2022 Hungarian Grand Prix report and highlights: Verstappen recovers from P10 to take Hungarian GP win as Mercedes secure double podium

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Max Verstappen won the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th place with a perfect execution of Red Bull’s strategy, while Lewis Hamilton finished second ahead of pole-positioned Mercedes team-mate George Russell.

Russell led on soft tires and stopped on lap 15, with soft-tyre Verstappen exiting P5 a lap later to force Carlos Sainz from the lead. Meanwhile Charles Leclerc stayed in the lead, extending his first stint until lap 22. Russell led again but was passed by Sainz on lap 31. So from P4 Verstappen forced the problem with a second stop for mediums at turn 39.

Basically, with that save, Verstappen had made a clearance over Sainz and also had an advantage over Leclerc, with the Monegasque starting on mediums to trade for the same compound after a long first stint – and from heading to hard tire punctures long after. Verstappen. The Dutchman easily cleared his rival soon after and it became clear that hard tires were not the answer. Leclerc drops to P6 as he goes for softs again while Verstappen wins by 7.8 seconds.

And this despite a 360 degree spin that almost cost Verstappen in the final corner and forced him to make another pass on Leclerc.

Hamilton started seventh on the mediums, got through the Alpines, ran into the mediums and stayed out for a long time to make sure he could finish the race on the softs, which allowed him to pass Sainz then Russell to finish second.

Starting on pole, Russell was unable to convert that into victory, his soft-medium-medium strategy seeing him finish third ahead of Sainz, who was costed by slow pit stops to finish fourth behind the Mercedes. Sainz still held Sergio Perez back by a second, while Leclerc couldn’t use his soft tires to overtake Perez and found themselves sixth behind Red Bull on another disappointing day for the Scuderia.

Lando Norris beat the Alpines to seventh place, while Fernando Alonso finished P8 at the expense of team-mate Esteban Ocon. Sebastian Vettel dropped Lance Stroll to lead his Canadian teammate to 10th place.

Pierre Gasly took 12th place, comfortably ahead of 13th-placed Zhou Guanyu. Mick Schumacher was next, while Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 15th thanks to a five-second penalty past Kevin Magnussen’s fellow Haas – who was involved in a minor collision early on.

Williams was next, with Alex Albon finishing ahead of Nicholas Latifi in P17 and P18 respectively, while a rotation saw Yuki Tsunoda finish 19th and last for AlphaTauri.

Valtteri Bottas stopped with five laps remaining to pull out a Virtual Safety Car and a last-place finish for the Alfa Romeo.

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