George Russell Tears Up as Williams Score Double Points at Hungarian Grand Prix
The extraordinary result gave the British constructor six points, while Esteban Ocon scores his first win for Alpine.
Valterri Bottas was the driving force behind the Turn 1 crash, getting his braking wrong and running into the back of Lando Norris’ Mclaren. Norris collected Red Bulls’ Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez as he slid across the road.
Around the second Turn 1, Lance Stroll went into the grass on the inside coming into Charles Leclerc. This caused Stroll to break his left-front against the Ferrari, who managed to collide with Daniel Ricciardo.
Under a safety car, Red Bull brought Verstappen into the pits while Perez stopped between Turns 11 and 12 due to heavy smoke coming from his car. Both Perez and Norris retired as a result from the damage inflicted from Bottas. Nikita Mazepin also retired after Kimi Raikkonen collided with him in the pits. This meant six racers were out of the Hungarian Grand Prix - Bottas, Norris, Perez, Stroll, Leclerc, and now Mazepin.
Once the race restarted, Hamilton stood alone at the standing start while the drivers came in to swap their intermediates for medium slick tyres. At the end of lap four, Hamilton came into pit giving Ocon the lead over the race while he tumbled to the back of the pack. Hamilton would eventually find himself back in the front after setting an intense pace.
Ocon showed a superb drive, holding his position for almost all 70 laps at the Hungaroring, with intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel.
With the possibility of a double points finish, George Russel radioed the team: “If you need to compromise my race to help Nicky, do it. Prioritize Nicky.” The Williams drivers would find themselves finishing in P8 and P9.
Latifi and Russell held on to their positions, as Verstappen did his best to pass Russell. Verstappen managed to finish P10, taking home 1 point.
It was a victory for Williams, who have failed to score points since the 2019 Hockenheim Grand Prix.
Latifi also scored his first points in F1, while Russell finally brought home his first points as a driver for Williams.
Speaking to Duna elo TV after the race, George Russell became emotional as he spoke about how much a P9 result means to the Williams team and himself.
Esteban Ocon claimed victory, with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton finishing in 2nd and 3rd place. It is the first win for Alpine, after rebranding from Renault. Fernando Alonso, who brilliantly helped defend Ocon’s race lead finished in 5th place, his best result of 2021.
Sebastian Vettel took his 2nd podium for Aston Martin, and Lewis’ 3rd place result has pushed Mercedes in the world championship lead since before the Monaco Grand Prix.
Bottas was handed a five-place grid penalty for the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix after the summer break for causing the crash on the opening lap.