- Sebastian Vettel came first
- Ferrari dominated as Raikkonen came second
- Vettel is 14 points ahead at the top of the table
The inaugural F1 race in the amazing race track in Hungary saw Ferrari dominate as they picked up the first and second spots with table topper Sebastian Vettel coming first and team-mate Raikkonen second. Bottas of Mercedes came third while Vettel’s closest challenger for the title and defending champion Lewis Hamilton had to make do with fourth. Lewis Hamilton let his heart rule his head in an extraordinary moment of sportsmanship at the Hungarian Grand to hand arch-rival Vettel a 14 point lead at the top of the Driver’s Championship.
The Hungarian Grand Prix offered enthralling moments throughout with a track known for its dangerous twists and turns and where overtaking is very difficult. What stole the show was Hamilton’s amazingly good gesture to team-mate Bottas, who he let overtake him on the final lap after failing in pursuit of the two Ferrari cars ahead of him. Bottas had earlier been ordered aside by Mercedes so Hamilton could take the challenge to Vettel. Hamilton showed he is a true team player after living up to his promise of allowing Bottas to finish third if he failed in his chase.
“It was a really difficult race,” said Vettel. “I had my hands full. The steering was off. I had to stay focused for the whole race.”
“The mind is more cut-throat and every point counts, and it does or die,” Hamilton said. “The heart told me that the right thing to do was to let Valtteri past. I want to win the championship the right way, and I don’t know whether that will come back to bite me on the backside or not.
Hamilton heads into the sport’s summer shutdown 14 points adrift of Vettel. Given their previous rivalry, expect many more fireworks along the way as both look to be crowned king at the end of the season.