The Ferrari driver manages to be in command of a drama-like race, which proved that the show has not left the building in Formula One. Second and third places were occupied by the Red Bull drivers, while Hamilton and Rosberg came across the worst race of the season.
The German took the lead from the very start, managing to get passed the two Mercedes cars before the first corner. Kimi Raikkonen comes after him and places himself right behind his teammate. Things are getting worse and worse for Hamilton. He tries to go back into the 3rd position, but loses control of his car before the chicane and is bound to shortcut through the gravel losing 7 whole spots.
The lead Vettel and Raikkonen had by the mid-race seemed to profile the first Ferrari double ever since 2010, but the MGU-K system in Kimi’s car failed and he was bound to quit. The race also turned dainty for Vettel, when the Safety Car was deployed. Nico Hulkenberg’s front wing breaks off by the end of the straight, therefore turning the German into a simple passenger until the moment of a violent impact. This incident brings on the deployment of the Safety Car and Vettel’s lead simply melts.
The battle for the second place was to be carried out by Rosberg and Ricciardo. The Aussie is hitting off, but his rear left wheel plugs into the front wing of the Red Bull racing car. Nico gets a flat tire, is cut out and Ricciardo pits to change the front end. The great winner of this duel is Dannil Kvyat, as the Russsian manages to finish second, ahead of his teammate. Kvyat is finally up on the podium for the first time in Formula One and becomes the Russian with the best result ever in the competition.
Max Verstappen finishes 4th, followed by Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard ticks the best result this season for Mclaren-Honda, and the squad’s hopes are going straight to the podium now. Hamilton trades on Rosberg’s problems and finishes in the sixth spot, while Grojean also runs a fine race and finishes seventh. The top 10 is rounded up by Jenson Button and Marcus Ericsson.
The Williams team cracked in remaking the fine race in Silverstone and ticks a fizzle. Massa and Bottas finish in the 12th and the 13th places and fail to bring a single point to the British squad. Maldonado tops his part in Hungaroring and is penalized no less than three times. Roberto Mehri closes up the ranking in the 16th position, two laps behind the leader.
There will be a 3-week holiday for Formula One, as the championship is set to resume in Spa-Franchorchamp on August, 21st.
|2||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||69||15.748s|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||69||25.084s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||69||44.251s|
|15||Roberto Merhi||Marussia/Ferrari||67||2 Laps|
|-||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||60||Power Unit|
|-||Kimi Raikkonen||Ferrari||55||Power Unit|
|-||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||53||Brakes|
|-||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||41||Wing|