Sainz: ‘It’s like we’ve taken two steps back’
“I’m surprised. We were very slow with all the tire compounds against the Mercedes. It’s like we took two steps back from Friday. The balance was not good on the car, at the image of our day”, confided the Spanish driver to the microphone of Canal +.
Leclerc: “we are looking race by race but we cannot hope to win the championship by doing races like that.”
“I don’t have an explanation, I don’t really know what to say. We’ll have to watch, it’s difficult. We were faster on the mediums, I was confident on the radio. I didn’t have too much answers for now. I think the start has nothing to do, it was the right strategy at the start. I don’t understand. We’re looking race by race but we can’t hope to win the championship by making races like that”, explained the Monegasque to the microphone of Canal + after the race.
70/70: VICTORY FOR VERSTAPPEN!
Incredible comeback from the Dutchman, who signed his second consecutive victory in the rain, the eighth of the season! He is ahead of the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Russell in a podium identical to that of the GP of France. Black day for Ferrari, and in particular for Leclerc (6th), with a more than incomprehensible choice of tires.
69/70: the last lap under VSC
We will surely finish the race under the virtual safety car, which would freeze the positions.
68/70: Bottas goes off the track
The Virtual Safety Car makes its appearance after Bottas left the track at turn 11.
65/70: Hamilton passes his teammate!
Superb overtaking from Hamilton on Russell. The seven-time world champion is 10 seconds behind Verstappen. Can he get Verstappen?
63/70: Hamilton swallows Sainz!
To the great satisfaction of Toto Wolff, Hamilton passed Carlos Saine without difficulty at the start of the 63rd lap. Here are the two Mercedes on the podium.
61/70: Hamilton continues his crazy comeback
He could be in the DRS zone of Sainz in the next round.
59/70: Gasly is 13th
Starting from the pits, Pierre Gasly made a good comeback and was in 13th place.
58/70: Hamilton sets lap records
He is gradually approaching the podium, 4″6 behind Sainz.
55/70: new stop for Leclerc!
For the third time, Leclerc pitted to put on red rubber. He comes out very far (6th), 6″ behind Pérez.
54/70: Russell passes Leclerc!
The hard rubber of Leclerc can do nothing against the single-seater of Russell, who passes 2nd.
51/70: it’s starting to rain!
The track becomes slippery. Hamilton returns to the pits and comes out 5th. Verstappen takes control of the race, while Leclerc and Russell fight for 2nd place.
48/70: soft tires for Sainz
Hamilton therefore took the lead in the race, ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc.
47/70: Hamilton returns to Sainz
Carried by tires still in good condition, Hamilton is approaching 2″2 from Sainz. Behind, Verstappen controls Leclerc and Russell.
45/70: new Verstappen / Leclerc duel
Act three between the two men. The grip of the tires is to the advantage of Verstappen, who has medium rubber against the hard Leclerc. It’s too easy for the world champion, who finds 3rd place.
42/70: Verstappen makes a mistake!
Leclerc returns to Verstappen, who seems to have made a mistake! Russell and Perez take the opportunity to get closer!
41/70: Verstappen passes Leclerc!
Good overtaking of the world champion, who climbs on the podium in front of the Monegasque.
40/70: hard rubber for Leclerc
Audacious Ferrari strategy. Leclerc comes out 3rd, Verstappen 5th.
39/70: the track becomes slippery
A few drops of rain appear. The race will perhaps change its appearance. Verstappen takes the opportunity to put on yellow rubbers
35/70: New Mercedes/Ferrari duel
After Leclerc, Russell is now under threat from Carlos Sainz. Behind, yellow flag after a spin from Tsunoda, who leaves without difficulty.
33/70: Hamilton in danger!
New track overrun for Hamilton, already the third since the start of the race. No more room for error for the Briton.
31/70: New duel Leclerc / Russell which turns to the advantage of Leclerc!
