Driver And Team Ratings - 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix

It was Esteban Ocon who took the race win in Hungary for Alpine's first victory under their new brand, followed closely by Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. However, the race was marred by chaos early on which impacted the race indefinitely.

Mercedes - 7/10

A tale of two halves of the garage for Mercedes in Hungary, with mixed fortunes for both drivers. Valtteri Bottas was the catalyst for the first lap drama and could consider himself lucky for only getting a five-place grid penalty for the Belgian GP next time out. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton managed to salvage a podium from what began as a troubling Sunday afternoon, as the team made some strange calls following the restart. The only saving grace is that they have extended their points led at the top of the championship going into the summer break.

Lewis Hamilton - 7/10

Valtteri Bottas - 2/10

Red Bull - 5/10

This weekend will probably go down as one of the worst in Red Bull's history, for reasons totally out of their control. Sergio Perez was one of those caught up in the early altercation, not seeing his race go further than turn one. Max Verstappen was also caught up in the mishap, but with the might of the mechanics, they managed to give him a car that could salvage only a point. Put this together with a strange call to pit the Dutchman when they did, it was a less than favorable outcome for the team, compiling their misery from Silverstone last time out.

Max Verstappen - 5/10

Sergio Perez - N/A

McLaren - 5/10

In a very similar fashion to Red Bull, McLaren fell victim to the same fate as the Austrian team, with both drivers being impacted in the two accidents that took place. Lando Norris was the victim of Bottas and subsequently was punted into the cars ahead of him after a brilliant start, managing to get into third place before the first corner. Daniel Ricciardo fell victim to the Leclerc-Stroll incident and limped around the 70 laps with a distinct lack of pace, lingering outside of the points on a day where if the car was unscathed, he could have fought for the win.

Lando Norris - N/A

Daniel Ricciardo - 5/10

Ferrari - 7/10

Yet another team who was heavily impacted by the race start. Charles Leclerc was struck in the right sidepod by the aquaplaning Stroll, leaving him stricken at the exit of turn one before any real racing could take place. Whereas Carlos Sainz actually benefitted from his poor qualifying on Saturday and managed to stay out of trouble for the whole race, picking up a respectable fourth-place finish. The Spaniard showed real maturity for his age, calling the shots throughout the whole 70 laps.

Charles Leclerc - N/A

Carlos Sainz - 8/10

Aston Martin - 9/10

Sebastian Vettel managed to do exactly what Aston Martin bought him in to do, get results in crazy races. The German sat behind the eventual winner for Ocon for what must have been 90% of the race, with the large majority of that being within a second of the Frenchman in what was an amazing race for the team in the 11th race of their lifespan. However, Lance Stroll was at fault for one of the accidents at the start, in a similar fashion to Bottas losing the car under braking and crushing the side of the Ferrari of Leclerc. However, with Seb's result, I don't think that will be focused on too much for now, despite the Canadian picking up the same penalty as Bottas for the incident.

Sebastian Vettel - 9/10

Lance Stroll - 2/10

Alpine - 10/10

A flawless race for the Endstone outfit, from start to finish it was one that the team will never forget. Esteban Ocon will get praise for the race win, as he should, with a commanding performance from the restart. However, there is no doubt that Fernando Alonso should get a massive amount of praise too, as the veteran Spaniard played a vital part in holding off the charging Hamilton with some great defensive driving and finishing in a decent fifth place. There is very little else to analyze for Alpine, they will be looking to continues the rejuvenated form after the break.

Esteban Ocon - 10/10

Fernando Alonso - 10/10

Alpha Tauri - 7/10

In such a chaotic race, the Alpha Tauri duo of Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda stayed relatively under the radar, nailing all the marks they needed to get double points finish, which will prove vital to reel in the teams ahead of them. Early on Tsunoda showed some pace, but fell back into the midfield battle, meanwhile Gasly was towards the rear of the points from the get-go. The Frenchman picked up an extra point too, pitting for soft tires on the second last lap to set the fastest lap of the race.

Pierre Gasly - 7/10

Yuki Tsunoda - 7/10

Alfa Romeo Sauber - 4/10

Fortunately for Alfa Romeo, their discrepancies were marred by events elsewhere on the track, as it was a less than productive race for the Swiss team. Both drivers were slapped with penalties in the first half of the race, both for pitlane infringements. Antonio Giovinazzi was caught speeding in the pitlane during the restart, whereas Kimi Raikkonen caught a penalty for an unsafe release causing the retirement of Mazepin as a result.

Kimi Raikkonen - 4/10

Antonio Giovinazzi - 4/10

Williams - 10/10

Double points finish for Williams, making up for years of hard work for an outfit that has had a troubled time as of late. Both Nicholas Latifi and George Russell put in great performances to secure the result, with them getting lucky to a degree, however capitalizing perfectly. Russell managed to jump the pitlane queue on the race restart, however, he was forced to give the places back. Meanwhile, Latifi was solid out front, placing in the top three early on but falling back later on. A brilliant result for the Grove team.

Geroge Russell - 8/10

Nicholas Latifi- 9/10

Haas - 7/10

A decent race for the American team, despite having the weakest car by quite some margin. Nikita Mazepin's race came to an early end thanks to the unsafe release from Alfa Romeo, however, Mick Schumacher's performance was indicative of a future title challenger. The German made his car as wide as possible for a large majority of the race and took the fight to some much faster cars such as the McLaren and the Williams.

Mick Schumacher - 8/10

Nikita Mazepin - N/A