2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix highlights

large-2022 Hungarian Grand Prix – Thursday


Max Verstappen won the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix from P10 with pitch-perfect execution of Red Bull’s strategy, while Lewis Hamilton finished second ahead of his pole-sitting Mercedes teammate George Russell.

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Russell led on soft tyres and pitted on Lap 15, soft-shod Verstappen pitting from P5 a lap later to force Carlos Sainz to pit from the lead. Charles Leclerc meanwhile stayed out 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 issue with a second stop for mediums on Lap 39.

Crucially, with that stop, Verstappen had pulled off an undercut on Sainz and had an advantage on Leclerc too, the Monegasque starting on mediums to swap for the same compound after a long first stint – and from the lead pitting from hard tyres well after Verstappen. The Dutchman cleared his rival with ease soon after that and it became clear that hard tyres weren’t the answer; Leclerc fell to P6 as he switched again for softs while Verstappen won by 7.8s.

And that was despite a 360-degree spin that almost cost Verstappen at the final corner and forced him to make another overtake on Leclerc.

Hamilton started seventh on mediums, cleared the Alpines, pitted for mediums and stayed out long to ensure he could finish the race on softs, which ensured he could pass the likes of Sainz and then Russell to finish second.

Having started on pole, Russell couldn’t convert that to a win, his soft-medium-medium strategy seeing him end up third ahead of Sainz, who was cost by slow pit stops to finish fourth behind the Mercedes. Sainz still held off Sergio Perez by a second, while Leclerc couldn’t use his soft tyres to pass Perez and ended up sixth behind the Red Bull on another disappointing day for the Scuderia.

Lando Norris beat the Alpines to seventh, while Fernando Alonso finished P8 at the expense of teammate Esteban Ocon. Sebastian Vettel scrapped with Lance Stroll to lead his Canadian teammate for P10.

Pierre Gasly took P12, comfortably ahead of 13th-place Zhou Guanyu. Mick Schumacher was next, while Daniel Ricciardo could only manage 15th thanks to a five-second penalty ahead of the other Haas of Kevin Magnussen – who was involved in a minor collision early on.

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

Valtteri Bottas stopped five laps from the end to bring out a Virtual Safety Car and a last-place classification for the Alfa Romeo.

Mario Isola – Motorsport Director, Pirelli:

I’m thrilled for the hundreds of thousands of spectators who came to the track and all the other fans around the world who saw three teams in a close fight for victory for the first time this season. This is a win for everyone in Formula 1, and it was also great to see around 10 different tyre strategies during the race – with every compound used – which all played their part in delivering an exciting and spectacular Grand Prix, just as we have seen all year so far. Budapest now marks the beginning of the summer break, but not straight away for us: on Tuesday and Wednesday we stay here at the Hungaroring to continue our 2023 testing programme. It’s the final push before the holidays, which we will tackle safe in the knowledge of all the work that has been carried out thanks to the efforts of everyone at Pirelli: both present on the track, and back at base in Milan.

How the compounds made a difference:

2022 Formula 1 Hungarian GP


2022 Formula 1 Hungarian GP Race Results

1.1Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull Racing Honda1:39:35.91225258
2.44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+7.834s19146
3.63George RussellGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+12.337s15153
4.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia Ferrari+14.579s12156
5.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing Honda+15.688s10173
6.16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia Ferrari+16.047s8178
7.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+78.300s676
8.14Fernando AlonsoSpainAlpine F1 Team+1 lap441
9.31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 Team+1 lap258
10.5Sebastian VettelGermanyAston Martin F1 Team+1 lap116
11.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 Team+1 lap04
12.10Pierre GaslyFranceScuderia AlphaTauri+1 lap016
13.24Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa Romeo F1 Team+1 lap05
14.47Mick SchumacherGermanyHaas F1 Team+1 lap012
15.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaMcLaren Racing+1 lap019
16.20Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaas F1 Team+1 lap022
17.23Alexander AlbonThailandWilliams Racing+1 lap03
18.6Nicholas LatifiCanadaWilliams Racing+1 lap00
19.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+2 laps011
14.77Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 TeamDNF046

2022 Constructor Standings

1.Red Bull Racing759
1.Scuderia Ferrari554
3.Mercedes-AMG F1 Team515
4.Alpine F1 Team173
5.McLaren Racing159
6.Alfa Romeo Racing55
7.Aston Martin F1 Team55
8.Haas F1 Team37
9.Scuderia AlphaTauri35
10.Williams Racing8

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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