Ferrari cap off a pretty horrible weekend by taking each other out on the first lap, Charles Leclerc decided to dive down the inside coming into turn 3, the SF1000 bounced off the curbs and launches into the rear of Vettel’s Ferrari.
Once the dust settles, Charles Leclerc admitted that it was his fault for the accident that ended the Ferrari teams race. It was a silly move from the young Ferrari driver and they will need to cut these mistakes out if they are to salvage anything from this season.
The result of the contact, Vettel retires straight away and Leclerc a few laps later ….
A short safety car to allow the marshall’s to clear the carbon fibre from the Ferrari incident. On the restart Hamilton heads the field from Verstappen and Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own, after securing pole with a lap that was 1.2 seconds ahead of second, he carried that form into the race, leading from pole. It was a faultless drive, managing the race and securing his 1st win of the season.
Verstappen and Redbull pitted on lap 24 and fired on a set of Medium boots, however Bottas in the Mercedes pitted 7 laps later, meaning with a handful of laps left, Bottas was able to come back at the Redbull, Verstappen didn’t make it easy for Bottas, however It was just a matter of time as Valtteri Bottas made an easy pass to secure a Mercedes 1-2.
The midfield battles were spread out all the way down the grid, with the Renault cars battling, Mclaren cars involved and a pretty racy Williams of George Russell, unfortunately for George Russell he lost the car, forcing him to drive through the gravel, he fell to the rear of the field for the remainder of the race.
Ricciardo in the Renault looked to be in decent form, the Renault car looks like a solid car, however they have not been able to eliminate the reliability issues, as Esteban Ocon who had a great Qualifying retired early in the race with cooling issues. The same cooling issues that effected Ricciardo in the previous race.
Sergio Perez in the Racing Point had a great race, starting at the back of the grid, the Mexican driver cut through the field and with only a few laps to go was in 4th. His charge ended after contact with Alex Albon, breaking his first wing. As Perez nursed his car to the finish, Ricciardo, Stroll and Norris battled for 5th, with Stroll managing to get in front of Daniel Ricciardo, Norris followed pushing the Australian driver down 2 places in 1 corner.
The action between these 3 drivers did not stop as Norris managed to get in front of Stroll and with 2 corners to go, he caught and passed the lame Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who was limping to the finish with a broken front wing.
A great race with some good performances, the Racing Point is looking like the car that everyone expected, Mclaren has really stepped up the plate as the Best of the rest, Renault do have a good car but they really need to sort out the reliability issues, if they can do that it will be a really exciting battle for the best of the rest.
This was Lewis Hamilton’s Weekend, Love him or Hate him on form like this, its hard to argue that he is one of, if not thee greatest driver in Formula 1
We are off to Hungary for the Hungarian GP next weekend … what will happen next?