Hungarian Grand Prix

Major Takeaways:

  • Hamilton entered the round with a 17 point lead over Vettel that he extended to 24 points.
  • Final Race Time/Retired: Lewis Hamilton (1:37:16.427), Sebastian Vettel (+17.123s), Kimi Räikkönen (+20.101s)

Also known as Formula 1 Rolex Magyar Nagydij 2018, Hungarian Grand Prix was the 12th round of the Formula 1 World Championship. Probably, it was one of the longest standing races on the calendar, of course behind only Monza and Monaco. However, it showed some of the best wheel-to-wheel actions and unforgettable funny moments and teammate dramas. 

The race took place on 29th July 2018 at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod and marked the 34th running of the Hungarian Grand Prix. With the win of this race, Hamilton entered into Formula one’s summer break and got the lead of 24 points in the championship.

Speaking of track, it was a twisty and tight track. Contenders had to take the rough with the smooth throughout the race.

Let’s have a look at the overview of entire Hungarian Grand Prix 2018.

Practice 1 (27th July 2018)

In the first practice session, Daniel Ricciardo gave signs of achieving the victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.  He completed 30 laps in time (1:17.613). Sebastian Vettel maintained the second position while another teammate from Redbull Max Verstappen secured the 3rd position.

Practice 2 (27th July 2018)

The second practice session was quite interesting. Vettel showcased that there were no after-effects of his shock crash at Hockenheim one week ago. He completed 45 laps without any gap in time 1:16.834.

Practice 3 (28th July 2018)

In the 3rd practice session, drivers had to struggle to find space on the track. Ferrari topped his 2nd consecutive session with a record of 1m 16.170s. Mercedes was the second fastest team in the practice.

Qualifying ( (28th July 2018)

Finally, the rain arrived in Hungary. Lewis Hamilton came 1st in the final qualifying race. He took time 1:35.658 to complete 26 laps. It seems like Hamilton has some unique ability to perform in wet weather. 

Final Race (29th July 2018)

Right from the beginning, Ferrari driver tried his best to challenge the Mercedes driver. Unfortunately, he could not stop Lewis Hamilton from earning his 67th win. Hamilton maintained a positive attitude and continued his good performance of qualifying round. He controlled the race and lead over Sebastian. Lewis Hamilton was thinking to maintain the first or second position. 

Mercedes driver was expecting that Ferrari would be faster in the race so it was crucial for Hamilton to play a strategy to stay in the lead. 
Both Hamilton and Bottas led from the start and Vettel left Raikkonen behind to run 3rd in the early laps. The actual turning point of the race was between lap 36 and lap 40. Sebastian Vettel found himself growling in the traffic, especially after getting hurt by Renault. 

It was a strategic battle but Hamilton made it easy in his own way and shared the podium with Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen.

Other positions in the race:

  • Second Position-Sebastian Vettel
  • Third Position-Kimi Räikkönen
  • Fourth Position-Daniel Ricciardo
  • Fifth Position – Valtteri Bottas
  • Sixth position-Pierre Gasly
  • Seventh Position- Kevin Magnussen
  • Eighth Position-Fernando Alonso
  • Ninth position-Carlos Sainz
  • Tenth position- Romain Grosjean