Spares Box Auto Parts Presents: The Weekend Motorsport Wrap Up – A Fitting End to a Sombre Weekend.
Before we go anywhere, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who made Sunday’s Hungarian GP what it was. The drivers, the teams, the crews – they all lost a brother, a comrade, a colleague, and in some cases a teammate in the last week when Jules Bianchi passed away. Nonetheless, they came together to not only provide a spectacle for the fans, but possibly the best race we’ve seen in the Mercedes-dominance era.
Today was a display of incredible spirit all round from a sport that too many people now claim is devoid of it. Hopefully this has proved a lot of people wrong.
It’s just the way Jules would have wanted it.
Back to the good old days
The race that prevailed at the Hungaroring was nothing short of spectacular, and had everything you could want from a modern F1 race. McLaren scored in the points, a German in a Ferrari won a race to create a podium that would have given early 2000s fans PTSD-esque flashbacks, a 17-year-old romped home to fourth place, and just about everyone else spent most of the race kamikaze-ing into each other.
The list of incidents that occurred during the race is almost too large to describe. The race earned the Pastor Maldonado seal of approval after he racked up his record fourth drive-through penalty in a single race (for speeding in the pit lane while serving his third). Nico Hulkenberg, who once again was driving a great race for Force India, suffered a catastrophic failure of his front wing, leaving him helpless as it disintegrated underneath him and left him to careen into the barriers at the first turn.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton stepped into what we thought was his car but actually turned out to be a time machine back to 2008, such were the wild mistakes he made while trying to overtake both Rosberg and Ricciardo. Earning himself a drive-through penalty in the first, Kimi Raikkonen, who was on course for his best finish of the season in a comfortable second, suffered typical Kimi Raikkonen bad luck when one of his energy recovery motors failed.
In what was possibly the most important moment of the race, Daniel Ricciardo attempted to overtake third-placed Nico Rosberg, diving down the inside lane. Rosberg, in his over-eagerness to shut it down, brought his rear wheel into contact with Ricciardo’s front wing, and the rest was history. Ricciardo, after a quick front wing change, managed to salvage his third-place finish, while Rosberg was left to limp his punctured Mercedes back to the pits for a tyre change, eventually finishing eighth.
Fortune favoured anyone who could avoid the carnage. Namely, Sebastian Vettel, who despite being too far ahead to really find himself troubled by most of the incidents, drove a supreme race to take his maiden win at Hungary. The Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat (who described his car as undriveable at the start) and Daniel Ricciardo made up the podium spots, while young Max Verstappen continued his amazing debut season with a fourth-place finish.
As Vettel said on the radio after his win, this one was for Jules, someone he firmly believed would have been part of the Ferrari family eventually. We can only hope he enjoyed the weekend of motorsport that prevailed.
And now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
Our crash of the week has to go to one of the scarier crashes I’ve seen this season, as Nico Hulkenberg’s race literally disintegrates underneath him.