2019 Hungarian Grand Prix race report — How a failed overtake set Hamilton on the victory path

2019 Hungarian Grand Prix

A clash of F1’s two biggest titans always was going to be decided in the margins. This Hungarian Grand Prix was tilted by a failed Lewis Hamilton overtake and overheating Mercedes brakes – in Hamilton’s favour

Race Winner
Country
Hungary
Circuit
Round
12
Laps
70
Pole
Fastest Lap
Verstappen, 1m 17.103s
2019 Season
Past Results

“I’m not sure this is the right strategy,” said Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes suddenly went for an unplanned and late second stop as an alternative way of trying to pass Max Verstappen’s pole-setting Red Bull, something they’d not been able to do on-track.

“Why have we not stopped in response?” demanded Verstappen upon realising that with 22 laps to go he was now about to be hunted down by Hamilton on tyres 23 laps newer.

In the competitive heat and strained sinews of the moment, both were convinced they were on the wrong strategy. Thing was, no-one really knew what the right and wrong strategy was. Not even those on the pitwall.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

2

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 35m 3.796s

25

2

1

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 35m 21.592s

19

3

2

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 36m 5.229s

15

4

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 36m 9.046s

12

5

3

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

69 laps

10

6

Pierre Gasly

10

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

69 laps

8

7

3

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

69 laps

6

8

6

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

69 laps

4

9

2

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

69 laps

2

10

2

Alexander Albon

23

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

69 laps

1

11

5

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

69 laps

0

12

1

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

69 laps

0

13

1

Kevin Magnussen

20

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

69 laps

0

14

6

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

69 laps

0

15

2

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

69 laps

0

16

1

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

68 laps

0

17

1

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

68 laps

0

18

1

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

68 laps

0

19

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

67 laps

0

R

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

49 laps Retired

0

Circuit - Hungaroring

Country

Hungary

Location

Mogyorod, Pest

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.722 (Miles)

Record

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W11 EQ Performance), 1m16.627, 127.882 mph, F1, 2020

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