Martin Brundle on the Hungarian GP: Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso make large choices, Ferrari inexplicably fumble

The best of the action from a fascinating Hungarian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen won from 10th on the grid

The most effective of the motion from a captivating Hungarian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen gained from tenth on the grid

The most effective of the motion from a captivating Hungarian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen gained from tenth on the grid

The Hungarian GP delivered on and off the observe, with a completely entertaining race helped by Mercedes being genuinely aggressive up entrance whereas main bulletins stored all of us guessing.

Within the distant previous we have had some very uninteresting processions round this tight and comparatively gradual circuit, however with none excessive pace corners to stretch the pack the 2022 vehicles had been capable of run nostril to tail and facet by facet even higher.

We noticed some nice overtakes all via the race, most of which needed to be accomplished on the brakes and remaining totally below management, simply appropriately.

Vettel’s exit, Alonso’s shock: Dissecting large F1 choices

Off-track it was an occasion targeted on former champions with Sebastian Vettel asserting his retirement on the finish of the season, the place all issues being equal Abu Dhabi might be his three hundredth Grand Prix begin. It appears no time in any respect since he was a BMW Friday take a look at driver after which on the grid for Toro Rosso wanting like a fresh-faced uni scholar having fun with life some 15 years in the past.

He has gained 4 world championships and 53 races, third on the all-time F1 record, and he stays the youngest-ever world champion. He could solely be 35 however he is burned the candle exhausting.

Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle to discuss Sebastian Vettel's retirement

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Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle to debate Sebastian Vettel’s retirement

Simon Lazenby is joined by Martin Brundle to debate Sebastian Vettel’s retirement

Fourteen of Seb’s victories had been with Ferrari over six seasons which is maybe greater than some may think provided that journey did not go a lot to plan. I requested Christian Horner on Sky Sports activities F1 if he felt Seb had made a mistake leaving Crimson Bull for Ferrari on the finish of 2014, and he was crystal clear that he felt it was the fitting transfer for him at the moment.

Sebastian needs to pursue household life and little question among the different international initiatives and causes he has championed in latest seasons. While on the identical day he launched an Instagram account which already has 2.1m followers, he’ll discover it exhausting to keep up an consciousness and springboard away from the worldwide F1 stage as a result of that sport relentlessly seems ahead. How typically has anyone talked about Kimi Raikkonen this yr, for instance?

Sebastian is a real champion and a completely good human being, and it was a pleasure to commentate on his profession.

The timing of his video retirement declaration made much more sense when Fernando Alonso was surprisingly introduced as taking his seat on Monday morning. It seems that Alpine could not or would not provide Alonso a two-year deal, and his Aston Martin deal is formally described as multi-year.

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa was surprised by Fernando Alonso's 'strange' decision to join Aston Martin next season

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Former F1 driver Felipe Massa was stunned by Fernando Alonso’s ‘unusual’ resolution to affix Aston Martin subsequent season

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa was stunned by Fernando Alonso’s ‘unusual’ resolution to affix Aston Martin subsequent season

He is additionally been pretty underwhelmed at how punchy his team-mate Esteban Ocon has been in the direction of him in fight at Alpine fairly than turning all their weapons on their rivals.

Fernando is a pressure of nature on and off the observe and he’ll push the group very exhausting. He is mellowed slightly today however there may simply be fireworks as he joins the Stroll household ‘agency’.

I keep in mind interviewing Fernando on the 2018 Abu Dhabi grid and he was very convincing that it actually was the top of his F1 profession, however now he’ll be on the grid till not less than the top of 2024 on the age of 43 and with 400 F1 races below his proper foot. Extraordinary.

Establishing the race: Leclerc hunts down Russell

George Russell’s pole place lap was a cracker out of the blue. He did not prime any sector instances or pace traps, however he did put together his tyres very effectively and connected a magnificence to disclaim Ferrari what appeared like a sure entrance row lockout, notably after Max Verstappen’s Crimson Bull developed energy unit issues in ultimate qualifying.

Anthony Davidson is joined at the SkyPad by George Russell to analyse his pole position at the Hungarian GP

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Anthony Davidson is joined on the SkyPad by George Russell to analyse his pole place on the Hungarian GP

Anthony Davidson is joined on the SkyPad by George Russell to analyse his pole place on the Hungarian GP

Each Ferrari drivers had proven nice tempo moist or dry and, simply as in Paul Ricard the week earlier than, Carlos Sainz had appeared marginally the extra snug and sooner than Charles Leclerc.

Verstappen was fortunate that his motor failed on the very finish of qualifying fairly than the start of the race however he’d begin tenth with an ambition to get someplace close to the rostrum. It was an intriguing grid with Hamilton equally out of place after his DRS rear wing failed in qualifying.

