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2018-07-30 12:03

Sean Parker

Image: AFP / Ferenc Isza

Lewis Hamilton led from the opening lap to win the Hungarian Grand Prix Sunday, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. 

Mercedes struggled in all three practice sessions but sensationally managed to secure a front row lockout after the rain came down in qualifying on Saturday.

Max Verstappen's Red Bull suffered a power unit failure while birthday boy Fernando Alonso managed to score four points after finishing in eighth position. 

We look back at five remarkable moments from this weekend's Budapest race: 

1. Max lets it rip

Max Verstappen launched into a swearing tirade on camera on only the sixth lap of the race as his Renault-powered car ran into issues forcing the Belgian to retire.

Team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports: "I am not going to get drawn into saying too much. But we pay multi-millions of pounds for these engines, for a first-class product, a state-of-the-art product and you can see it is quite clearly some way below that."

2. It never rains but it pours

Valterri Bottas had a Sunday to forget when he touched Vettel's Ferrari during an overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.

But the damage wasn't over yet, in a dramatic finish, Bottas lost control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.

Bottas was told on team radio to give the position back to Ricciardo, who finished a commendable fourth after starting 12th. 

Bottas received a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision with the Australian.

To compound matters, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff thanked Bottas for being a 'great wingman' for race winner Hamilton, a comment that didn't go down well with the Finn.  

3. Gasly the Great 

Young Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly performed superbly well to finish sixth in the Hungarian GP after he sensationally qualified sixth on the Saturday. 

The 12-point haul means the French driver has already earned 26 points so far this season. 

The 22-year-old was ecstatic on the team radio, which you can listen to below: 

4. Hamilton increases drivers' championship lead

Red Bull were expected to dominate at the Hungaroring this weekend but that didn't happen as Hamilton cruised to his fifth win of 2018 and increase his overall lead to 24 points. 

The Briton showed good pace and benefited from slick performances by his mechanics during pit stops to make sure he was always ahead of the pack. 

Incidentally, Hamilton has never won a world championship when he's won the Hungarian GP.

5. Driver of the day: Daniel Ricciardo 

F1 fans voted the Australian as their driver of the day after his monumental race in which he started P16 on the grid. 

Ricciardo then performed a string of dazzling overtakes to move through the field and almost reach a podium position. He finished fourth at the end of the 70 laps. 

The Red Bull man made his team principal Christian Horner's afternoon slightly better after their Renault engine failed in Verstappen's car on lap six. 


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