4 August 2019

Six hours after the race...

The last three Formula 1 races have all been great entertainment, but Hungary is traditionally a race where overtaking is really difficult and in the early laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix it looked like we were in for a less exciting race. Max Verstappen was ahead fo Lewis Hamilton by a little over two seconds, and the pair were pulling away from the third-placed Charles Leclerc at an impressive rate. Verstappen headed for the pits on lap 25 and Lewis moved ahead. Six laps later Hamilton pitted and re-emerged nearly five seconds behind. Lewis caught up and tried to grab the lead but Verstappen held him off. It was clear that Lewis was not going to win if they stuck to the strategy. On lap 48 Mercedes called Lewis in. He came out 19 seconds behind, with 22 laps to go. It looked like an impossible task. Verstappen couldnot change his tyres without losing the lead and so had to push as hard as he can and watch as Hamilton began to reel him in. At first it looked impossible but as the laps ticked away, Max's tyres faded and Lewis dug deep and charged. The gap came down: 9.3s, 7.8s, 5.5s, 3.2s and suddenly a win looked possible. The bold strategy had paid off and there was nothing that Max could do. Lewis went ahead on lap 66 of 70 and Max went straight to the pits, in an effort to get fastest lap. The others were so far behind that they were irrelevant, but there was another strategic fight going on between the two Ferraris, with Sebastian Vettel doing the same to Charles Leclerc as Hamilton had done to Verstappen. he grabbed third with two laps to go... It had been a fabulous race.

- We look the likely F1 calendar in 2020
- We remember Fangio's greatest victory
- We look at the revived Bloodhound land speed record project
- We remember Jean-Paul Driot
- DT remembers a Hungarian rising star
- JS mulls what F1 has done for Hungary
- The Hack goes to the cinema
- Peter Nygaard snaops away merrily at the Hungaroring

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