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2017 Hungary Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: No surprise Ferrari had the better of Mercedes like they did at Monaco and will at Singapore. However, the prognosis still favors the Silver Arrows coming out of the summer break. Unless Ferrari comes up with some huge improvements during the time they are allowed to work.

TRACK: Stretch some of those straights out. Please!

EVENT: A solid crowd this year as Hungary has become a key stop for the European (and especially Finnish) fans.

QUALIFYING: Mercedes is no match for Ferrari on the tight Hungaroring, after Hulkenberg's grid penalty McLaren is the best of the rest, and Paul di Resta is not last coming out of the broadcast booth.

START: The Red Bulls get off great only to come together, Palmer is (finally) one lucky dude, and Ferrari doesn't look back.

RACE: Vettel's steering issue turned this into a typical Hungaroring borefest into quite the strategic, nail biting affair.

VETTEL: Nice to be the number one driver.

RAIKKONEN: The "fastest" driver ... except when you're a number two. (And did di Resta ultimately cost Kimi the win?)

FERRARI: Everyone doubted their strategy. However, all's well that ends well.

HAMILTON: Kudos, Lewis. Did you ever in a million years think you would see him live up to his promise and give up a position and three precious, precious points in the heat of a championship?

BOTTAS: I'll take that back, thank you very much.

VERSTAPPEN: Max, Max, Max. You're team had one of their best shots this season, and you single handedly blew it.

RICCIARDO: Which is why Daniel was so frustrated.

ALONSO: Fernando (and Honda) was the best of the rest.

VANDOORNE: Stoffel even scored a point.

MCLAREN: A double finish for McLaren. Both in the points. Moving them out of last place. Will wonders never cease?

HONDA: We have all ripped on Honda all season. Rightfully so. However, they have been getting into Q3 more often. Just scored two point finishes. And (somehow) even got the fastest lap of the race. But, McLaren should still dump them...

SAINZ: Thoroughly trounced his teammate.

KVYAT: Daniil might keep this ride, why?

PEREZ: Order is restored.

OCON: But Estaban stays with him.

MAGNUSSEN/HULKENBERG: They really don't like each other. Really, really don't like each other.

HAAS: A horrid weekend. That momentum from not so long ago is rapidly evaporating.

STROLL: Talk about disappearing momentum... Second unimpressive race in a row for Lance.

DI RESTA: Quite a performance considering he hasn't been in a car for nearly four years.

ERICSSON: Now that Vasseur is team manager at Sauber and the team will be using Ferrari engines making themselves the Italian's junior team, Marcus' time at Sauber may be numbered, despite the fact that it's his sponsors who bought the team. Now, that's irony.

SAUBER: It didn't take them long to dump Honda and stay with Ferrari.

FIA: Once again, the Stewards were all over the place. A 10 second penalty for Verstappen for locking up the brakes (sure, he was overaggressive, but still...), no penalty for Hulkenberg for much worse in terms of controlling his car, and five seconds for Magnussen for driving someone off the track while Sainz did the same and got nothing.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Orders.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- The number of points Lewis Hamilton gave up by agreeing to allow Bottas back around as promised.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the first time a Brazilian did not start a grand prix since the 1982 San Marino GP. That year, there were three Brazilians competing -- Nelson Piquet (Brabham-Ford), Raul Boesel (March-Ford) and Chico Serra (Fittipaldi-Ford). However, the FISA-FOCA war came to a head at San Marino and various teams boycotted the race, including those with all the Brazilian drivers. Only 14 drivers started the race, five finished (in order, Didier Pironi, Gilles Villeneuve, Michele Alboreto, Jean-Pierre Jarier, and Eliseo Salazar), and one was disqualified (Manfred Winkelhock) for being underweight. Ironically, this was the race where Villeneuve felt Pironi betrayed him by supposedly ignoring team orders.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mercedes' Toto Wolff on the decision to switch his drivers for the finish, "Saying I wouldn't regret the decision would be very naive. The truth is that if we miss out on the championship by those two or three points, everybody would say it is because of Budapest. And I would be the first to shoot myself in the knee."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Paul di Resta on making a return to F1 subbing in for Felipe Massa, "I went to all of the team meetings and actually listened."

SCHEDULE: A much needed break and then a return to wonderful Spa.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vettel 70
2. Raikkonen 70
3. Bottas 70
4. Hamilton 70
5. Verstappen 70
6. Alonso 70
7. Sainz 69
8. Perez 69
9. Ocon 69
10. Vandoorne(R) 69
11. Kvyat 69
12. Palmer 69
13. Magnussen 69
14. Stroll(R) 69
15. Wehrlein 68
16. Ericsson 68
17. Hulkenberg 67
NC di Resta 50
NC Grosjean 20
NC Ricciardo 0

Time of Race
1:39:46.713

Margin of Victory
0.908 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen

Fastest Race Lap
Fernando Alonso

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Vettel 202
2. Hamilton 188
3. Bottas 169
4. Ricciardo 117
5. Raikkonen 116
6. Verstappen 67
7. Perez 56
8. Ocon 45
9. Sainz 35
10. Hulkenberg 26
11. Massa 23
12. Stroll(R) 18
  Grosjean 18
14. Magnussen 11
15. Alonso 10
16. Wehrlein 5
17. Kvyat 4
18. Vandoorne(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 357
2. Ferrari 318
3. Red Bull 184
4. Force India 101
5. Williams 41
6. Toro Rosso 39
7. Haas 29
8. Renault 26
9. McLaren 11
10. Sauber 5
 
 

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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