The Hungarian Grand Prix was some bitter goulash for the Silver Arrows team. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel drove away from the start. Remember last race when Williams got the fast jump? This time Hamilton swamped himself with rash mistakes.
“… my worse race in seven years,” admitted Hamilton.
This was Sebastian Vettel’s second victory of the season. It was his 41st victory overall tying him with Senna.
Hamilton made a mistake at the chicane midway around the first lap and ran wide, dropping 6 positions. Braking for turn 6, he put a wheel in the dirt, and had to crawl through the gravel. Trouble would return.
Legendary Car Guy had picked Nico Rosberg because he historically did well on technical courses like the Hungaroring.
But Rosberg was “off-form” for much of the race. Even Vettel’s teammate Raikkonnen was able to slip ahead of Rosberg in the first lap.
Ricciardo (last year’s winner) was to spell trouble for both Silver Arrows drivers. Struggling for traction 20 laps from the end, Hamilton was attacked by Ricciardo around the outside and careered into the Red Bull driver, damaging his front wing. His momentum lost, he was then attacked by a marauding pack of other drivers.
No sooner did Hamilton emerge from the pits, than he was given the drive-through penalty for the Ricciardo fracas. From this penalty, he could only claw his way back to sixth.
There became a three-way fight for the win between Vettel, Rosberg and Ricciardo. But, like his team-mate, Rosberg misjudged a move on the Ricciardo in a dogfight during lap 64. Rosberg swiped across the latter’s front wing, sustaining a self-inflicted puncture. From there Vettel won easily.
Red Bull took 2nd & 3rd.
“I feel like a dummkopf” admitted Legendary Car Guy.
“I became obsessed with Nico’s recent performances. It looked like he was primed to snatch the lead and never relinquish it. That didn’t happen!” It’s back to astrology for me.