2018 Hungary Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Mercedes has outscored Ferrari in races where they should not have, outside of Silverstone, which was the opposite. Sometimes, it's better to be lucky than good.
TRACK: Well, there were some passes this year. We'll give it that. But, that's it.
EVENT: Another huge crowd in Europe. Who says that continent is losing interest in F1?
QUALIFYING: Rain shakes things up allowing Mercedes to shine, Red Bull surprisingly not, while Renault and Toro Rosso really do well, with Haas the most consistent.
RACE: Outside of the leader running away, this race had a lot of intrigue, strategy, fights for position, and even some wheel banging.
START: Mercedes gets exactly the start they needed especially from Bottas who craftily defends, Vettel spanks Raikkonen, Verstappen immediately puts himself in contention, Ricciardo nearly gets run over, and Leclerc eventually gets put out.
HAMILTON: Lewis set it up in qualifying with an amazing performance in the wet and then sealed it with a solid drive in the race.
BOTTAS: Offended or not, you were the perfect wingman, Valtteri.
MERCEDES: Same old story. Yeah, they got the riches, but they still have work to do.
VETTEL: Traffic and a poor pit stop spoiled Sebastian's chances at getting Hamilton.
RAIKKONEN: The Iceman melted by his three-year-old son.
FERRARI: Yeah, this is stating the obvious, but they have got to stop throwing away points.
RICCIARDO: The most fun driver to watch this race. And to think, Daniel came this close to getting crashed out at the start.
VERSTAPPEN: So Max, how do you really feel about those Renault power plants...?
RED BULL: Good luck Honda trying to put up with this team's constant criticisms. McLaren are amateurs compared to Red Bull's charges.
GASLY: A fantastic race by Pierre.
HARTLEY: Will we see Brendon when the F1 circus reconvenes at Spa?
MAGNUSSEN: Again, beats out Grosjean.
GROSJEAN: But at least Romain ensured a two-car points finish.
HAAS: We can't understand why a team would forego testing, when testing is so rare nowadays.
ALONSO: Fernando back to putting a car that doesn't belong in the points into the points
VANDOORNE: Stoffel got a new chassis, and he was faster. But probably too little, too late.
SAINZ: Surprising to think Carlos may not be wanted anymore at Renault.
SIROTKIN: Heading into the summer break, and Sergey is the only driver without a point. Granted, we never expected much from him, but considering the car he is driving, we can't be too harsh.
PEREZ: The man who set the business dominoes in motion.
FORCE INDIA: What a mess. And despite this team being a worthwhile buy -- unlike previous failed outfits -- it still may go down in flames thanks to Vijay Mallya's ego and business shenanigans.
BWT: The most mind blowing fact that has come out of the Force India debacle is that BWT is anything but a sponsor. They loaned money to Force India in exchange for "sponsorship." If it all worked out, they would have been paid back with interest, thus being the first sponsor in racing history to be nothing more than a simple investment. Auto racing has now stooped this low?!
F2: Formula 2 always produces wild races. But when it rained on their Saturday feature race, it got really wild.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Wingman.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2004 -- The last time the Hungarian winner won the World Championship. Maybe Hamilton should have considered backing off at the end...
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Despite fans complaining about the lack of competition, there were times the championship was clinched at Hungary. Nigel Mansell wrapped it all up in 1992 with five races to go out of 16 thanks to a second place finish behind Ayrton Senna. Michael Schumacher clinched the title after winning Hungary in 2001. There were four races left out of 17. (In 2002, Schumacher clinched it at the French GP with six races to go out of 17.)
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Renault's Cyril Abiteboul pulled no punches over what he and Renault think of Red Bull's animosity, "Our bosses have stopped reading what Christian Horner is saying about us since 2015. Itís very clear that we don't want to have any dealings with them any more. It's very clear it's done."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Verstappen who after the race wanted it all out there, "They beeped all my swearing on the radio. They should have kept it in so they know how I feel."
SCHEDULE: This might be the most talked about summer break in history. Will Force India get a new owner? Will Toro Rosso change drivers? Will Alonso announce his 2019 plans? And most importantly, will F1 finally lock down and announce the new set of regulations?
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