F1 Grand Prix Review: Hungarian Grand Prix

Qualifying 

The standard 2015 edition of qualifying followed in Hungary this weekend with Lewis Hamilton leading the Silver Arrows duo in a one-two result. Only this time, Nico Rosberg was left behind in smoke after Lewis punched a credit in the time sheets worth half a second. At a loss for words, the German could not understand where Lewis had found such good time.

Typically following the Deutsche works team, Sebastian followed in third. Behind, the unusual candidate of Daniel Ricciardo followed in fourth. His already tired Renault engine was thankful for the shorter characteristics of the Hungaroring.

The next row was filled with Finns.  Kimi Raikkonen led his fellow countryman to fifth. Valterri Bottas shortly behind the champ is the favorite to swipe Kimi’s 2016 seat at Ferrari.

The usual suspects filled the rest of the top 10 with Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Massa, a Lotus car and finally a Toro Rosso car.

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POS. NO. DRIVER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 44 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:22.890 1:22.285 1:22.020 20
2 6 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES 1:22.979 1:22.775 1:22.595 21
3 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI 1:23.312 1:23.168 1:22.739 17
4 3 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL 1:24.408 1:23.230 1:22.774 20
5 7 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI 1:23.596 1:23.460 1:23.020 16
6 77 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS 1:23.649 1:23.555 1:23.222 19
7 26 DANIIL KVYAT RED BULL 1:23.587 1:23.597 1:23.332 17
8 19 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS 1:23.895 1:23.598 1:23.537 20
9 33 MAX VERSTAPPEN TORO ROSSO 1:24.032 1:23.781 1:23.679 18
10 8 ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS 1:24.242 1:23.805 1:24.181 18
11 27 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA 1:24.115 1:23.826 13
12 55 CARLOS SAINZ TORO ROSSO 1:24.623 1:23.869 16
13 11 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA 1:24.444 1:24.461 14
14 13 PASTOR MALDONADO LOTUS 1:23.895 1:24.609 12
15 14 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN 1:24.563 7
16 22 JENSON BUTTON MCLAREN 1:24.739 8
17 9 MARCUS ERICSSON SAUBER 1:24.843 8
18 12 FELIPE NASR SAUBER 1:24.997 8
19 98 ROBERTO MERHI MARUSSIA 1:27.416 8
20 28 WILL STEVENS MARUSSIA 1:27.949 6

Winner Ferrari Formula One driver Vettel of Germany celebrates after the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest

Race Day

Wow. Gobsmacked. No critic, fan or driver could have expected the results on Sunday. Ctrl Alt Delete the results sheets because this race was extraordinary. For one and a half seasons, the Mercedes Front has dominated the top steps of the podium on Sundays. This last Sunday however, was something totally different.

The spirits of Jules Bianchi, Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna flowed thick and freely through the air. Come end of race and the whole of the F1 family was left in celebration, realization and shock. I have seldom ever used “I” or “me” in my pieces. I aim to give you colorful articles of news, original stories and historics in imaginative ways. I want to create my emotions into something that feels tangible. Today, I cannot help myself. I need to share some rather…eerie coincidences. My fingers itch and twitch to tell you the almost supernatural happenings on the 26th of July 2015. We were, and are still not alone.

  • Sebastian Vettel won the race for Ferrari. The last man to win in Hungary in a Ferrari was Michael Schumacher in 2004. He is still in recovery after receiving a terrible brain injury in December 2013.
  • It was announced that Jules Bianchi who tragically passed away due to a brain injury was set to be Raikkonen’s replacement at Ferrari.
  • Sebastian Vettel equaled Ayrton Senna’s number of victories. Ayrton was the last driver to die of injuries sustained during a race weekend.
  • Daniel Ricciardo made it onto the podium. This was highly unlikely but as Jules and Ricciardo were such great friends, it was symbolic for the Australian to finish on the third step.

Michael on the other hand still fights for his life… “I’ve always believed that you should never, ever give up and you should always keep fighting even when there’s only a slightest chance.”

It was a Sunday of blunder for Mercedes. Both Lewis and Nico were plagued with misfortune. Punctures, pitstops and more, the pair didn’t even manage to make it to the podium. For Red Bull, it was a blissful Sunday. Both Daniels were able to restore faith in the Renault brand and kept steady to retain second and third.

Kimi Raikkonen was set for a much needed and well deserved podium. But after an MGUK issue, the 2008 WDC was without full power and quickly slipped down the field. He gifted Max Verstappen fourth place.

As for the rest of the field, an anomaly of penalties and a shake up of unexpected finishes were pungent.

In light of the tragedy that shadows over the remainder of the  2015 season, this last race was absolutely perfect. The stars aligned and the F1 fraternity received an unusual and fantastic result. We raced hard, we supported hard and we never forgot about our champions of life, Jules Bianchi, Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. This weekend was for you.

Dane Hansen

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POS. DRIVER COUNTRY TEAM TIME POINTS
1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL GER FERRARI 1:46:09.985 25
2 DANIIL KVYAT RUS RED BULL +15.748s 18
3 DANIEL RICCIARDO AUS RED BULL +25.084s 15
4 MAX VERSTAPPEN NED TORO ROSSO +44.251s 12
5 FERNANDO ALONSO ESP MCLAREN +49.079s 10
6 LEWIS HAMILTON GBR MERCEDES +52.025s 8
7 ROMAIN GROSJEAN FRA LOTUS +58.578s 6
8 NICO ROSBERG GER MERCEDES +58.876s 4
9 JENSON BUTTON GBR MCLAREN +67.028s 2
10 MARCUS ERICSSON SWE SAUBER +69.130s 1
11 FELIPE NASR BRA SAUBER +73.458s 0
12 FELIPE MASSA BRA WILLIAMS +74.278s 0
13 VALTTERI BOTTAS FIN WILLIAMS +80.228s 0
14 PASTOR MALDONADO VEN LOTUS +85.142s 0
15 ROBERTO MERHI ESP MARUSSIA +2 laps 0
16 WILL STEVENS GBR MARUSSIA DNF 0
RT CARLOS SAINZ ESP TORO ROSSO DNF 0
RT KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FIN FERRARI DNF 0
RT SERGIO PEREZ MEX FORCE INDIA DNF 0
RT NICO HULKENBERG GER FORCE INDIA DNF 0

Fastest lap – Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 24.821s (lap 68)

Penalties:

Raikkonen – 5 second time penalty – speeding in the pit lane

Maldonado – 10 second time penalty – overtaking before the SC1 line at end of safety car period

Kvyat – 10 second time penalty – leaving the track and gaining an advantage

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About dphansen24

I am an avid freelance Formula 1 writer and blogger. My writings are diverse and range from historical insights, to thorough and exciting analysis of the modern era and the topics that come with it. I am also able to take in requests from readers that wish to gain vision into particular stories. All are welcome. I encourage constructive criticism and conversation in comments or via email. My passion for the world’s fastest show consumes my daily efforts and I am always enthused to write about the sport I love most. Even as a pundit, I too have a curiosity and am always ready to learn more about an ever expanding sport.

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