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Esteban Ocon claims unlikely win at chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix

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Changeable weather and a chaotic start to the Hungarian Grand Prix, paved the way for Esteban Ocon to claim his maiden career win in the Alpine.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas was the source of most of the carnage as he rear-ended the McLaren of Lando Norris after the Briton had flown past him on the grid. Having connected with Norris, Bottas, would slam into Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and make contact with Max Verstappen who saw his car severely damaged when Norris’ rudderless vehicle pushed him off the track.

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Esteban Ocon claims unlikely win

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was also taken out in a second incident at the start which meant four cars were out when the race was red flagged.

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An early stop by Mercedes saw Lewis Hamilton drop down the field but the reigning world champion fought his way back through the field to claim third in an action-packed race.

Ocon, who cruised through the early carnage, drove well to ensure he capitalised on the mistakes and accidents, holding off a challenge from Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, who took second.

“What a moment! It feels so good!,” said Ocon. 

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“It’s fantastic, what can I say? Congrats to Fernando (Alonso) as well, I think the win is also thanks to him with the fight that he did. 

“It’s teamwork, it’s been a fantastic day!”

Verstappen eventually finished 10th, leaving Hamilton to take a six-point lead in the championship.

Hungarian Grand Prix results

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 70 2:04:43.199 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 70 +1.859s 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 70 +2.736s 15
4 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 70 +15.018s 12
5 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 70 +15.651s 10
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 70 +63.614s 9
7 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 70 +75.803s 6
8 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 70 +77.910s 4
9 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 70 +79.094s 2
10 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 70 +80.244s 1
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 69 +1 lap
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 69 +1 lap
13 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 69 +1 lap
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 69 +1 lap
NC 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 3 DNF
NC 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 2 DNF
NC 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES DNF
NC 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA DNF
NC 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI DNF
NC 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES DNF
F1.com

* Provisional results. Note – Gasly scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

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