Max Verstappen delivered a remarkable performance to win the 2022 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th place and extend his lead in the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship chase as Oracle Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Pérez finished fifth.
After a qualifying session that saw him limited to 10th place on the grid after suffering power issues, Verstappen produced an immense display to power through the field in tricky conditions and take the win over Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Not even a big mid-race spin could slow Verstappen as he took his first-ever win at the Hungaroring and his eighth victory from 13 races so far this season.
With main title rival Charles Leclerc finishing down in sixth place, Verstappen was able to extend his lead over the Ferrari driver to a sizeable 80 points heading into the mid-season break.
Starting one place behind Verstappen in 11th, Pérez also drove a strong passing race to finish in fifth and now sits only three points behind Leclerc for second in the Drivers’ Standings
It feels crazy to have won the race today from P10, especially on a track like this where it’s very hard to pass. We made all the right calls today, there were some good undercuts and overall we did a great job today as a team. This was definitely one of my best races, despite the little 360-degree spin! I’m thrilled with the lead that we have, but, of course, we have to keep pushing and win more races.
It’s good to go into the summer break strongly. After qualifying, it was looking like it could have been a poor weekend for us, but we recovered some good points and it was great fun to have the Mercedes and Ferraris racing up there with us. It was quite a tricky race, particularly towards the end, when the conditions changed and especially during the virtual safety car, which meant everyone got cold tyres. Overall, we were a little unlucky with the VSC because we were potentially going to get Carlos and George and I felt we would have got a lot closer to them towards the end. I felt a lot stronger in the final stint and with a few more laps I think I could have been on the podium with Max. It was a great race, though, and very fun at times. It was a fantastic recovery for the team today, and it was great to see Max get the win.
Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO
It was a fantastic race today. Everyone put in a top performance. Max was exceptional, even adding a little spin to his race as if coming back from 10th wasn’t hard enough. Equally, Checo had a brilliant race and I believe if it hadn’t been for the VSC he would have podiumed. Strategy played a big part in our victory. We were due to start on the hard tyre but switched things up because of the ambient conditions. This win gives us a healthy lead going into the break, but there are still areas to improve on. Ferraris are still quick and Mercedes are coming back, as you saw today. There is plenty more still to come.