As the halfway point approached, Russell and Leclerc fought a big battle for the lead. Superb braking from Leclerc, who takes control!
Behind, Sainz and Verstappen approach.
28/70: Nice defense from Russell!
Attacked from the outside by Leclerc, Russell closes the door to him with authority.
27/70: Leclerc in the DRS zone of Russell
Less than a second ahead for Russell on Leclerc!
24/70: Ocon’s very long stoppage
Nearly five seconds of stoppage for Ocon, who is overtaken by Ricciardo in front of Alonso at the exit of the pits. Great shot from the McLaren driver!
22/70: Leclerc in the pits
The Monegasque makes a stop of less than three seconds. He comes out behind Russell but ahead of Sainz.
21/70: Leclerc only man in the lead not to pit
Hamilton has fitted medium tyres, while his teammate Russell is 2nd, 18″ behind Leclerc, who has had a good pace since the start of the race.
18/70: Sainz’s turn to pit
It is now Charles Leclerc who leads the debates.
17/70: Russell pits
He emerges with Alonso in 6th place. Sainz takes control of the race ahead of Leclerc. Verstappen also stopped by.
15/70: Russell loses pace
Solid from the start, the Brit saw his lead melt away over the two Ferraris. Sainz points at 1.3, while Leclerc seems faster.
14/70: Leclerc closing in on Sainz
The Monegasque gets closer to his teammate and asks his team what strategy to adopt.
13/70: Verstappen plague on the radio
Some power problems on the world champion’s single-seater.
12/70: big duel Hamilton / Verstappen / Norris
The battle is fierce between Norris, Hamilton and Verstappen. The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers doubled that of McLaren, which slipped to 6th place, then to 7th after passing Pérez.
10/70: rain ahead
Russell is told the track should stay dry for another 30 minutes, until 3:45 p.m. The weather forecast indicates rain around 4 p.m.
9/70: Ocon again passed by a Red Bull
This time, it is Sergio Pérez who is ahead of the Frenchman. The Red Bulls are now 6th and 7th, ahead of the Alpine d’Ocon (8th) and Alonso (9th).
8/70: good start to the race for Mick Schumacher
The Haas driver gained four places (11th), while Bottas plummeted (12th).
7/70: Verstappen continues his comeback
The world champion overtakes Ocon and finds himself 6th. In the lead, Russell is nearly two seconds ahead of Sainz.
5/70: Red Bull chase Alpine
Verstappen passed Fernando Alonso and is now 7th, just behind Esteban Ocon.
2/20: Virtual safety car
There is debris on the track after a collision with Albon’s single-seater.
Good start from Esteban Ocon, while Russell keeps the advantage of his pole position. Perez started better than Verstappen.
Let’s go for the formation lap!
The drivers will set off for 70 laps on this 13th meeting of the season. A few raindrops are present.
Pourchaire won in F2
Théo Pourchaire won his third Grand Prix of the season in Formula 2 in Hungary this Sunday. The Frenchman is relaunching in the race for the general classification with four races to go.
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Clouds in Hungary
After the torrents of rain on Saturday, the weather is more lenient in Hungary this Sunday. But the sky remains cloudy.
Gasly will finally start from the pit lane
While he was to start in 19th position on the grid, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) finally took the start from the pit lane, his team having precisely taken advantage of this missed qualifying to change the elements of his engine.
The starting grid, with Verstappen 10th
1st line: George Russell (Mercedes) / Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari)
2nd line: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) / Lando Norris (McLaren)
3rd line: Esteban Ocon (Alpine) / Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
4th line: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) / Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
5th line: Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) / Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
6th line: Sergio Perez (Red Bull) / Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo)
7th line: Kevin Magnussen (Haas) / Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
8th line: Mick Schumacher (Haas) / Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
9th line: Alexander Albon (Williams) / Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
10th line: Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) / Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
George Russell’s surprise pole position
British driver George Russell (Mercedes) created a sensation on Saturday in qualifying, taking pole position ahead of the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. The very first of his career.
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