Sebastian Vettel led teammate Kimi Raikkonen to an impressive one-two finish for Ferrari today at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest
With both SF70H cars starting from the front row, they maintained those positions off the line with Raikkonen tucked in behind Vettel while battle raged behind them.
They did well to keep their lead through the rest of the rest of the race, although had several nerve wracking final laps.
Vettel completed the 70-lap sprint around the 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring in one hour 39 minutes 46.713 seconds. He was just 0.908 seconds ahead of Raikkonen.
Valtteri Bottas followed 12.462s to claim the final podium place, but right behind him was Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton 12.885s off the winner’s pace.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing was fifth, Fernando Alonso of McLaren sixth, Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso seventh and Sergio Perez of Force India eighth.
With the result, Ferrari came away with their second one-two of the season. Vettel, meanwhile, earned his seventh win in red and fourth this year, while claiming the 46th of his illustrious career.
Vettel also extended his lead on the championship standings. He now has 202 points, earning him a little bit of breathing room from current second-placer Hamilton who has 188. Bottas trails in third with 169.
In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes continue to lead with 357 points followed by Ferrari with 318.
Following the race, Vettel commented:
“Everybody inside the team can be very happy and proud of what we have done today!
“Afterwards, I said to Kimi that I was sorry, because I was slow and struggling during the race. For Kimi it was not good to be there in the middle of a sandwich. It was a tough race that, in the end, kept a good shape. I developed a problem with the steering wheel and I don’t know why yet. We need to avoid it happening again of course, but during the race I didn’t have an option.
“More generally, I don’t like the short term view that some people have, that after a good race everything is great and you are the hero, but after a bad race it is a disaster. It is not fair because people work hard spending a lot of time, working all together on the car.
“In my opinion, we have the best car and downforce which, hasn’t been the case for many years. In the end we can make a difference and we have done that so far. We have our testing days here next week and we have a lot of work to do. After that there will be the Belgian GP. Our car has been good there and I think we have some improvements, so it should be fine.”
The Formula 1 season is now headed for a lengthy summer break and returns with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 27.
|5||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+13.276s||5|
|7||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||7|
|8||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||+1 lap||8|
|9||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India||+1 lap||9|
|10||2||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren||+1 lap||10|
|11||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||11|
|12||30||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||+1 lap||12|
|13||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1 lap||13|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Williams||+1 lap||14|
|15||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+2 laps||15|
|16||9||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||+2 laps||16|
|NC||40||Paul di Resta||Williams||DNF||NC|
|NC||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||DNF||NC|