Broken Bottas causes late drama in Hungary

Date published: July 29 2018

Valtteri Bottas caused plenty of drama in the final few laps, with collisions with both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo as he fell from P2 to P5 in the last salvo of the race.

Lewis Hamilton won the race with relative ease, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finishing on the podium.

It was also a case of another race, another engine problem for Red Bull and Renault. Max Verstappen saw any chance of a Hungarian victory disappear just seven laps into the grand prix.

Here is how race day unfolded…

Sunday afternoon saw the 33rd running of the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the Mercedes surprisingly locking out the front row in qualifying.

The race fell on Fernando Alonso’s birthday, with the Spaniard looking for a nice gift from the race at the Hungaroring.

And there were fun and games on the grid from the McLaren team to celebrate his 37th birthday.

There was a bad start to the day for Williams, AGAIN…

Two men on the chopping block, but neither Brendon Hartley or Stoffel Vandoorne looked too bothered before the start of the race.

“Look Pierre, you are not supposed to out-qualify me. Do you want a seat in this team or not?”

The weather had changed dramatically from Saturday’s thunderstorms. Hot weather, more tyre degradation?

Just before the race, the Formula 1 paddock paid their respects to the late Sergio Marchionne, who passed away this week.

He kept his cool on the driver’s parade, but would Lewis Hamilton be able to keep his cool and stay ahead of the quicker Ferraris?

Charles Leclerc didn’t make it round the first lap, having to retire his Sauber due to a mechanical issue.

The Monegasque driver went to social media ASAP to explain to his fans what went wrong, and how he would bounce back.

Just six laps in, and Red Bull had another retirement, and another mechanical one at that…

Not the way these fans wanted the race to go for their favourite.

“I will let Cyril [Abiteboul] come up with the excuses later,” says Christian Horner. Coming to the end of an already frayed relationship.

McLaren had it all going so well, with both cars up into the points, but then Stoffel Vandoorne retired from the grand prix due to a gearbox issue.

Sitting in the ‘best of the rest’ position with a fifth of the race left, Pierre Gasly was wanting more and more from his Toro Rosso.

It all went wrong for Valtteri Bottas late on, colliding with Sebastian Vettel as the German got past him.

It wasn’t the only contact for the Finn as he then went into the side of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. Ricciardo eventually got past to get P4.

Lewis Hamilton went on to win the grand prix, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton extends his Championship lead to 27 points.

Daniel Ricciardo finished P4, ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Pierre Gasly finishing as the ‘best of the rest’.

Now it is time for the summer break, with four weeks before the next race in Belgium. Time for a holiday?

Race: Lewis Hamilton clinches his sixth Hungarian GP win