Verstappen wins from 10th place after a spin as Ferrari misses the podium

The defending champion overcame his loss of qualifying power and a spin through expert tire management to complete his run from 10th to victory to extend his points lead.

Lewis Hamilton headed a mercedes 2-3 on the first poleman george russellwho had led for 30 laps, on the front row carlos sainz slipped to fifth on Red Bull recovery Sergio Perez.

Meanwhile, the chief executive Charles Leclerc was the only favorite to make three stops only to be overtaken twice on track by Verstappen and ultimately falling to sixth place.

Russell was put on a set of used softs to get going on a dry track, the patches of rain that had landed in the run-up to the race didn’t turn into a proper downpour at the start.

Thanks to the more grippy rubber, the Mercedes launched strongly to cross and finally cover the average Pirelli shoe Ferrari threat in turn 1 and first place duly consolidated.

Sainz had tried to intimidate him around the outside of the right-hander before the W13 fell back to the top, with the Scuderia then remaining in formation with Leclerc claiming third place.

Hamilton, meanwhile, managed his jaunt to overtake the two Alpines for fifth place behind the soft shoes Lando Norrisas Verstappen propelled his RB18 around the outside of Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricardo to move up to eighth place quickly after losing qualifying power at the end of Q3.

Russell crossed the line at the end of the first lap 1.6 seconds ahead of Sainz.

After a quick virtual safety car to Sebastian Vettel to be pinched with Alex AlbonRussell added another second on the F1-75 chasing the next time around, with Leclerc 1.5 seconds behind.

It took until lap 14 for the red-walled C4 Pirellis to show the first signs of degradation for the W13 as Sainz snatched a 0.6s chunk from Russell, the leading Ferrari having to show enough pace to prevent the pit wall to exchange the order under pressure to intervene by Leclerc.

With the red cars nose-to-tail, it looked like they would be separated when Sainz was given the order to box off at the end of lap 16, but stayed out as Russell then entered for his first stop.

The poleman was slowly traded on a set of mediums after a right front delay to emerge side by side with Fernando Alonsocutting into turns 2 and 3 to seal sixth.

A tour later, Ferrari responded. Sainz was called in to release Leclerc but the Spaniard was also held back in an average change of 3.7 seconds to come out crucially behind Alonso. Alpine machine.

That left Leclerc leading by 11 seconds over Hamilton before the Mercedes was called on lap 20.

Russell therefore came out in second place but with a gap of 19 seconds over leader Leclerc.

As the lap counter reached the teenagers, Leclerc’s pace dropped. He was then stopped at the end of lap 21 for a series of mediums in 2.9s to propel Russell into the lead.

The first poleman was 2.6 seconds ahead of his Monegasque pursuer while Sainz was still 1 second behind while the champion Verstappen occupied fourth place another 3.5 seconds further back.

With the Ferrari well suited to the tight Hungaroring all weekend, Leclerc quickly secured DRS overtaking assist to close the gap and weld himself to the Mercedes gearbox.

Russell was forced to defend, squeezing the F1-75 to the outside line wherever possible to maximize the distance Leclerc needed to cover at the difficult-to-pass Budapest site.

Then on lap 31, Leclerc made it stick. Russell moved to the inside line early in Turn 1 to cover the Ferrari, but with DRS he squeezed tightly into the braking zone for the first time.

Leclerc immediately fired seven tenths from the Mercedes and doubled that gap for the rest of the lap, the advantage climbing to 2.8 seconds with Russel in third and Verstappen fourth.

Verstappen made a crucial lap 39 save for the mediums and despite sparks coming from the back right corner, he was serviced in a record 2.4s – encouraged by the radio message that “there’s still a long way to go. way to go”.

Verstappen came out sixth as Russel made a second stop for the mediums the next time around, with Leclerc then visiting the garage for an unfortunate set of the hardest C2 Pirelli tire available.

With the Red Bulls having skipped Russell, the Ferrari came back third behind Hamilton and Sainz on the slower compound and struggled to generate heat to make it vulnerable.

Verstappen had DRS on Leclerc in Turn 1 to drop the Ferrari, the Dutch ace cleverly opening his steering a fraction at the top to force Leclerc to further compromise his line.

Regaining power, the Ferrari came off the line to let Verstappen blow off some steam.

But Leclerc was offered a second chance, despite the state of the tyres. Verstappen tried to take the power out of penultimate Turn 13 but ran through the rears and spun.

He caught the Red Bull 360 degrees but not before the Ferrari came back, although Perez limited the damage by blocking Russell and staying behind his teammate.

But by lap 43 Verstappen was back to within a second of his main championship rival Leclerc and he cut his RB18 into Turn 2 to reclaim the position down the hill in Turn 3.

Ferrari called Sainz three laps later to relinquish the lead and a missed left-rear change on softs meant he was held up for 4.6 seconds to give Hamilton a 6.4-second margin over Verstappen.

Hamilton finally made his second pit stop at the end of lap 51 for a soft switch and came out fifth, 10 seconds over Sainz as Russell usurped Leclerc – still struggling on the hard tyres.

Ferrari went wild on the final corner to give Russell an easy run for second on the line as Ferrari finally abandoned their strategy and were forced into a further stop.

The soft tires were bolted on but after leading he came back more than 30 seconds behind Verstappen.

With Verstappen managing the mids to the flag, including a late VSC for Bottas stopping with a loss of power aboard his Alfa Romeo at turn 12 he took an unlikely victory in 7.8 seconds.

The Mercedes were the next fastest cars in the final stage of the race, with soft-shoeed Hamilton able to drop Sainz on older tires and then team-mate Russell for second place.

Despite complaining that his tires had dropped, Russell also had his legs on Sainz to clinch back-to-back 2-3 finishes for Mercedes as Perez inflicted more pain on Ferrari in fifth place.

Leclerc’s extra pit stop relegated him to sixth ahead of Norris, who switched to hard tires to stay ahead of the one-stop Alpines from Alonso and Ocon.

Vettel recovered from first contact with Albon to score the final point in the updated Aston Martin ahead of his team-mate Spear Strollthe Canadian having turned around after contact with Daniel Ricciardo, the McLaren driver receiving the 5s penalty.

Pierre Gasly crossed the line in 12th from a pit lane start after exceeding the engine allowance limit with a power unit change on Saturday night.

Zhou Guanyu LEDs Mick Schumacher and reprimanded Ricciardo, while Kevin Magnussen was left on a nil stash in the only improved Haas after an early switch to hards before stopping twice more.

Albon took 17th ahead of the FP3 leader and williams teammate Nicholas Latifi.

Yuki Tsunoda completed the finishers after spun from 17th on the back through the chicane at Turn 6-7, with Bottas the only driver to retire in the final race before the summer break.

Pos Driver Car motor Difference
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull
2 Lewis Hamilton mercedes -7.834
3 george russell mercedes -12.337
4 carlos sainz Ferrari -14.579
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull -15.688
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari -16.047
seven Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes -1’18.300
8 Fernando Alonso Alpine/Renault
9 Stephen Ocon Alpine/Renault
ten Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin/Mercedes
11 Spear Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri/Red Bull
13 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo / Ferrari
14 Mick Schumacher Haas/Ferrari
15 Daniel Ricardo McLaren/Mercedes
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari
17 Alexander Albon Williams/Mercedes
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams/Mercedes
19 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Red Bull
20 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo / Ferrari

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