2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

Rolex Magyar Nagydij

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Round:
12
Weather:
Hot, dry and sunny
Laps:
70
Fastest Lap:
Ricciardo, 1m20.012
Country:
Hungary
Circuit:
2018 season:
Report

Lap 26-30: this was Sebastian Vettel’s crucial time as he stayed out there on his harder tyres, trying to put right what had gone wrong in the rain of qualifying. This would potentially get him past Valtteri Bottas’ second-place Mercedes – and within around 7sec of Lewis Hamilton’s race-leading W09, but on brand new ultrasofts rather than 15-lap old softs and with 30 laps to go.

Clearing Bottas was going to be the foundation of Vettel’s pitch for victory. He needed 20sec over the Finn and by lap 27 had it up to 21sec. By lap 30 it was at 23sec Had he come in at this point he’d have cleared Bottas. But against Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes, Ferrari reckoned he’d need the maximum possible tyre advantage – especially as Hamilton was just pegging his pace to Vettel’s, ensuring he kept the rubber until he needed it. So they kept Vettel out there, trying to get to lap 40.

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