BUDAPEST, Hungary — Frenchman Esteban Ocon received a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday whereas an exhausted Lewis Hamilton completed third to take the Components One championship lead from Max Verstappen by six factors heading into the midseason break.
Hamilton wanted a verify from the Mercedes staff physician after the race.
“Had actually massive dizziness and all the pieces acquired a bit blurry,” he stated. “I’ve been combating all 12 months actually with the well being, staying wholesome after what occurred on the finish of final 12 months (with coronavirus).”
Verstappen positioned tenth after being taken out early within the race by Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in a first-lap crash that brought about him and 4 others to retire.
It was solely the 24-year-old Ocon’s second podium, following a second-place end on the Sakhir GP in Bahrain late final 12 months.
The Alpine driver completed forward of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. fourth forward of Ocon’s teammate Fernando Alonso.
“What a second, feels so good,” Ocon stated, patting his coronary heart.
The crash within the rain was brought on by Bottas, who retired consequently.
The race restarted in absurd vogue with solely Hamilton on the grid, whereas others have been altering their tires as a result of the observe had dried. Hamilton did the identical a lap later and got here out in final place, a few spots behind Verstappen.
However a intelligent second tire change by Mercedes for arduous tires on Lap 20 outwitted Crimson Bull and Hamilton moved forward of Verstappen after he got here in for brand new tires.
With 30 laps to go, the highest 4 was Ocon-Vettel-Sainz Jr.-Hamilton.
To present Hamilton a shot at victory, Mercedes made a 3rd tire change with somewhat greater than 20 laps remaining.
However he needed to get forward of the 40-year-old Alonso first, a driver with 32 wins and 97 podiums, and among the many most proficient of his era.
Alonso held off a primary assault on Lap 55 and blocked him two extra occasions on Lap 57 with stellar defending on the within.
Alonso’s nous was sufficient to repel two extra assaults.
“He’s considered one of hardest drivers however honest,” Hamilton stated. “I might say at this time was somewhat bit on the restrict, however I completely get it and I might do it for my staff.”
When Hamilton lastly acquired previous there have been solely 5 laps left and Sainz Jr. simply forward. He overtook him however by then the entrance two have been too far forward.
Hamilton’s bid for a a centesimal win resumes on Aug. 29 on the Belgian GP in Spa, the place Bottas will begin that race with a five-place grid penalty.
Alonso’s good defensive driving helped Ocon safe the victory they usually hugged after the race, with Alonso lifting him up within the air.
“We’re forming a fantastic staff and pushing the staff in the best path,” Ocon stated.
Hamilton was once more loudly jeered by sections of the group, as he was after taking pole place on Saturday. He received the British GP two weeks in the past regardless of a 10-second penalty for taking Verstappen out on the primary lap.
Heavy rain fell shortly earlier than Sunday’s race and the observe was soaked. Hamilton acquired away from pole however Verstappen shot forward of Bottas into second.
McLaren’s Lando Norris additionally overtook Bottas, who ran into the again of him — sending Norris sliding into Verstappen and each off observe. Bottas went right into a tire wall and took out Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez on his means.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was jammed between Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo. After a crimson flag halted the race to permit stewards to clear the wrecked automobiles, Leclerc, Stroll, Norris and Perez additionally retired.
When the race restarted, Hamilton was alone on the grid whereas others have been ditching their wet-weather tires to swimsuit the now drying observe.
Hamilton needed to do the identical on the subsequent lap and got here out in final place with Verstappen eleventh, whereas Ocon led from Vettel. Nikita Mazepin was the sixth to retire after colliding with 2007 F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo within the pit lane.
The sinewy and tight 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) Hungaroring circuit is arguably the toughest observe to overhaul on after Monaco.
“I can’t get near individuals,” stated Hamilton, who fell in need of successful the race for a record-extending ninth time.
Ocon was as soon as a part of the Mercedes growth program and the staff’s reserve driver two years in the past after dropping his F1 seat.
He confirmed the expertise Mercedes noticed in him with a composed drive below stress from Vettel, a four-time F1 champion with 53 wins.
“Esteban did not make a single mistake,” Vettel stated. “It’s his day and his second.”