2022 Hungary Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: This is why Ferrari may never again win a world championship as long as the Earth exists. Complete incompetence. In every aspect.
EVENT: Who could have ever dreamed when the first Hungary GP was proposed, it would still be around 36 years later.
TRACK: Weather and tires had a lot to do with it, but if the Hungaroring can produce this much passing, the new regulations really have passed the test.
QUALIFYING: Out of nowhere, Russell grabs his first pole as it stays dry the whole time. Ferrari uses their speed for the next two spots, but it's Sainz outpacing Leclerc. McLaren's improvements pay off with Norris fourth. Red Bull has all kinds of issues. And Vettel's farewell tour starts out poorly.
RACE: Certainly a little bit of everything. Strategy. Weather. Comebacks. Screw ups. Passes. Battles.
START: Russell reacts well but still has to block Sainz, Norris has a thought and then has to hold off Hamilton who jumped the Alpines, and the two Red Bulls begin their march with Magnussen in tow.
VERSTAPPEN: A great drive. Spin and win. Everything is going his way. On paper, he's locked up the championship by the summer break.
PEREZ: Second race in a row Checo could not keep up with Max. Are the car developments tilting towards what Verstappen likes?
RED BULL: Once again, strategy kings. Ferrari needs to study them.
HAMILTON: We're not as optimistic as Lewis was -- that he could have won if he had qualified better. But, they are getting closer.
RUSSELL: His strategy appeared to be maximized for early rain which never came, so it ended up being inferior to his teammate's.
MERCEDES: More than anyone else, they probably wish they did not have to wait four weeks to get back on the track.
SAINZ: Consolation in that he was very strong against his teammate.
LECLERC: Who is sticking pins in his voodoo doll?
FERRARI: Sigh. There's nothing else to say about this disaster of a team.
NORRIS: Another seventh. Another best of the rest.
RICCIARDO: Another poor showing.
ALPINE: Terrible team work between the two drivers. Terrible. Well, they'll have a different dynamic next year.
VETTEL: Sebastian begins his ride off into the sunset. A ride he probably should have taken a few years ago.
ALONSO: Let's just say, every team move Fernando has made has not exactly worked out since he first left Renault. So, consider that when evaluating his move to Aston Martin.
ASTON MARTIN: They are certainly not coddling Lance Stroll with this signing.
SCHUMACHER: These driver move dominos falling are all leading to the end of Mick's F1 career.
MAGNUSSEN: Kevin has had way too many first lap contacts. Way too many for a driver of his experience and the reason he was brought back to this team. Way too many.
F2: Theo Pourchaire's feature race win allowed the Frenchman to close the points gap to 21 behind Brazilian Felipe Drugovich, with American Logan Sargeant third.
F3: It's a dead heat in the championship battle between two Frenchmen, Isack Hadjar and Victor Martins, despite none of them getting a podium spot at Hungary.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Hard.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 485 -- The old record which Lewis Hamilton broke for most laps led at a single venue. Bizarrely, the record was held by Bill Vukovich in the Indy 500, because that race counted in the world championship from 1950-60.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Many forget that Sebastian Vettel's F1 debut was with BMW, not Toro Rosso. He was BMW's test driver in 2006 and 2007. When Robert Kubica had his massive crash at the 2007 Canadian GP and was unable to drive at the USGP, Vettel subbed in at Indy. Vettel qualified seventh and finished eighth, becoming at the time the youngest driver to score points. Toro Rosso then picked him up four races later at the Hungary GP as the replacement for Scott Speed.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From Oracle Red Bull Racing's account: "P10 --> P1 Comeback complete"
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Charles Leclerc bluntly stating the circumstances with the hard tires, "These tires are shit."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Ferrari engineer to Carlos Sainz, "Our tires are healthy," ignoring the fact Sainz can see the blisters on his tires because ... you know ... these are open wheel cars.
SCHEDULE: The summer break. Then to grand ole Spa, sadly perhaps for the last time.
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