F1 2017: Hungarian Grand Prix Race Recap

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Sebastian Vettel won the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, fighting a steering issue and pressure from teammate Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages. Raikkonen hoped to be allowed into the race lead as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton caught up the Ferraris in the final twenty laps. Though they finished third and fourth, Bottas gave up his position to the slightly faster Hamilton in an effort to pressure the Ferraris. Hamilton, as he offered to do, allowed Bottas back through on the final lap.

The race started cleanly, until fifth-place finisher Max Verstappen locked up and forced teammate Daniel Ricciardo into a spin and retirement and brought out the Safety Car. Verstappen received a ten second time penalty for his contact. Watching timing and scoring marked the excitement for much of the race, though Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz periodically made things interesting. The back of the field often came together spectacularly. Both McLarens both finished and scored points, with Alonso managing the race fast lap on the final lap.

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F1 2017: British Grand Prix Race Recap

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Lewis Hamilton won the 2017 British Grand Prix from lights to flag, despite a Safety Car very early and the consistent threat of rain. He led a Mercedes 1-2, with Valtteri Bottas charging through the field to third. Bottas gained second in the final laps as Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari forced him into the pits with a left front tire issue. He finished third, with Max Verstappen fourth. Verstappen also pitted in the final moments, saving position as the Ferraris disintegrated. Daniel Ricciardo gave a masterclass on moving through the field, starting nineteenth and finishing in fifth place, going around the outside, inside, and wherever possible to make up places.

Though the race felt like it ended in chaos, multiple scraps throughout the field and throughout the race kept things interesting for an hour and a half. Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz came together on L1, bringing out the SC, ending Sainz’s day, and giving Kvyat a drive-through penalty. Bottas had a gorgeous scrap in the last ten laps with Vettel, who dropped to seventh after a probable fourth fell apart along with his left front tire. Despite the final failure, Vettel kept the championship lead by one point.

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