Event: Hungarian Grand Prix
Track: Hungaroring

Mercedes team boss apologises to Red Bull Racing for Bottas' crash

Lewis Hamilton driving with the Mercedes into turn 2 of lap 1

Weather: wet/dry  26.8°C
Tarmac: wet/dry  32.6°C
Humidity : 76.9%
Wind : 0.3 m/s SE
Pressure: 977.7 bar

Esteban Ocon won his first F1 race and his 2nd podium finish at the 2021 Hungarian F1 GP today. The Alpine driver started from P8 in a race with a huge turn 1 crash. It was also the first race win for the 'new' Alpine F1 team.

2021 Hungarian F1 GP Race Report

Fifteen minutes before the start of the race it had started to rain on the Hungaroring. Because of the rain race control decided to start the race on the intermediate rain tyres. Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes and Max Verstappen in the Red Bull who started from the race line P1 and P3 had a good start.

Valtteri Bottas who started on 'dirty side' of the track on P3 had a really bad start and was passed right away by Verstappen, Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and McLaren driver Lando Norris. Coming on to turn 1 Bottas was driving very close behind Norris and hit the brakes way to late. Bottas collided into the back of Norris, which caused Norris to collide into Verstappen's Red Bull. After Bottas had hit Norris, he also hit the Red Bull of Sergio Perez which was the end of both their race.

Lance Stroll also braked much to late with the Aston Martin in turn 1 and collided into the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, which also caused a lot of other small collisions and damage to other cars. In total 5 cars had to retire the race.

Because of the huge crash at turn 1 the race got red flagged to clean up the track and let the teams do some needed repairs on the damaged cars. Esteban Ocon who scored his first podium last year, started from P8 and came out turn 1 as second behind Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes who luckily escaped all mayhem.

Race Results 2021 Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo Racing C41, driving around the debris after the crashes at turn 1

The restart was a bizarre sight because Hamilton was the only one who didn't pit for slicks at end of the warm-up lap and started on his own. George Russell came out first out of the pits, but had passed a lot of cars 'illegally' in the pits and had to give back the 6 positions. The Mercedes team found out they had made a major error and pitted Hamilton one lap later which gave the lead to Ocon. The British driver lost 14 places and was dead last after his pitstop.

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) was second and Nicholas Latifi (Williams) was even 3rd. During the 'restart' pit stops  Kimi Raikkonen hit the Haas of Nikita Mazepin when he drove away and broke the right steering rod of the Haas and the Russian driver also had to retire.

Championship leader Max Verstappen was driving on P11 and was trying to pass the Haas of Mick Schumacher in a very damaged Red Bull. The Dutchman was very lucky to be able to continue after the severe hit by the McLaren of Norris in the first lap, but the right side of the Red Bull was completely damaged, which made it very difficult to attack for the Red Bull driver.

Race Results 2021 Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

Esteban Ocon driving in the lead with the Alpine followed by Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel pitted at the end of lap 36 to switch from medium to hard tyres to try and do an undercut pass on race leader Ocon. The Alpine team reacted right away and called in their driver to do his pitstop one lap later and kept the lead. Vettel did came very close to Ocon and was driving on his tail now. Because of Ocon's pitstop Fernando Alonso became the race leader. The Spanish driver did his pitstop in lap 40 and returned to the track as 5th.

With 25 laps to go Ocon was first, Vettel was second and Sainz was 3rd. Hamilton was chasing Sainz on P4 only 1.1s behind him. Alonso was on P5 and closing down the gap towards Hamilton. After his pitstop he was 7.3s behind and in lap 48 he had closed down the gap ot 4.3s. Hamilton at that moment made a second pitstop and got a used set of medium tyres and returned 5 sec. before Yuki Tsunoda in the AlphaTauri and 13.3s behind Alonso on P5.

Race Results 2021 Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

The battle between Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Hamilton was driving lap times which were 3 to 4 sec. faster than the rest of the field who all were driving on the hard tyre and also drove the fastest lap of the race. In lap 55 Hamilton was all over the back of Alonso, but Hamilton could not make several overtaking manoeuvres stick.

It took Hamilton 10 laps to pass Alonso for P4. The Spanish driver was defending like only a champion can. It was an amazing spectacle to see the 2 drivers battle for position. Two laps later Hamilton also overtook Carlos Sainz for P3 to climb back on the podium.

Pierre Gasly pitted in lap 68 to steal away the extra point Hamilton got by driving the fastest lap of the race.

