August 4, 2019 / 8:44 PM / 3 months ago

Motor racing-Team by team analysis of the Hungarian Grand Prix

Aug 4 (Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix (listed in championship order):

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 8)

Hamilton’s eighth win of the season and 81st of his career left him 10 short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record. He now has a 62-point lead over Bottas. The Briton chased down Max Verstappen from third on the grid, passing four laps from the end. Bottas started on the front row but lost out to Hamilton at the start and then made contact with Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, damaging the front wing and dropping to last after an early stop.

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FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 3, Charles Leclerc 4)

Vettel passed Leclerc late in the race to secure his podium place, but finished more than a minute behind Hamilton. Leclerc made contact with Bottas on the opening lap as he moved up to third, a swipe the Finn said was ‘completely unnecessary’. Ferrari are only 44 points ahead of Red Bull now, but a hefty 150 adrift of Mercedes with nine races left.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 2, Pierre Gasly 6)

Verstappen started on pole position for the first time and led most of the race, planning to do a single stop but reeled in by Hamilton on fresher tyres. The Dutchman pitted after losing the lead and took the extra point for fastest lap. Gasly struggled for grip and was lapped by his team mate. The Frenchman’s chances of retaining his seat next year are waning.

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MCLAREN (Carlos Sainz 5, Lando Norris 9)

McLaren are pulling away from Renault, now 43 points clear of their engine providers’ team and consolidating their status as best of the rest. Sainz started eighth and nailed his second fifth place in a row, beating Gasly on pace. Norris held seventh for his first stint but then lost out after the pitstop when there was a problem with the left rear wheelgun.

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TORO ROSSO (Alexander Albon 10, Daniil Kvyat 15)

Albon took his second points finish in a row, twice battling with German GP podium finisher Kvyat, who said he had pitted too early and struggled on worn tyres for the last 15 laps.

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RENAULT (Nico Hulkenberg 12, Daniel Ricciardo 14)

Another blank for the works team, who again have Alfa Romeo breathing down their necks. Hulkenberg reported a loss of power before his one pitstop. Ricciardo started from the back of the grid after power unit changes and had a lively battle with Haas’s Magnussen.

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ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 7, Antonio Giovinazzi 18)

Raikkonen fended off Bottas’s late pressure and put Alfa back in the points after their double demotion at Hockenheim, which they have appealed. Giovinazzi had a three-place grid penalty and started 17th.

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RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 11, Lance Stroll 17)

The team dropped back to eighth after their fourth blank in five races. Perez made contact with Albon towards the end and complained of a damaged suspension, leaving the Mexican struggling over the last four laps. Stroll spent most of the afternoon behind Russell’s Williams.

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HAAS (Kevin Magnussen 13, Romain Grosjean retired)

Grosjean was the sole retirement of the race with a water pressure problem. Magnussen gained a place from his starting position.

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WILLIAMS (George Russell 16, Robert Kubica 19)

Both drivers did a one-stop strategy. Russell said the team had made a good step forwards and it was nice to be racing other drivers as well as his team mate. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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