FORMULA 1

Sebastian Vettel wins the Hungarian Grand Prix!

That’s his 41st career win, the same number as Ayrton Senna. Kyvat brings the Red Bull home in second place, whilst the brilliant Ricciardo has finished in third. Verstappen and Alonso finish 4th and 5th, respectively. And Hamilton comes home in 6th, and increases his Championship lead over Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari took the advantage at the start as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen took first and second from the two Mercedes on the front row of the grid. Hamilton then nearly collided with Rosberg at the chicane and ran wide, dropping him down to tenth place by the end of the first lap. Hamilton fought back to fourth ahead of a safety car period, but clashed with Daniel Ricciardo while defending position at the restart and fell down the order again with a drive-through penalty to eventually finish sixth.

Rosberg should have capitalised on his team-mate’s mistakes and was in a position to worry Vettel for the lead following the safety car, but instead came under attack from Ricciardo in third who was on the quicker soft compound tyres. After several laps of closing in, Ricciardo made a lunge for second on lap 64, but ran deep and then made contact with Rosberg on the exit of the corner. The incident punctured Rosberg’s left rear tyre and dropped him to eighth at the end while Ricciardo’s front wing damage saw him cede second place to team-mate Daniil Kvyat soon after. Nonetheless, a double podium for Red Bull is by far the team’s best result of the year.

GP2

Matsushita dominates for sprint win

Nobuharu Matsushita crushed the competition for his first GP2 victory this morning at the Hungaroring, easily claiming the win in a sprint race where everyone else struggled with their tyres in the cooler conditions to lead the first ART 1-2 since Sam Bird and Jules Bianchi in Monza 2010, ahead of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergey Sirotkin.
The Japanese driver took advantage of pole position to easily lead his rivals away when the lights went out with a good start, while McLaren tester Vandoorne and Sirotkin made sparkling getaways to run inside into turn one: the Belgian eased his way into P2 while the Russian was briefly held by Raffaele Marciello but got past the Italian around the outside with a lovely pass out of turn two.
With the rest of their rivals shaking out their positions behind them, including an impressive run from last on the grid to tenth by Sergio Canamasas in one lap, the leaders were swapping fastest laps as they looked to lay down a marker, but it wasn’t without a price: by lap nine the Belgian was already complaining of graining and was unable to run at his teammate’s pace.
It was clear that tyre management was the order of the day, but that didn’t stop Rio Haryanto pushing Marciello almost all race long: the Indonesian clearly had a better car but the Italian was hanging on around the tight, technical circuit. The Racing Engineering teammates were soon struggling too: Alexander Rossi had to come in for fresh tyres on lap 20 after losing a number of places, while Jordan King lost what looked to be a solid P7 around the same time.
And when the flag dropped it was Matsushita who had eased his way to victory, two seconds to the good over Vandoorne, who had to fight off a last lap challenge by Sirotkin for second. Marciello came out on top of Haryanto for the battle for fourth, while Pierre Gasly dropped from fifth to eighth with two laps remaining, losing out to Norman Nato and Robert Visoiu.
If Vandoorne was disappointed at missing the win to his teammate, he can take solace in an expanded lead in the drivers’ championship: the Belgian now leads Haryanto by 194 points to 109, while Rossi’s non-scoring weekend sees him stranded on 105 points, just ahead of Sirotkin on 103, with Alex Lynn on 85 points to Gasly’s 61, Marciello on 58 and Matsushita on 48. In the teams’ title ART Grand Prix have eased away from DAMS by 242 points to 146, with Racing Engineering on 131, Campos Racing on 130 and Rapax on 121 as the grid escapes for the summer break ahead of the next round at the fabled Spa Francorchamps circuit next month.