Sebastian Vettel won a very tough Hungarian Grand Prix after steering wheel troubles throughout the course of the race, as Raikkonen closely followed him behind, with Mercedes swapping positions at the final corner.
Sebastian Vettel’s winning margin was less than two seconds over Kimi Raikkonen, however the German struggled with steering wheel, and caused a pileup for the lead during the second half of the race.
Story of the session
As the lights went green, it was the two Ferrari’s who went head to head, but pole-sitter Vettel was the one who maintained his lead. Meanwhile, further down the two Red Bull’s collided, which forced Daniel Ricciardo out of the race, whilst Verstappen continued on.
As the debris was cleared from the incident, the race was back on, and the tv cameras were focused on the Verstappen/Hamilton battle for fourth place.
The Dutch driver was soon given a 10-second stop/go penalty for his antics with Daniel Ricciardo, which forced the Australian out of the action.
Further down the field, the scrap for the final points scoring position became a talking point. Ocon, Palmer and Hulkneberg were all scrapping for 10th, with the three separated by just 1.5 seconds.
As there were no changes in the positions, Palmer was ordered to let Hulkenberg up into 11th place.
On lap 22, Romain Grosjean was called in to the pits, but was sent out with a loose wheel, which forced the rather annoyed Frenchman to retire.
On Lap 25, race leader Vettel complained of his steering wheel getting unaligned, and on the next lap, TV footage confirmed just that.
The leaders soon pitted in a chain reaction started by the Mercedes Formula 1 team. It was Bottas first, followed by Hamilton then leader Vettel and then came Raikkonen, who wanted to stay out for longer.
Despite stopping second, Raikkonen came out neck and neck with team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
There was soon conflict at Ferrari, as Vettel had started to hold up Raikkonen with “handling” issues, whilst the Mercedes closed the gap.
On Lap 43, Verstappen pitted and served his penalty, which elevated Sebastian Vettel back into the lead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Palmer, who stayed out much longer, and was elevated in the points-scoring positions, but soon found himself getting mugged by the midfield teams.
On Lap 46, Mercedes let Hamilton past Bottas so he could chase after the two Ferrari’s for the win.
Lap 52 and Raikkonen got within DRS range of his team-mate, and was soon pulling clear of Lewis Hamilton.
By Lap 60 Hamilton got within DRS range of 2nd place Raikkonen, but was faced with the problem of turbulence, knowing that he would have to concede third to Bottas.
On Lap 62, Williams F1 reserve Paul di Resta, who was in for Felipa Massa, was told to retire from the race with a car problem.
Despite his penalty, Verstappen soon closed up to the back of Valtteri Bottas, which complicated the situation at Mercedes for swapping the cars back.
On Lap 69, Renault retired Nico Hulkenberg after his grid penalties.