Follow the action from the Hungaroring
Hello everyone and welcome along to this Hungarian Grand Prix live blog, where we’ll have all the details from the 11th Formula 1 race of the season. This weekend will see Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas start at the front of the grid, with Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in third and fourth. After Hamilton and Verstappen‘s incident at Silverstone last time out, it should be interesting to see how things go at the Hungaroring. Hamilton will be keen to secure another victory to in this Sunday’s main race, and we’ll be covering all the drama as it unfolds.
This is the start of our live blog for this Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, with the most recent entries nearest the top. Follow along with us as we see who wins the latest battle in this exciting 2021 F1 season.
Esteban Ocon after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix: “What a moment. It feels so good. We had some difficult moments that we overcame together with the team but what can I say? It’s fantastic. The teamwork all round – it’s been a fantastic day. Just a big thankyou for the trust everyone is putting into me. We are back where we belong so that’s fantastic. Sebastian [Vettel, who finished second] put me under big pressure.”
Esteban Ocon on his Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso: “He is awesome to work with, Fernando. We are working together pushing the team to improve, he’s a fantastic guy and I’m really enjoying the collaboration. I wish everyone was here to celebrate.”
Lewis Hamilton has picked up 15 points here in Hungary, so he now leads the standings by six points. Incredibly, Max Verstappen was 32 points ahead of Hamilton going into Silverstone. In the space of two races – and with a lot of controversy along the way – the Mercedes driver now finds himself on top.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon has had the drive of his life and won the Hungarian Grand Prix. What a brilliant day for the Frenchman, who took advantage of the chaos on the opening laps to full effect. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel comes in second and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finishes in third. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had a tough time after the Valtteri Bottas incident and ends up in 10th. Pierre Gasly recorded the fastest lap on the final lap too, so that’s a point taken away from Hamilton.
Esteban Ocon is on course to win his first-ever Formula 1 race. The end is within sight!
Hamilton is now up into the podium places after getting past Sainz, who voiced his frustration with a loud “argh” on the Ferrari team radio.
Hamilton, who was as low as 14th, is now fourth after finally overtaking Alonso. The Alpine driver locked up, which created the space for Hamilton to get past.
Ocon is looking very assured as the leader, but his teammate Alonso is doing a wonderful job of preventing Hamilton from putting any pressure on him. Meanwhile, Vettel and Sainz remain in second and third respectively.
Verstappen has risen above Ricciardo and is now in 10th place. Let’s see if Verstappen can make any more progress now.
Hamilton has not had any luck with getting past Alonso. Sainz is not far ahead of Alonso in third, but for the time being Alonso is doing enough to prevent Hamilton from advancing.
Hamilton is trying to get past Alonso and put pressure on the top three of Ocon, Vettel and Sainz, but Alonso is defending excellently and is making life difficult for the Englishman.
Verstappen is down in 11th, one place outside of the points, and he looks increasingly to have a sharp surge up the standings. The issues with his car from the beginning of the race are no doubt playing their part in this.
Ocon almost got caught out whilst trying to lap Raikkonen, as Vettel very nearly came up the inside of him. It will be interesting to see how the Alpine driver does in the remainder of this race.
Hamilton has put on medium tyres and has come out in fifth spot, behind Alonso. With 22 laps to go, Hamilton is 15 seconds behind Alonso and 24 seconds off the lead.
Alonso needed to go into the pits, so Ocon has gone first once again. Vettel is second, Sainz third and Hamilton fourth, with Alonso now fifth after coming back out onto the track.
Esteban Ocon went into the pits one lap after Vettel, who dropped to third and was usurped by Alonso. That pit allowed Alonso to become the new leader, and Alpine’s quick tyre change means that Ocon came out still ahead of Vettel in third.
Sainz has not long changed tyres and managed to keep hold of fourth place, so Hamilton will have more difficulty when it comes to overtaking the Ferrari driver.
Hamilton went around the outside to get past Tsunoda, which means that the Mercedes driver is now up in fifth. For what it’s worth, Verstappen is still down in 12th.
