn't the case because his Red Bull seemed to lose rear end grip really quickly. Starting from the front row Vettel was mighty slow off the line and actually did well to hang on to second. The opening stint he chasing Hamilton and then having to defend from Romain Grosjean who seemed to be quicker at the time. But the World Champion lost out the most when he came out the pits and struggled to get past Jenson Button who was on a different strategy. This let Lewis run away and the others behind catch up. Overall it was still a podium which means a good amount of points for his championship tally.

Mark Webber in the sister Red Bull did a superb job to finish in forth after starting in ninth! Starting on the medium tyres Mark was able to run longer and originally planned to do just a two stopper but the decided to go for the three stopper mid way through the race because of the heavy tyre wear. A competitive forth and points for the team equals solid weekend for the Red Bull boys.

Championship contender Fernando Alonso just about managed to keep Romain Grosjean behind him to finish in fifth. Ferrari just doesn't have the pace and if they want to fight for the title this year things really need to step up in their development department because the gap to the leaders is only getting bigger. Grosjean finished a solid sixth after receiving two penalties. In seventh was Jenson Button in the leading Mclaren followed by Filipe Massa in eighth and rounding up the top ten were Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado who finally managed to score a point for Williams this season.

Sahara Force India had a weekend to forget. Both cars qualified outside the top ten but started to run strong in the first stint. Unfortunately the tyres seemed to go away pretty quickly and this resulted in losing a lot on lap time. Things got worse when Adrian's car retired due to a hydraulics problem and Di Resta crawled into the pits towards the end of the race with the same problem. This was probably the toughest weekend the team has had this year especially after such a strong start to the season. The good thing is that it's the F1 summer break and they've got some time to sort the problems and come back stronger.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016


Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes