Max Verstappen come back from 10th to win ahead of Mercedes, Leclerc ends sixth

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Max Verstappen produced a stunning comeback drive from 10th on the grid to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and extend his title lead over Charles Leclerc, following another miserable Sunday for the Ferrari driver.

In a captivating race where three teams were in contention for the win, Verstappen fought back from his reliability-hampered qualifying with stonking pace and superior Red Bull strategy, and won by seven seconds from Lewis Hamilton and pole-sitter George Russell as Mercedes celebrated another double podium in Ferrari’s avoidable absence.

Leclerc was the victim of more questionable pit-stop calls from Ferrari and he would eventually finish a meagre sixth, meaning Verstappen has an 80-point title lead heading into F1’s summer break.

It was another win that slipped through Leclerc’s fingers.

The Monegasque started third and after overcutting team-mate Carlos Sainz, ended Russell’s creditable resistance for the lead on Lap 31, at which stage he appeared primed to bounce back from his Paul Ricard crash to take a championship-boosting win.

Leclerc called the strategy a “disaster” and would stop again to finish behind Sergio Perez, who was the only Red Bull, Mercedes or Ferrari driver not to hold the lead at some stage.

Lando Norris couldn’t hold his starting position of fourth but did well to hold off the Alpines for seventh, with McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo a disappointing 15th and picking up a penalty for a Lance Stroll clash.

Hungarian GP Race Result: Top 10
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) George Russell, Mercedes
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
5) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
6) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
9) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

 

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