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2021 Hungary Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: And just like that, the championship battle flips in two races. Essentially, we start all over again in the second half.

EVENT: The boo birds were out.

TRACK: Hungaroring may be the third longest continuous track on the F1 schedule (behind Silverstone and Mazda), but it still sucks for overtaking.

QUALIFYING: The mind games have begun, Mercedes nips Red Bull, but Red Bull will start on softs, setting up another potentially explosive first lap, Gasly, Norris, and Leclerc shine, Ricciardo is back to struggling, and Russell's miracles streak ends.

RACE: Talk about making everyone forget Silverstone just like that. Between that and this race, there is plenty to keep us occupied discussing over the summer break.

START 1: A game of dominoes. Bottas into Norris into Verstappen with Bottas bouncing off into Perez. Stroll into Leclerc into Ricciardo. All while the luckiest driver on the grid sails away.

START 2: The weirdest start in F1 history. Nightmares of Indianapolis 2005. This time with just one car on the grid. While everyone else takes a single row standing start from pit lane. That's one way to avoid a first lap melee...

OCON: Three factors gave Esteban the win. 1) He was in the right place at the right time at the start to avoid the chaos and gain positions. 2) His teammate drove superbly to take time away from Hamilton when he surely would have caught Ocon. 3) Most importantly, Esteban drove calmly and brilliantly under race long pressure from a four-time world champion.

ALONSO: For those who need lessons on how to brilliantly defend without being dirty, watch the highlights of Fernando holding off Hamilton. Then, watch it again. And again.

ALPINE: France had to wait 24 years for a French driver to win an F1 race. Now, they have two in less than a year. This time in a French car.

VETTEL: Massive high. Then massive low.

ASTON MARTIN: They may actually have a case in their appeal. It will still be difficult to prove, but not impossible.

HAMILTON: Once again salvaged a seemingly lost race to gain points on his main rival.

BOTTAS: Not the way you want to leave an impression on your team just before they start considering the driver lineup for next year.

SAINZ: Thought he had the podium. But still a great race for Carlos.

GASLY: Considering he started fifth, logically Pierre was the one who should have been in Ocon's position. But he lost out on the proper lane lottery in the chaos.

TSUNODA: Nice recovery drive from yet again a poor qualifying effort. But, Yuki still has a lot to learn.

WILLIAMS: Points! Points! But wait. Double points! Double points! And potentially a lot of money at the end of the season if they stay in eighth place.

LATIFI: After being thoroughly spanked by his teammate at Silverstone, Nicholas drove a nice steady race for his points.

RUSSELL: No ego for George, as he was willing to give his teammate the glory and was genuinely happy for a team he may be leaving.

VERSTAPPEN: Max needs to find the person who has his voodoo doll...

RED BULL: Trying to re-enact the "scene of the crime" using your own personnel which can only be directed in an extremely biased manner as "new discovery" in your appeal is absurdly ridiculous. And borderline mentally insane. It's yet another reason why it's so hard to root for Red Bull.

FIA: A technical infraction is a technical infraction. No different than having an incorrect ride height or wing length. If you are off, you are off, and you get disqualified. Period. Whether the amount for the fuel test is a proper rule is another discussion.

F3: Norwegian Dennis Hauger is putting his hands around the throat of the championship. His win in the feature race and two fifths on Saturday now gives the Red Bull driver a 63 point lead.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Chaotic.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 2014 -- The last time Fernando Alonso led a grand prix. Which was also at Hungary.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time a French driver in a French car with a French engine won an F1 race was Alain Prost in a Renault at the 1983 Austrian GP. He was followed by another Frenchman, Rene Arnoux, but in a Ferrari. Nelson Piquet (Brabham-BMW) took third. This was the final victory for the original Renault factory team.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Charles Leclerc summing the start perfectly, "Nice bowling game. So frustrating."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Lewis Hamilton summed up what we were all thinking, "Crazy to think we were the only ones on the grid for the restart."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: George Russell displaying amazing sportsmanship and teamwork, telling his team, "If you need to compromise my race to keep Nicky in the points, do it."

SCHEDULE: When we come back from the summer break, how many of the events now on the calendar will be gone? How many new events will be in their place? Will any doubleheaders take place? Will the long anticipated Dutch GP make it? So many uncertainties in this world still.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Ocon 70
DQ Vettel 70
2. Hamilton 70
3. Sainz 70
4. Alonso 70
5. Gasly 70
6. Tsunoda(R) 70
7. Latifi 70
8. Russell 70
9. Verstappen 70
10. Raikkonen 69
11. Ricciardo 69
12. Schumacher(R) 69
13. Giovinazzi 69
NC Mazepin(R) 3
NC Norris 2
NC Bottas 0
NC Perez 0
NC Leclerc 0
NC Stroll 0

Time of Race
2:04:43.199

Margin of Victory
1.859 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 2 laps

Lead Changes
5 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Esteban Ocon, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso

Fastest Race Lap
Pierre Gasly

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 195
2. Verstappen 187
3. Norris 113
4. Bottas 108
5. Perez 104
6. Sainz 83
7. Leclerc 80
8. Ricciardo 50
  Gasly 50
10. Ocon 39
11. Alonso 38
12. Vettel 30
13. Stroll 18
  Tsunoda(R) 18
15. Latifi 6
16. Russell 4
17. Raikkonen 2
18. Giovinazzi 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 303
2. Red Bull 291
3. McLaren 163
  Ferrari 163
5. Alpine 77
6. AlphaTauri 68
7. Aston Martin 48
8. Williams 10
9. Alfa Romeo 3
 
 

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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