Alpine locked out the third row and Lando Norris had grabbed fourth for McLaren too. These three drivers together with Valtteri Bottas would slog spherical on an unadventurous however presumably obligatory technique utilizing the unloved exhausting compound tyres in an try to beat one another for better of the remainder in seventh, gained by Norris. Alonso and Ocon had been eighth and ninth with Vettel scoring the final championship level in tenth.

Ted Kravitz looks back at a fascinating race at the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Ted Kravitz seems again at a captivating race on the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Ted Kravitz seems again at a captivating race on the Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Bottas stopped with two laps to go however would nonetheless be a categorised finisher that means for under the thirteenth time in F1 historical past all starters completed.

Russell valiantly held onto the lead eking 16 laps out of his beginning set of sentimental compound tyres. Maybe curiously Sainz was known as in a lap later to get rid of his medium compound tyres for one more set of the identical, as certainly did Ferrari team-mate Leclerc on lap 21, once more for mediums. Below the principles except it rained each drivers could be compelled to pit once more to make use of the obligatory second compound which restricted choices to an extent.

In the meantime the spectacular Leclerc had been lapping sooner on his previous tyres and over-cut Sainz to take up the chase of Russell out entrance, who succumbed on lap 31. This seemed to be one more race for Leclerc to win.

The place all of it went improper for Ferrari as Verstappen and Hamilton star

A number of the pit cease exercise was pushed to cowl off the recovering Verstappen as Crimson Bull compelled the agenda by calling their man in on laps 16 and 38. Max then delivering some blistering tempo instantly after.

He’d been fighting a slipping clutch which some type of voodoo sensor default setting on his steering wheel helped mitigate.

Anthony Davidson is at the SkyPad to analyse Charles Leclerc's strategy woes which led to him finishing P6 at the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Anthony Davidson is on the SkyPad to analyse Charles Leclerc’s technique woes which led to him ending P6 on the Hungarian Grand Prix

Anthony Davidson is on the SkyPad to analyse Charles Leclerc’s technique woes which led to him ending P6 on the Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari had been nonetheless busy reacting and on lap 39 they pitted Leclerc. He both needed to take gentle tyres which would not final till the top of the race, or the exhausting compound tyres which had appeared fairly dire on different vehicles. They fitted the hards and consigned Leclerc to P6 while sliding in every single place.

The Ferrari group hold it tight and help one another on these moderately frequent errors of late, however nevertheless you paint it they by some means navigated a quick automotive from second and third on the grid to complete fourth and sixth. That was all compounded by surprisingly poor tempo on the gentle compound tyres on a cool day with fixed spots of rain round, however the medium/medium technique pitting for the second time slightly over half distance made no sense.

Max Verstappen takes a spin and Charles Leclerc pounces to go back ahead of the Dutchman

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Max Verstappen takes a spin and Charles Leclerc pounces to return forward of the Dutchman

Max Verstappen takes a spin and Charles Leclerc pounces to return forward of the Dutchman

Max even misplaced the lead with a spin in flip 13, brilliantly booting it to finish a 360 spin and cost off after Leclerc to go him once more. It was a really prime drive from Max to win by eight seconds, and the rain was only a tease all race by by no means fairly arriving.

Equally spectacular was two stopping Lewis Hamilton from seventh on the grid. The Mercedes actually did use the gentle tyres effectively within the closing levels and Lewis rose to the event as ordinary for his fifth straight podium. He and the group did make a medium/medium/gentle tyre technique work by pitting on lap 51, simply to torment Ferrari slightly extra.

Russell would have been very disenchanted in third having been caught and handed by Hamilton on a special technique, however he performed his half for the group very effectively out entrance. They nonetheless appear to be fairly confused as to why the Mercedes works generally higher than others they usually had a wild weekend attempting to harness it. If they cannot work out the issue then there isn’t any level in anyone else having an opinion as to why.

George Russell can't hold off Lewis Hamilton for very long who is now up to P2 at the Hungarian GP

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George Russell cannot maintain off Lewis Hamilton for very lengthy who’s now as much as P2 on the Hungarian GP

George Russell cannot maintain off Lewis Hamilton for very lengthy who’s now as much as P2 on the Hungarian GP

9 races to go and Verstappen has an 80-point benefit which is larger than three victories mixed with three quickest laps. Mercedes at the moment are solely 30 factors behind Ferrari within the Constructors’ desk too, and so it should really feel like a really lengthy summer season break in Maranello.

Discuss to you from Spa on the finish of the month.

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