If Formula 1 fans enjoyed the summer sunshine on Sunday, July 26, and recorded the Hungarian Grand Prix, thinking either Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg would yet again win and they could catch up on the details later, those fans will be in for a surprise. For the first time in many races, Mercedes was not on the podium at all after an F1 grand prix. Hungary also gave a new driver his first-ever podium finish, and both McLaren drivers finished in the points for the first time this season.
How’s this for a top three — Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari in first flanked by the two Red Bull drivers, Daniil Kvyat in second and Daniel Ricciardo in third. Thought that would surprise you.
According to Formula 1, the Silver Arrows had a “disastrous race”: “Lewis Hamilton started badly from pole, ran off track to drop to 10th on lap one, and later took a drive-through penalty for a collision with Ricciardo, before eventually coming home in sixth.”
“Team mate Nico Rosberg was set for second, until a late coming-together with the charging Ricciardo at Turn 1 – deemed a racing incident by the stewards – gave him a left-rear puncture and dropped the German to eighth at the flag.”
Vettel took the lead at the start, but it was a race of “drama and penalties” after that. Penalties, according to F1, involved: Raikkonen – 5 second time penalty – speeding in the pit lane; Maldonado – 10 second time penalty – overtaking before the SC1 line at end of safety car period; and Kvyat – 10 second time penalty – leaving the track and gaining an advantage.”
At age 21, Kvyat became the second-youngest driver to ever stand on the podium of a Formula 1 grand prix. The youngest remains Sebastian Vettel.
With both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button finishing in the top 10 of the Hungarian Grand Prix, McLaren-Honda scored its first set of points from both cars in a single race. When considering at pre-season testing earlier this year, the team’s cars could not finish even 10 laps, this accomplishment shows progress, a promise made by the renewed partners this year from the beginning.
Further position finishes in the race were as follows: 4th, Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso); 5th, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 6th, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 7th, Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 8th, Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 9th, Jenson Button (McLaren); 10th, Marcus Ericsson (Sauber); 11th, Felipe Nasr (Sauber); 12th, Felipe Massa (Williams); 13th, Valtteri Bottas (Williams); 14th, Pastor Maldonado (Lotus); and 15th, Roberto Merhi (Marussia). Stevens, Sainz, Raikkonen, Perez, and Hulkenberg did not finish.
The fastest lap of the race, according to F1, was driven by Daniel Riccardo in lap 68 with a time of 1m 24.821s.
Before the race, the drivers held a moment of silence in memory of fellow F1 driver Jules Bianchi who passed away July 18 from injuries sustained during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. Many of the drivers attended Bianchi’s funeral earlier in the week. At their remembrance in Hungary, the drivers laid their helmets around Jules’s in a circle, and stood arm-in-arm around them while the track went silent.
On the podium, each of the top three drivers lifted their eyes to the sky and dedicated their successes to Jules. Each driver also referenced him in his interview.
Standings now going into the summer break for the series go this way: In the Driver’s Championship, Hamilton remains in the lead with 202 points; Rosberg has 181, and Vettel is in third with 160.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes’s lead goes to 383 followed by Ferrari at 236 and Williams with 151 points.
The next race on the 2015 Formula 1 calendar is the Belgian Grand Prix, August 23. There are nine races left in the season.