Hungarian GP
July 30 - August 01, 2021
Hungaroring
Race Winner
Esteban Ocon
Renault
2:04:43.199
3 Pits
Hungarian GP
SESSIONSRESULTTIME
Free Practice 1
VER
1:17.555
Free Practice 2
BOT
1:17.012
Free Practice 3
HAM
1:16.826
Qualifying
HAM
1:15.419
Race
OCO
2:04:43.199

Esteban Ocon claims stunning debut Formula One win at wild Hungarian Grand Prix

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon claimed an astonishing maiden Formula One win in one of the most dramatic races of the year at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. 

Ocon, 24, claimed an early lead which turned into the drive of his career, as he managed to hold off Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel to take the chequered flag.

Lewis Hamilton finished third, and takes the lead of the drivers' championship, however the seven-time world champion may be left wondering what might have been as he was forced to limit the damage to his race after Mercedes appeared to make a strategic blunder when the race resumed following a red-flag stoppage.  

Hamilton's championship rival Max Verstappen claimed a single point in 10th and drove most of the race with a damaged car after being caught up in the first-corner pile-up which triggered the red flag. 

The incident was caused by Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas, who had a slow start off the line and then misjudged his braking point at Turn 1. Bottas went into the back of McLaren's Lando Norris, whose car then hit Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. 

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll tried to avoid the chaos by driving straight over Turn 1, but ended up hitting Charles Leclerc of Ferrari in the process.

Five cars were out of the race as a result of the crash, including Bottas and Stroll, who both have five-place grid penalties for the Belgian Grand Prix for causing the pile-up.

Sergio Perez, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris also were forced to retire due to damage sustained. 

During the red flag delay, the rain at the start of the race eased up and the track dried out, but Mercedes decided to keep Hamilton out on intermediate tyres while the rest of the field pitted for dry-weather tyres, a mistake which cost them later on.

Hamilton pitted one lap after the restart, leaving Ocon to inherit a lead he would never relinquish from that point. 

Vettel chased Ocon all the way to the flag and was convinced he had the pace to beat the French driver out in front. 

Hamilton earned the last podium position by passing Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso late on. His fight with Alonso -- Ocon's teammate -- took the best part of seven laps, with the Spaniard holding Hamilton at bay with some sensational defensive driving. 

That defensive work turned out to be crucial in Ocon's victory, as Hamilton likely had pace in hand to get past the leaders with a clear track. 

Sainz deserved credit for fourth, as that result seemed to hinge on his decision to refuse Ferrari's request to pit during the flurry of stops for medium tyres which followed Hamilton's first stops. Alonso's fifth-place finish was the best since his return to F1 at the start of the year. 

AlphaTauri pair Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda finished sixth and seventh in a strong showing for the Italian team. 

Gasly took the extra point for fastest lap in the closing stages of the race from Hamilton, which worked in favour of AlphaTauri's senior team Red Bull.

Williams finally celebrated a points finish, with Nicholas Latifi finishing eighth ahead of teammate George Russell. Latifi had been running as high as third before the first pit-stops. 

It was an ultimate team performance, with Russell telling Williams to compromise his race if it would benefit Latifi's chances of a high points finish. 

Verstappen got past McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo late on to claim a championship point, although he leaves Budapest having relinquished the lead of the championship to Hamilton.