On July 31, the cool-down room at the end of the 70-lap Hungarian contest cut a peculiar sight. There was the familiar presence of Max Verstappen, for such ominous has been the defending world champion’s form this season that he’s been spotted there on ten out of thirteen occasions.
The weird sight was that there was not a single figure sporting red racing overalls; Ferrari binned another chance of striking big at a Grand Prix this year, something that’s been a prevalent trend. A sad sight, as per many!
But what wasn’t sad after all, and as a matter of fact, refreshing was that there were two Mercedes drivers hanging out with Max. This was not the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix, where the Mercedes duo were spotted along with Verstappen at the end of the race for the top three.
The Mercedes 2- 3 finish at Hungary saw the master Lewis Hamilton out there with the gifted apprentice; George Russell claimed his sixth F1 career podium.
So how did Ferrari’s Sainz and Leclerc, who began second and third on the grid respectively, lose out in the end and how did Hungaroring unfurl a race result that not many would have predicted?
SportsTiger is back with the talking points of yet another Grand Prix, this time, of the last race before the forthcoming summer break.
1. Take a Bow Sir Lewis Hamilton
Chances are, if someone were to convince Sir Lewis Hamiton to pen a book on the art of tyre management, then probably it would benefit not just the remainder of the grid competing alongside the legend but even those who are yet to break into the top tier of Motorsport racing.
Think of names like Colton Herta, Nyck di Vries, and Oscar Piastri among the many.
For someone who began his race from seventh on the grid and ended second in the end, Hamilton blitzed the Hungarian Grand Prix in amazing fashion.
He not only saved his tyres when he had to but pushed a hell lot when the opportunity came; resultantly scoring the fastest lap of the race at 1:21:386 with just thirteen laps to go.
He was, quite frankly, the driver of the day much like Verstappen, the race winner.
Forget not that the great Briton was someone who had to abort his final qualifying lap in Q3 owing to DRS issues. On Sunday, however, he was, as he’s so often been, in a league of his own.
The Hungaroring unfurled a tenth career podium for the Mercedes driver.