Max Verstappen wins at the Hungaroring and helps RedBull secure a new Formula 1 record.
Max Verstappen won the Hungarian Grand Prix and led from start to finish helping RedBull secure their 12th consecutive victory. A new Formula 1 record.
At the 2023 Hungarian GP Hamilton and Verstappen shared the front row for the first time since the infamous Abu Dhabi GP of 2021. Max Verstappen made a better start off the line than Polesitter Lewis Hamilton as he lost a further 2 places to both the McLarens as Piastri went down his inside on Turn 1 and so did Norris on the next turn.
At the start a first corner clash was sparked by Zhou Guanyu who, after making a slow start in his Alfa Romeo, he crashed into Daniel Ricciardo’s AlphaTauri which inturn tapped Esteban Ocons Alpine, who went into his teammate Pierre Gasly. Ocon and Gasly were both forced out with suspension damage, the second double DNF for Alpine.
The race settled down with Verstappen pulling away to a big lead over Piastri. Perez who started from ninth on hards gained a spot from the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso at the start of lap eight. Sainz was the first of the top six to stop on lap 16, switching his softs for hards, with Hamilton pitting from fourth a lap later.
Leclerc’s race was mostly undone by a slow first pitstop, which cost him nearly 10s as Ferrari mechanics were forced to switched to the backup left rear wheel gun.
That dropped Leclerc behind Sainz, who used soft tyres to leap from 11th on the grid to sixth on the first lap, before Ferrari switched them back at the second round of stops, only for Leclerc to pick up that penalty for speeding.
Behind Sainz, Fernando Alonso was ninth for Aston Martin, confirmation that the surprise package of the start of the season has fallen behind a number of rivals.
Alonso still retains third place in the championship but is now just six points ahead of Hamilton.
The Spaniard's teammate Lance Stroll took the final point in 10th place.
The Alfa Romeos of Zhou Guanyu and Valtteri Bottas, who had surprised by qualifying fifth and seventh, lost their positions immediately, when bad starts dropped both out of the top 10.
Bottas ended up 12th, behind the Williams of Alex Albon. Daniel Ricciardo, punted from behind by Zhou at the first corner, a move which triggered a chain reaction that took out both Alpines, recovered from last place to finish 13th for Alpha Tauri on his return to F1
The only thing that went wrong for Max Verstappen on Sunday was his winner's trophy being broken by Lando Norris, who knocked it off its plinth by banging his bottle of Champagne next to it