Max Verstappen races from tenth on the grid to victory in Hungary – also because Ferrari has withdrawn itself from the race and thus probably also from the title fight.
Budapest. After his premiere victory in the Puszta Max Verstappen in the Formula 1-Holiday already dreaming of the second World Cup triumph. Another day to forget for his first pursuer Charles Leclerc and Ferrari raced the Dutch world champion in the red bull from tenth on the grid to his 28th Grand Prix victory.
In a race that was unusually eventful for the Hungaroring, Leclerc, who seemed to be driving towards victory, only managed to finish sixth. finished second Lewis Hamilton in front of his Mercedes-Teammates George Russellwho started from pole.
Lerclerc, who was devastated a week ago after his retirement in France after a driving error, this time fell victim to the wrong choice of tires by the Scuderia, who had given him the hardest compound due to the rather cool temperatures during the pit stop. Not a good idea, the gap of 80 points to Verstappen is tantamount to a preliminary decision in the title race and will follow Leclerc in the four-week summer break.
Ferrari had wanted to limit the damage again by changing the tires again. But that also went wrong, the reinvigorated Mercedes cleared the podium places behind Verstappen.
“What a race, who would have thought it?” Verstappen marveled on the pit radio. His team boss, Christian Horner, said: “There is no better way to start a summer break.” The next step is the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 28th.
The former race director Michael Masi has now spoken in an interview about the controversial 2021 season finale. Masi reports that he has received death threats against himself and his family. “I felt like I was the most hated man in the world,” the Australian told News Corp. “Racist, abusive, obnoxious, they abused me in every way they could.”
Masi was heavily criticized after enabling Verstappen’s final overtaking maneuver against Hamilton in the decisive race for the title. (red.)
(“Die Presse”, print edition, 01.08.2022)