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Vettel wins breathless Hungarian GP

Sky Sports logo Sky Sports 26-07-2015
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Sebastian Vettel won a breathless Hungarian GP on Sunday after keeping his cool when just about everyone else lost theirs. 

The Ferrari driver took his second win of the season after making a fine start and holding on to it. But there were chaotic scenes behind the German, both at the start and towards the end of the 69-lap race.

Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo eventually finished second and third, with the Australian claiming a podium place despite collisions with both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The coming together with Hamilton occurred during a re-start on lap 49, six laps after a crash involving Nico Hulkenberg - the Force India driver's car having lost its front wing on the start-finish straight - brought out the Safety Car.

Hulkenberg swiftly extracted himself from his car at Turn 1 and the same corner was the setting for the drama that followed. Running fifth behind Hamilton at the re-start, Ricciardo challenged the world champion under braking but was forced out wide.

Hamilton was forced to pit for a new front wing and was also handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, which came as he looked to make up for a poor opening lap.

Starting from pole position, Hamilton dropped to fourth at the first corner as the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen got the jump on the Silver Arrows. They ran four abreast into the first corner, with the scarlet cars emerging in front.

Then at the Turn 7/8 chicane, Hamilton tried to pass Rosberg for third. Instead, he was forced to take evasive action, running into a gravel trap and dropping to 10th.

Climbing back through the field as cars made their opening stops, Hamilton was back up to fourth place when he passed Ricciardo on lap 29.

At that point it looked like tyre strategy would decide the battle between the Mercedes cars, with Hamilton closing on Rosberg in third despite running slower medium tyres.

Rosberg, in turn, would have hoped that using the faster soft tyre in the closing stint would help him. The problems encountered by Raikkonen certainly did, with the Finn losing his car's MGU-K on lap 41 and retiring 14 laps later.

By that stage, though, tactical nuances were an irrelevance. Hulkenberg's shunt bunched the field up and breathless excitement was to follow - not to mention quite a few headaches for the race stewards.

With Vettel leading a bunched field headed by a handicapped Raikkonen, both Mercedes drivers were told they could still win. Instead, Hamilton dropped back after his collision with Ricciardo and although the latter was still able to join Rosberg in his pursuit of Vettel, Red Bull and Mercedes collided - once more at Turn 1 - on lap 64.

The stewards took no further action this time, but Kvyat suddenly found himself second ahead of Ricciardo, who was forced to pit for a new front wing. Rosberg was forced to visit the pits as well after picking up a puncture.

That promoted Max Verstappen to fourth, with Fernando Alonso, Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Rosberg, Jenson Button and Marcus Ericsson completing the top 10.

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