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Hamilton wins the 2019 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

2019.5.08.
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Lewis Hamilton wins thanks to a perfect strategy ahead of Red Bull Racing rider Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel on Ferrari in this Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, 12th Grand Prix of the season. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz (McLaren) took fourth and fifth places respectively in this Grand Prix. Pierre Gasly finished in sixth place.

Pierre Gasly finished sixth in this Grand Prix after a complicated race: “It was a difficult race from the beginning. We had a bad start that didn’t make our lives any easier, and after that, I tried to attack as much as I could, but I was slipping everywhere and having trouble finding grip. I lost a lot of time at the start, which didn’t help my race. The weekend had started well and Friday was a good start to the week, we were satisfied with the FP1 and FP2, but from Saturday I struggled to find some grip. It’s good for everyone to take a break now. I’m going to relax and review the first half of the season, I’m going to look at what went well and what could have been better to come back brighter and more. “

Romain Grosjean, Haas driver, gave up due to a hydraulic problem on the 49th lap of the race: “I was happy with the start of the race. The car was of course on the softs, I was holding everyone back. It’s something we knew from the pace of the race and I was satisfied with it. Then we fitted the hard tires, which we hadn’t really used this weekend. There was no grip and it was impossible to raise them to temperature. In the end, we had a water pressure problem and had to remove the car from the race.”

The Scuderia Ferrari leaves this Hungarian Grand Prix with a fourth and fifth place, hoping for better results. A difficult race for Charles Leclerc: “When we arrived in Hungary, we knew it would be a difficult race for us, and it was. The start of the first stint was not bad, but as the race progressed, I started to fight more and more with my rear tires and I couldn’t keep up with our competitors. My objective now is to understand how we can improve, especially on long runs and on circuits where tyre degradation is high. I look forward to resuming competition after the break so that we can continue to work on further improvements and give our competitors a good challenge.”

Renault F1 Team is not scoring any points this weekend with a twelfth place finish for Nico Hülkenberg and a fourteenth place finish for Daniel Ricciardo. Cyril Abiteboul remains disappointed with this first part of the season: “It’s a bad result with both cars out of the top ten today. We were aiming for points with Nico, but we couldn’t really exploit our strategy between an engine in safety mode and a limited advantage over riders starting on soft tyres. Daniel had a good race, but it is always difficult to start last on a circuit like Budapest. He still managed to gain several places and fought with Magnussen until the last turn, showing that the fighter he is never surrenders. His attitude on the track should inspire us all as we enter the summer break after a first half of the season well below our objectives.”

Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix – his eighth win this season and his seventh in Hungary – thanks to a bold strategy: “We have been together for seven years, but this feeling never gets old. Without everyone here and at the factory, this would not have been possible. I am very grateful to be part of this team that continues to believe in me, to push the limits and to take risks. I wasn’t sure I could close the 19-second gap, but the team told me to go headlong, so I did. I kept pushing and the gap narrowed. I was at the limit until the end. I take my hat off to the team and I think if Niki were here today, he would take his hat off too.”

F1 Drivers Standings (after Budapest)

1 Lewis Hamilton 250

2 Valtteri Bottas 188

3 Max Verstappen 181

4 Sebastian Vettel 156

5 Charles Leclerc 132

6 Pierre Gasly 62

7 Carlos Sainz 58

8 Kimi Räikkönen 29

9 Daniel Ricciardo 28

10 Daniil Kvyat  27

11 Lando Norris 23

12 Lance Stroll   18

13 Kevin Magnussen 18

14 Nico Hülkenberg 15

15 Alexander Albon 15

16 Sergio Perez 14

17 Romain Grosjean 8

18 Antonio Giovinazzi 1

19 Robert Kubica 1

20 George Russell 0

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