Hungarian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen takes stunning victory from way down in 10th

Max Verstappen takes a stunning Hungarian GP victory from way down in 10th on the grid as Lewis Hamilton’s flying finish sees him overtake his Mercedes team-mate George Russell and grab second

  • Max Verstappen managed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix after he started the race in tenth place
  • Lewis Hamilton also started down the grid but finished second ahead of his team-mate George Russell
  • Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jnr finished in third place with Sergio Perez of Red Bull finishing in fourth
  • Charles Leclerc finished fourth and was hammered by Ferrari’s decision to move him on to hard tires

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Max Verstappen won the Hungarian Grand Prix in stunning style after Ferrari again conspired to nobble themselves with a bizarre strategy call.

Lewis Hamilton finished second and George Russell third.

The red cars had looked to be in total command of dates once Charles Leclerc managed to end Russell’s manful resistance on lap 30 of 70.

Max Verstappen managed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix despite having started the race in tenth position

Verstappen had a problem in qualifying on Saturday but he was able to secure glory in Hungary on Sunday

Verstappen had a problem in qualifying on Saturday but he was able to secure glory in Hungary on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton produced a brilliant drive in Hungary and finished in second place after starting the race in seventh

Lewis Hamilton produced a brilliant drive in Hungary and finished in second place after starting the race in seventh

Leclerc made his move stick on the outside of the opening corner, his car faster than the Mercedes, and then braked bravely late to romp into the lead to big cheers from the largest crowd ever to fill the Hungaroring – 290,000 over the weekend.

But Ferrari decided to move him on to hard tires next. That rubber was woefully slow. And he was soon gobbled by Verstappen, who had started 10th after a problem in qualifying, on lap 40.

George Russell achieved his first ever pole position but he ended up finishing in third place at the Hungaroring

George Russell achieved his first ever pole position but he ended up finishing in third place at the Hungaroring

Verstappen (second from left),, Hamilton (L), George Russell (R) and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing (second from right) on the podium

Verstappen (second from left),, Hamilton (L), George Russell (R) and Adrian Newey, the Chief Technical Officer of Red Bull Racing (second from right) on the podium

Charles Leclerc finished sixth, with Ferrari's decision to move him onto hard tires not helping his cause

Charles Leclerc finished sixth, with Ferrari’s decision to move him onto hard tires not helping his cause

Carlos Sainz finished fourth in the other Ferrari and there will be questions raised regarding the team's strategy in this race

Carlos Sainz finished fourth in the other Ferrari and there will be questions raised regarding the team’s strategy in this race

Mattia Binoto, the Ferrari Team Principal, must be sweating for his position following mistakes made by his team

Mattia Binoto, the Ferrari Team Principal, must be sweating for his position following mistakes made by his team

The Dutchman then spun – perhaps a victim of spits and spots of rain. He briefly surrendered his lead to Leclerc but simply made another overtake on Leclerc and roared off to victory, extending his championship advantage to 80 points, which is more than three wins’ worth with nine races remaining.

Leclerc finished a barely credible sixth.

Inquests will be held at Ferrari, where they are losing their heads going into the summer break. Pirelli, the tire suppliers, had not even mentioned the medium-medium-hard strategy Ferrari had freelanced.

Boss Mattia Binotto must be sweating for his position. Carlos Sainz, in the other Ferrari, finished fourth.

Hamilton, who started seventh, drove a brilliant recover. Fast all afternoon, he made his telling final moves past Saiinz on lap 63 and then Russell two laps later. Hamilton was helped by being on soft tires at the end. It was a good performance by all concerned at Mercedes.

Recap as Sportsmail’s provided live coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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