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F1: Max Verstappen delivers Pink Bull winning-streak report at Hungarian Grand Prix


Max Verstappen F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

Winner Pink Bull Racing’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen leaves the rostrum together with his damaged trophy after the Formulation One Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring race monitor in Mogyorod close to Budapest on July 23, 2023. (Photograph by ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP)

Max Verstappen cruised to a different majestic victory on Sunday, reeling off a report twelfth straight win for Pink Bull as he dominated the Hungarian Grand Prix with a textbook drive from lights to flag.

The defending double world champion grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton at first and remained in management for his seventh successive victory, his ninth in 11 races this yr and the forty fourth of his profession.

Extra considerably, it was Pink Bull’s twelfth consecutive win, breaking a 35-year-old report they’d shared with McLaren, who gained 11 straight races in 1988 with Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna as their driver pair.

Verstappen got here house a large 33.7 seconds forward of McLaren’s Lando Norris together with his Pink Bull teammate Sergio Perez in third.

“For the group 12 wins in a row is unimaginable. Hopefully, we are able to hold this momentum going for a very long time,” stated Verstappen.

Verstappen’s seventh straight win stretched the double world champion’s lead over Perez to 110 factors within the championship.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton, who began the race from a report 104th pole place, was outpaced at first and completed fourth for Mercedes forward of Oscar Piastri within the second McLaren and the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc.

Leclerc, nonetheless, took a five-second penalty, and was ‘handed’ by George Russell within the second Mercedes with Carlos Sainz ending eighth within the second Ferrari forward of the Aston Martin paid two-time champion Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll.

“What an unbelievable race,” stated Verstappen on his cool-down lap.

“It was good to drive, so pleasing. It was unbelievable and thanks everybody.”

He added: “I had a great begin and had good ‘chunk’. I had the within, so I knew the nook was mine and all of it labored out effectively. Then, it was my race and the automobile was unbelievable.”

Lewis Hamilton swamped

Norris stated: “It was a troublesome race and it wasn’t straightforward to carry off Checo on the finish when he was catching up. But it surely’s one other podium for me and for the group. We’re making nice progress.”

The race started in sizzling situations with an air temperature of 30 levels Celsius and the monitor at 54, elements certain to have an effect on tire efficiency. Verstappen wore an ice-packed vest on the grid underneath a parasol.

Hamilton made a robust preliminary begin, however was swamped at Flip One, Verstappen squeezing via on the within and each McLarens taking benefit to push him all the way down to fourth.

Gifted the lead, Verstappen took management as Hamilton, so delighted by his report 104th pole place, apologized. “It’s a protracted race,” Mercedes reminded him.

On a busy opening lap Russell, from 18th on the grid, moved as much as thirteenth as the 2 Alpines collided and retired, Zhou Guanyu having pushed the returning Daniel Ricciardo into Esteban Ocon who hit his teammate Pierre Gasly. The Chinese language driver was given a five-second penalty.

Pink Bull pitted Verstappen for laborious tires on lap 23 with out him dropping his lead.

Perez, within the temper, handed Piastri forcefully at Flip Two on lap 48 as Leclerc was penalized for rushing within the pit lane earlier than Hamilton made a second cease for mediums.

He re-joined fifth, near a minute behind Verstappen who led imperiously forward of Norris, Perez and Piastri with 20 laps remaining, the Dutchman afforded an expensive 2.6 seconds cease on lap 51 earlier than clocking the quickest lap as he surged to the flag.

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