Latifi has dropped down to seventh after going into the pits, but he is now eighth after being overtaken by Hamilton. At the front, Sainz has moved up into the top three.
Hamilton has just recorded the race’s quickest lap with a time of 1:20.609 as he rises up the standings. He is now up to 8th.
Ocon remains the leader, but Vettel is hot on his tail with a gap of just 0.5 seconds. Latifi in third is 17 seconds back.
Hamilton took advantage of Ricciardo and Verstappen coming out of the pits by overtaking both of them. They are now 10th, 11th and 12th respectively.
Hamilton has just gone into the pits and had hard tyres put on, so he is 12th now. They will hope this will give him a second wind.
Raikkonen – who has been hit with a 10-second penalty after his pit-lane collision with Mazepin – has gone into the pits at more or less the same time that Hamilton overtakes Schumacher, so the Mercedes driver is now in 11th. Verstappen is up in ninth.
Verstappen is now up into the points after getting past Mick Schumacher at the second time of asking. “Not bad for half a car,” Verstappen was told over the Red Bull team radio.
Lewis Hamilton is clearly a bit uncomfortable with the tyres he is currently using, as he continues to complain over the Mercedes team radio.
Hamilton has just overtaken Antonio Giovinazzi to rise up to 13th. The Mercedes driver needs to put in an excellent drive if he is to win here, but there’s still a long time to go.
We have a sixth driver out of this race now, following Mazepin’s mini crash into Raikkonen in the pit lane. The chaos continues.
Who would have thought it!? Esteban Ocon is now leading the Grand Prix, with Vettel in second and Latifi in third. This is crazy.
Only Hamilton didn’t emerge from the pit lane, so the Mercedes driver is out in front. Now Russell is in second, Ocon in third, Vettel in fourth and Latifi in fifth. Hamilton has now recognised his error and will come in to change his tyres, while Russell has dropped back due to an apparent puncture.
The remaining drivers are preparing for the resumption of the race. Almost all of the cars aside from Hamilton are changing tyres due to the drying conditions on the track.
The top 10 already looks completely different after the incident caused by Bottas and then Stroll.
Lando Norris was one of the cars affected by the Bottas incident, and McLaren have confirmed that he will be unable to take part when the race resumes. It is expected to get back underway at 15:32 CEST.
The session has been stopped due to the debris on the track. What a shame that we have four drivers out already, while Verstappen’s car is clearly affected by the Bottas incident.
It was a good getaway from Hamilton, but Bottas – who started in second – struggled from the off. The Mercedes driver ended up going into McLaren’s Lando Norris and both Red Bull cars, which has caused them to drop further back. Verstappen has an issue with his underside as a result of the crash, with debris all over the track. Bottas, Perez, Leclerc and Stroll are out of the race. What a mess.
The drivers are on the track testing the rainy conditions, and they have been informed that the weather will get worse before it gets better. It should be fascinating to see how the rain affects things here today.
The Hungarian government, led by Viktor Orban, will be holding a referendum on a controversial anti-LGBT law, which will ban the depiction or promotion of homosexuality and gender change among under-18s, and Aston Martin are one of the teams that has come out in defiance against this.
We want to know who you believe will win today’s Hungarian Grand Prix, so have your say in our poll below.
As well as potentially rainy conditions, the drivers will also have to be wary of strong winds during this Grand Prix, as the BBC’s Ian Fergusson points out.
Lewis Hamilton was victorious in Hungary last year, with Max Verstappen coming in second place. Will we see a repeat today? Read last year’s report HERE.
Ferrari, like the rest of the Formula 1 teams, are undergoing their final preparations ahead of today’s race, which gets underway at 15:00 CEST.
The anticipation and excitement is building in Hungary ahead of this afternoon’s Hungarian Grand Prix. At present, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen currently tops the drivers’ standings with 185 points, eight ahead of second-placed Lewis Hamilton.
As noted above, the front four on the grid will consist of Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen and Perez in that order, but here are where the remaining drivers will begin the race.
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