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Sebastian Vettel hangs on in Hungarian F1 GP to take 1-2 victory for Ferrari

Ferrari hung onto a one-two victory in the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel won from pole against a looming Mercedes threat.

Sebastian Vettel hangs on in Hungarian F1 GP to take 1-2 victory for Ferrari

Ferrari hung onto a one-two victory in the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel won from pole against a looming Mercedes threat. The Ferrari garage was a picture of uneasiness as the Mercedes pair hounded Kimi Raikkonen but the Hungaroring proved a tough overtaking circuit for all to Ferrari's ultimate advantage.

Vettel has a 14 point lead in the drivers' championship standings as a result of the Hungarian GP. Raikkonen's eighth podium in the Hungarian GP is a new record over Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher's previous career best of seven.

Mercedes did switch Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to give the Briton a go at overtaking the Ferraris, but Bottas was eventually given his place back and thanked the team for restoring order.

Early on, the two Ferraris looked to pull away with Vettel at the front as the super-softs worked wonders for them – not so much for Mercedes – as Bottas was losing up to a tenth of a second per lap to the Ferraris in the early stages of the race.

To make matters worse, the leading constructors' radios were malfunctioning and Hamilton had been overtaken by Max Verstappen on the opening lap.

However, after an opening lap lock-up from Verstappen which resulted in him ramming Daniel Ricciardo out of the race through Turn 2, Verstappen was given a 10-second pitstop penalty, costing Red Bull a potentially successful weekend.

While Mercedes' communications were shut, Raikkonen and Vettel battled as the championship leader struggled with steering issues. He explained post-race that the “steering wasn't straight”. Vettel pitted for softs on lap 33 of 70 as his worn front super-softs bore memories of Silverstone – a lap after Hamilton and two laps after Bottas pitted.

Bottas' lap 31 pitstop was a second slower than Hamilton's and the team-mates rejoined very close together in third and fourth (due to Verstappen's pit penalty) but Bottas was in front.

In Ferrari's camp, Raikkonen's complaints of being “stuck behind Seb” dissipated momentarily, until he was made to pit reluctantly a lap later than Vettel and he rejoined within an eighth of a second behind his team-mate.

When the Mercedes radio returned to normal on lap 45, Hamilton let out his frustration at being behind Bottas, venting to the team for an order to switch. Two laps later, Bottas made way with an enormous detour away from the Turn 1 apex and Hamilton began to catch up to the Ferraris by more than half a second per lap.

However, with Bottas still showing sufficient pace, Hamilton was given a deadline of five laps to overtake Raikkonen who was being held up by the slowing Vettel.

With less than 20 laps left, Raikkonen was clearly being hampered by his team-mate but there was no team order to switch the pair as Hamilton came into focus. The backmarkers did little to aid Hamilton's overtaking attempts but that Mercedes deadline, while looming, hadn't been enforced.

It was clear with 10 laps to go that the overtake wouldn't happen for any of the top four but Bottas wasn't yet given the opportunity to switch back with Hamilton.

Verstappen was now catching up on newer soft tyres, having managed an astonishing 42 laps on super-softs. Vettel duly led to the finish, then, as Ferrari remained stubborn; there was only 0.908s between him and Raikkonen at the finish line.

Bottas was given his place back on the final corner of the final lap as Mercedes kept third and fourth place with Verstappen held back in fifth due only to his own doing.

The first-lap scrum miraculously claimed just Red Bull's Ricciardo, the irate Australian retiring with a puncture; luckily his sideways RB13 wasn't collected by an oncoming car after Turn 3.

Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty on lap seven for that incident. Not only did the Red Bulls collide, the Force Indias came together (albeit more lightly) and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean had their own tiff as well; investigations yielded no punishment.

The Safety Car was then deployed for a brief clean-up. In the opening melee, Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr had made it from ninth to sixth while Sergio Perez made it from 13th to eighth place.

The race restarted on lap five as Vettel led the way. Behind him, Hamilton and Verstappen duelled wheel-to-wheel while Sainz and Fernando Alonso had a similar scrap but no overtakes stuck.

Alonso pitted at the same time as Sainz - on lap 36 - and Alonso swept past through Turn 2 on the following lap for a season-high finish of sixth place. He also set the fastest race lap very late on in a stunning performance for McLaren on his birthday weekend.

The Force India duo of Perez and Ocon finished eighth and ninth, respectively while Stoffel Vandoorne made it a double-points finish for McLaren having finished tenth, ahead of Haas' Kevin Magnussen.

Paul di Resta's shock return to F1 in the absence of Felipe Massa resulted in a DNF as his Williams was retired on lap 63 with an oil leak. He was one of two drivers, including Daniil Kvyat (who finished 12th) to start the race on soft tyres.

Hulkenberg retired very late on with a problem in his Renault leaving Jolyon Palmer to finish 13th, ahead of Lance Stroll. Before that, Hulkenberg had been pushed off the track through Turn 2 in an attempt to overtake Haas' Magnussen and the two exchanged choice words post-race.

Haas' Romain Grosjean retired on lap 22 as a slow puncture led him to pit and he was released from the stop with a loose wheel-nut, pulling him to a stop on the out-lap.

The Sauber pair, fronted by Pascal Wehrlein, rounded out the rear of the standings in 15th and 16th.

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2017 Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Results:

POSITION

DRIVER

CAR

GAP

1

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1h39m46.713s

2

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

0.908s

3

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

12.462s

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

12.885s

5

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

13.276s

6

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

1m11.223s

7

Carlos Sainz Jr

Toro Rosso

1 Lap

8

Sergio Perez

Force India

1 Lap

9

Esteban Ocon

Force India

1 Lap

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren

1 Lap

11

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1 Lap

12

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

1 Lap

13

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1 Lap

14

Lance Stroll

Williams

1 Lap

15

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber

2 Laps

16

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

2 Laps

-

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Retirement

-

Paul di Resta

Williams

Retirement

-

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

Retirement

-

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

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