Max Verstappen dominates, Ferrari darkness

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Formula 1, Hungarian GP

Seventh consecutive victory for Max Verstappen, who also took the Hungarian Grand Prix, where, moreover, he had already won last year.

The reigning world champion, more and more launched toward his third straight world title, took advantage of a mistake at the start by Lewis Hamilton, who took off from pole position with the handbrake on. In addition to his lifelong rival, the Englishman was also overtaken by the two McLarens of Piastri and Norris, who stayed in the race leader’s wake for a long time. Their early stops, however, then left the way clear for the announced protagonist of the weekend.

Demonstrating Red Bull’s superiority, Sergio Perez staged a slow but inexorable comeback that allowed him to still finish on the podium, behind Norrisi but ahead not only of Piastri but also of a Lewis Hamilton still aggrieved by the nightmarish start.

A separate chapter, in every sense, for the Ferraris, never in contention for the top positions. Carlos Sainz, who started on red tires, tried to do something more but eventually finished behind Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque, due to a five-second penalty, crossed the finish line ahead of George Russell’s second Mercedes, but in the finishing order he had to settle for seventh place.

Completing the Top 10 were the two Aston Martins of Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll, who managed to do worse than the two Reds.

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