F1 Hungarian GP 2021: Ocon wins and Hamilton takes back the lead

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has claimed his first Formula One victory at the chaotic F1 Hungarian GP, an appointment marked by the rain that fell on the Budapest track ahead of the race. 

Behind the French driver came Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) but the German has been disqualified after race officials were unable to take the required fuel sample from his car following the race.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who finished third climbed to the second place. Nevertheless, the Briton cama back from the bottom of the pack, where he had fallen after his team committed a major strategic mistake. 

Despite the mishap, the Briton and his team, Mercedes, have regained the lead at the top of the standings. Their good fortune was partly due to the new accident and general underperformance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull. The unlucky Dutch & his fellow Checo Pérez clashed with Mercedes’ Bottas at the start of the race and could only manage a tenth place with its single extra point. 


Ferrari´s Carlos Sainz, who finished fourth, inherited Hamilton´s podium spot late this Sunday. The Spaniard offered a fantastic performance as he climbed all of the way back from his starting fifteenth place.

Sainz was able to duck through the many accidents at the start of the race to climb to the top of the group and defend his position until the end. Only Hamilton was able to rob him of third place in the final laps. 

His friend Fernando Alonso also gave an exceptional run. The Spaniard displayed a great state of form and sensational determination in his epic defence against Hamilton’s attacks during the final laps. The Spaniard has come in the points for the sixth consecutive time this season, finishing fourth after Vettel´s disqualification. 


The exciting Hungarian race was plagued with every kind of incident. It has had a safety car, a red flag, two starts and two accidents involving several cars during the initial meters of the race, as well as a breath-taking comeback from Hamilton. 

All in all, Mercedes has starred in a bittersweet take-back of the World Championship lead. They could have dealt a very heavy blow to their title rivals, but it was not to be. In any case, Mercedes is satisfied. In just two races Hamilton has taken back the head of the classification with 195 points, six more than Verstappen who now has 187. 

Similarly, the German team now leads the Constructors’ Overall with 303 points against the 290 of the blue squad. The team of the star has thus turned both the standings around in just two appointments, ahead of a well-deserved summer break. 


The team from Milton Keynes is also going to need a good rest after the super intense two rounds in which they have seen their fortune take a turn for the worse. This World Championship is being a true rollercoaster.

Despite being ousted from the top of the table, Verstappen and his team have managed to prevent a total debacle at the Hungarian GP, mostly thanks to the German blunder. The way things stand, the battle for the title is to remain red hot after the summer break. 


The other big losers of the day have been the  McLarens. With Lando Norris out of action after an accident and Daniel Ricciardo coming in twelfth and with no points, they have given up a lot of ground to Ferrari.

The team from Maranello now has 160 points, just three less than its rivals from Woking. At least Norris retains third place in the standings with 113 points against the 108 of Bottas, the same positions they held before the Hungarian GP. 


Images F1 Hungarian GP: Alpine F1 Team. 

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