Unfortunately Sebastian Vettel got disqualified after the race because his car didn't have enough fuel left in the tank. Regulations say that each car has to have at least 1 litre of fuel left and Vettel's car only had 0.3 litre left in the tank.

Classification 2021 Hungarian GP

P No Driver Team Time Laps Grid Pts
1 31 France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine 02:04:43.199 70
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes 02:04:45.935 70
3 55 Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari 02:04:58.217 70
4 14 Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine 02:04:58.850 70
5 10 France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri 02:05:46.813 70
6 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri 02:05:59.002 70
7 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Williams 02:06:01.109 70
8 63 United Kingdom George Russell
United Kingdom Williams 02:06:02.293 70
9 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull 02:06:03.443 70
10 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 02:05:00.261 69
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren 02:05:12.032 69
12 47 Germany Mick Schumacher
United States Haas 02:05:21.793 69
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Switzerland Alfa Romeo 02:05:22.828 69
DNF 9 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
United States Haas Collision 3
DNF 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren Collision 2
DNF 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull Collision 0
DNF 18 Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin Collision 0
DNF 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy Ferrari Collision 0
DNF 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Germany Mercedes Collision 0
DSQ 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston Martin Fuel 70

Fastest lap: 1:18.394 min by Pierre Gasly with the AlphaTauri in lap 70

2021 Hungarian F1 GP Results
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37 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2021 Hungarian F1 Grand Prix

  1. Jax

    JWN F1 news report.
    Lewis the Great put on a another, stellar and stupendous drive for a podium finish after an immense cock up by his team. Fortunately, the GOAT is who he is so he was able to salvage the rubbish team decision at a restart which was triggered by his zombie teammate. The Mad Max was also a casualty of the zombie. Tough luck on the kid. Congrats to Ocon for the luckiest victory he'll ever have.

    In other news. the Snowflakes I hear tell are breathing a sigh of relief as the washed up driver Alonso frustrated the Hammer out of a certain 100th race victory drive by being a pain in the ass. Which is pretty much all he's good for these days apparently.

    Well that about sums it up for a quirky race at the Hungaroring. To the Hammer fans, stay true. To the Snowflakes, stay frosty. That's a wrap folks.
    I now turn it over to the regularly scheduled program....the Cornball Chronicles featuring the Muppet duo of Mr. Sensitive and Super Fly.

    • Michael O Donovan

      Your wrong about the rubbish team decision. There was no radio available on the post red flag lap. Your GOAT made a simple blunder. More like he was playing it safe. Pretty timid stuff. And in fact, it was the team that pulled his acorns out of the fire with the brilliant pit strategy.
      Great race! Poor comment. Try hard Jax.

      • ReallyOldRacer

        You are correct, Michael, but it is useless to comment on Jaxwad's posts. He is in it for the attention and facts/data don't concern him. He does have some entertainment value. lol

      • shroppyfly

        Michael ,we gave Jax a bit of leeway to begin with but, now no one pays much attention, asto his entertainment value , well , lets just say the circus is missing a clown

    • JJ75

      Your so blindsided by your adulation you don't understand there was no radio and it was Lewis' call..mortified for u..sometimes silence, like radio silence to Lewis, is golden..'ya guys, the track is dry.. no sh#t sherlock!!

  2. shroppyfly

    I domnt know , if its not one Merc smashing cars up its the other, and fancy Mr Goat not being able to pass old Alonso. , he was so tired at the end he had to have a sit down and cry ... maybe the crowd got to him ...all those cheers

    Is it raining , yes, is it raining No lol

    All this and only leads by 7 points , maybe in the break hell get married ..........? doubtfull, not in Hungary anyway

  3. shroppyfly

    All that and only 6 points in the lead ...pitiful , no wonder he needed a lie down after the race, stellar and stupendous , well yes if your referring to Alonso lol, or perhaps Valtteri had the same problem with his brakes as Zombie Lewis did in Baku?, his team cost him the win today undoubtedly but Valtteri saved them so not all bad .and in doing so will be rewarded with a new contract , on the proviso he gets dreadlocks like Lewis

    Well done GR and williams

    • Tayto

      FFS look at the list of dnf and all of those guys would have finished in front of Williams plus max was handicapped for the race and Ricardo with him be a long time before icon hits the top step again of Georgy for that matter

