Sebastian Vettel claimed Ferrari’s first win since May after holding firm under late pressure to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, a victory aided by teammate Kimi Raikkonen holding off a late charge from Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari looked to have the race under control in the opening stint, but the timing of its pit stops put Raikkonen under pressure from the Mercedes drivers. With Hamilton quicker than Valtteri Bottas, it was decided to let the three-time world champion by to attack the other Finn, though he could not get close enough at the end. Though annoyed with Ferrari’s strategy, Raikkonen held on to second position, while Hamilton honoured his promise to reverse Mercedes’ team orders by slowing to let Bottas through at the final corner.
Max Verstappen finished fifth, while Fernando Alonso claimed a popular sixth position for McLaren — it’s strongest finish of 2017 so far and also claiming the fastest lap of the race. He overtook Carlos Sainz Jnr and set the fastest lap on the penultimate lap.
Stoffel Vandoorne took his first point of the year in tenth place, separated by his team mate by Sainz and the two Force Indias.
Romain Grosjean joined Ricciardo in retirement after leaving his pits with a suspected cross-threaded wheel nut. Paul di Resta also failed to take the chequered flag when Williams called him in with nine laps to go. Nico Hulkenberg dropped out three laps from home while running outside of the points places.
The result means Vettel will take a fourteen-point lead over Hamilton into the summer break.
Here’s the full provisional classification of the race.