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4 Things We Learned From The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen produced one of the best performances of his F1 career in Budapest as the Dutchman soared from P10 to win the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix for Red Bull. As Ferrari fumbled their strategy, once again, Verstappen came home to take his eighth win of the 2022 F1 season while Mercedes secured their second double podium in a row in a gripping showdown on Sunday at the Hungaroring.

There was plenty of on-tracking action and drama in the final race of the season before the summer break, and here are the four things we learned from the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix.

1. Ferrari shoot themselves in the foot once again

 

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Another week, another Ferrari strategy blunder. It’s becoming more than just a running joke point at this stage of the season as the Italian team threw away another chance of a major points haul and a podium finish at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. After a strong qualifying showing with Red Bull stranded in P10 and P11, Ferrari dropped the ball as they cost Leclerc another podium with the wrong tyre choice. Leclerc was put on the hard tyres for the final stint of the race, despite that tyre proving to offer the least amount of grip throughout Friday practice and during the Grand Prix, causing him to lose his lead to Verstappen and slip down the standings.

The prancing horse were locked into this call due to their decision to do two medium stints to start the race, effectively forcing them to go on the hard tyre as they looked to cover Verstappen’s undercut. Leclerc had no traction at all on the hard-walled tyres and was forced to pit again for softs in the final 15 laps, eventually finishing in P6 as his hopes of an F1 Championship slowly begin to fade.

2. Verstappen soars towards the 2022 F1 World Championship

 

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Max Verstappen produced one of the best race victories of his career as he stormed through the field from P10 to take the chequered flag. The Dutchman won the Hungarian Grand Prix by a whopping margin of 7.8 seconds despite doing a 360-degree spin on the final corner and almost sending his car into the barriers. In the end, it was a comfortable victory for the championship leader, who executed Red Bull’s strategy to perfection as the Dutchman performed the undercut on lap 39 before picking off each of the leaders on the medium tyres.

Verstappen now leads the drivers’ standings by a mammoth margin of 80 points, and only a catastrophic failure will see him miss out on the 2022 F1 World Championship in the last nine races of the season following the winter break.

3. Mercedes can beat Ferrari in the Constructor’s Championship

 

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Who would have thought to say this after the first few rounds of the season? However, there is a legitimate chance that the Silver Arrows can upstage their Italian counterparts and claim second in the constructors’ standings in the 2022 Formula One season. For all their pace in qualifying, Ferrari have been disastrous on Sundays for most of the year, throwing away points hauls with regularity to slip further down in the F1 standings.

Mercedes, on the other hand, have extracted the most they could out of their car. Lewis Hamilton has stood on the podium in all of the last five races, while George Russell has only not finished in the top five once, at the British Grand Prix, where he suffered a high-speed crash at turn one. The Silver Arrows now sit only 30 points behind Ferrari in the constructors’ standings and could pip the prancing horse in the second half of the season if they continue their form over the past five races.

4. Quote of the weekend

“They (Ferrari) were on the hards?”

Even Lewis Hamilton couldn’t believe Ferrari’s misjudgment as he questioned their decision to go on the hard’s in the driver’s cool-down room, much to the delight of Max Verstappen and the Silver Arrows, who profited from the Scuderia’s slip-up.

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