    • ReallyOldRacer

      BOT is proving that he is an excellent teammate. He did his part and then they made a bollocks of the restart decision. lol

  4. Tayto

    FFS look at the list of dnf and all of those guys would have finished in front of Williams plus max was handicapped for the race and Ricardo with him be a long time before icon hits the top step again of Georgy for that matter

  5. Jax

    Now some numbnuts on here are now yammering about karma after Silverstone. A word of advice. Stop referring to things of which you are ignorant about to espouse your grouse. Now let me highlight an example of good vs. bad karma.
    Vettel getting a penalty demoting him from second today for fuel regulation violation among a plethora of other infractions and mishaps by him throughout his recent years = bad karma.
    Hammer on the other hand, besides all the other good luck today, is also in turn elevated to second place. = good karma.
    Watch out Ocon! Lol

    It's not looking good for you snowflakes 😄

  6. Gavin

    Hamilton stated after the race that he spoke to the team about tire choice during the formation lap. In 2017 Hass were penalized for doing the same thing. Have the rules changed? Hamilton should be penalized

  7. Jax

    Oh by the way. Keep those conspiracies going cause it's entertaining as hell. Lol.
    I did warn that when the tables turn in the second half, I was going make it sting. Had you snowflakes taken heed of the premonitions by the prophetic Jaxtradamus...or Jaxmus Lol...the pain could've been lessened. But haters by n large are incorrigible so it is what it is. Keep at it.

    • JJ75

      I'll tell u what's entertaining as he'll, Lewis running thru fields 2 wks ago when he's winning, and when he's 3rd acting like an old man when he's 3rd, covid me a#se..nothing wrong with him 2 wks ago..must be going for an acting role after spending an afternoon with Tom and Harrison..amateur dramatics..

  8. djole

    Bottas should get 3 races ban for this and Hamilton for previous race, its so unfair that Merc and Lewis are now leading in both championship because they keep crashing into Redbulls... Redbull had over 40pts and Max over 30 just 2 races ago...

  9. Jax

    OH goodness here's another genius. Hey Mike fella, he's leading by 8 not 6. Stay up to date with current events before making an ass of yourself. That's what you get for following a Fly Lol. Go figure.
    I'm not even going to bother address that other nonsense you stated. Just stay in your lane son....before you hurt yourself.

    • Mike O Donovan

      I see what happened. Vettel was DQ'ed. So technically I was right, and the TV people were right. If you want to make hay on that go ahead. It's easier that responding to Hamilitons major blunder. Good for Hamilton, he drove a good race. But he was playing it safe. A real competitor sticks the knife in and twists.

  10. JJ75

    Call that an insult!! And uve the cheek to question my I.Q..
    Have a feeling the summer break will do u and Lewis the world of good!
    Enjoy..smiley face with a wink

    • ReallyOldRacer

      JJ, joust with ignorance and you risk being reduced to that level. Don't get dragged into the quagmire. Ignore Jaxwad, that's his worst nightmare.

      • shroppyfly

        Tend to agree with Ror , hes had his chances now, hes on his own on the blessed-love-train that is lewis Roscoe Hamilton the 3rd.we can have a laugh and a joke and even share the odd f1 opinion , but ignoring Jax Hamilton is the best option .

  11. Jax

    Oh come on Old fella. Nightmare for me? Last I checked it wasn't me complaining about being downvoted a lot. That was your insecure partner Fly guy. Lol
    You see folks. Haters are like old incandescent bulbs. They generate a lot of heat, but they're not too bright. You could say they are..."dim" witted. 😄

  12. shroppyfly

    What a role model Mr Hamilton is mmmmm, I want whatever they’re smoking at the end of this race!, a press statement from the mission 44 webpage , has denied Mr Hamilton said this ....What a guy , what a guy.
    Auk government spokesperson said , we do not share or agree with the statement from Sir Lewis on this, and feel it wholly inappropriate for such a statement to be made and call on him to heal the world and stfu and just drive the car (allegedly)

  13. Jax

    Allow me to demonstrate how foolish haters are and why I ridicule them constantly. They see a headline that suits their narrative then engage in a herd mentality in going after their target.
    Quote from Ocon: "So, we arrive into Turn One and it was dry already. So I said to the team because it’s another start after the red flag, so you are able to talk. If we were not able to talk, probably would have been a different story". End quote.
    Hammer was instructed to stay out; hence, not his fault! Just read or watch the press conference you morons. Lol smh


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