Hungarian GP: Raikkonen denied as Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2

Sebastian Vettel took his fourth win of the season, as Kimi Raikkonen was not allowed past as the German had steering issues. Valtteri Bottas third and Lewis Hamilton fourth. Both McLaren’s in points, as Fernando Alonso sets fastest lap.

Hungarian GP: Raikkonen denied as Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2
Vettel was struggling with a steering issue, but Raikkonen was unable to pass. (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel took his fourth win of the Formula 1 season for Ferrari in the Hungarian Grand Prix to increase his championship lead after Kimi Raikkonen was not able to pass his struggling team-mate.

Vettel was suffering a steering wheel issue and was being caught by Raikkonen as the two Mercedes drivers reeled them in after the sole pit-stops.

Lewis Hamilton was attacking Raikkonen, but after only getting DRS, he fell back to allow team-mate Valtteri Bottas to take his 17th podium, after a team agreement.

Max Verstappen was fifth, after taking a 10 second penalty for crashing into Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap with Fernando Alonso claiming McLaren’s best result of the season in sixth. He also set fastest lap.

Carlos Sainz Jr, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the point paying positions.

Verstappen takes out Ricciardo

At lights out, Raikkonen got the initial better getaway, but Vettel covered him off as Hamilton fell back to sixth, and Verstappen was pushed out wide by Bottas.

At Turn 2, Verstappen locked up and understeered into Ricciardo, eliminating his team-mate , after he spun going up the hill, trying to limp home.

Max Verstappen locked up and hit team-mate Daniel Ricciardp, causing the Australian to retire. (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Max Verstappen locked up and hit team-mate Daniel Ricciardp, causing the Australian to retire. (Image Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The safety car was called for and after five laps, was withdrawn at the end of lap five.

When the race was resumed, the two Ferrari’s began to ease away from the pack, with Vettel enjoying a six second gap to Bottas in third, with Verstappen and Hamilton close behind.

However, as the race headed toward the stops, Vettel’s steering was leaning to the left, as Raikkonen began to show superior pace to the German.

Bottas was the first of the leaders to pit on Lap 31, with Hamilton doing the same next time around, the Brit emerging in fifth place.

On Lap 33, it was Vettel who came in with a 3.5 second stop, on the next lap, it was Raikkonen who pitted, as the German came out just ahead of his team-mate.

Vettel cork in the bottle

After the stops, the Mercedes duo began to reel in the two leaders, as Vettel’s pace was far slower than the cars around him.

Verstappen was leading, but with his penalty was not a feature, until after his stop.

On lap 46, Mercedes waved Hamilton through on Bottas, with both cars suffering from radio issues and the Brit was given five laps to try and make a move on Raikkonen.

He failed to do this, as Vettel’s problem was minimalised, allowing the German to take a 46th Formula 1 win, to extend his lead to 14 points over Hamilton.

Mercedes swapped Hamilton and Bottas back on the final lap, honouring the agreement, allowing the Finn to take third, with Verstappen hot on his heels.

Alonso stars

In McLaren’s most competitive showing of the season, Alonso was a strong sixth, after a brief, feisty battle with Sainz, and even set fastest lap late on.

Sainz himself came home seventh for Toro Rosso, as the two Force India’s scored good points with Perez and Ocon in eighth and ninth.

Vandoorne scored his first point of the season in 10th, allowing McLaren to haul nine points in the race, quadrupling their season total in one race.

Magnussen vs Hulkenberg

Throughout the race, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg were battling, and the Haas driver was given a five second penalty for pushing the Renault out wide at Turn 2 late on.

The German then retired with a car problem, as Magnussen dropped behind Danill Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer as a result of his penanlty.

Lance Stroll was 14th for Williams, with Pascal Wehrlein beating Sauber team-mate Marcus Ericsson to the proverbial wooden spoon for last.

Retirements

Hulkenberg retired with a car problem, as did Williams sub Paul di Resta, who was running in 18th place.

Romain Grosjean, after a slow puncture was unsafely released by the Haas team with a crossed wheel-nut. On his out-lap, he was told to stop the car, doing so at Turn 8.

The team were fined €5,000 for the unsafe release.

Ricciardo was the other non-finisher, the Australian extremely angry with team-mate Verstappen for taking him out on the opening lap.

2017 Hungarian Grand Prix - Provisional Classification

Position Driver Team Time/Gap Points
1st Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:39:46.713 25
2nd Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +0.908s 18
3rd Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +12.462s 15
4th Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +12.885s 12
5th Max Verstappen Red Bull +13.276s 10
6th Fernando Alonso McLaren +1:11.223s 8
7th Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso +1 lap 6
8th Sergio Perez Force India +1 lap 4
9th Esteban Ocon Force India  +1 lap 2
10th Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +1 lap 1
11th Danill Kvyat Toro Rossoo +1 lap 0
12th Jolyon Palmer Renault +1 lap 0
13th Kevin Magnussen Haas +1 lap 0
14th Lance Stroll Williams +1 lap 0
15th Pascal Wehrlein Sauber +2 laps 0
16th Marcus Ericsson Sauber +2 laps 0
DNF Nico Hulkenberg Renault Mechanical 0
DNF Paul di Resta Williams Mechanical 0
DNF Romain Grosjean Haas Wheel nut 0
DNF Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Collision damage 0