Solid points for the Team in Budapest
Lewis Hamilton finished fourth and George Russell sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
After an intriguing qualifying session, Lewis lined up on pole position starting on the Medium tyre with George, who had been eliminated in Q1, in P18 on the Hard tyre.
Off the line, Lewis was pressured by Max Verstappen and lost positions to both the Red Bull and the McLarens of Piastri and Norris through the first few corners. George meanwhile gained several places with our drivers running P4 and P15 after the opening tour.
Lewis boxed for the Hard tyre on lap 16 whilst George continued on with his first stint. That triggered several other stops and, with Lewis struggling with car balance in those early laps on the new compound, he lost time to those ahead.
George came in on lap 28 for the Medium tyre and began moving up the field and into the points paying positions. Lewis meanwhile was busy defending net P4 from Perez who ultimately undercut him; Lewis continued on before stopping on lap 49 for the Medium tyre.
The Medium tyre proved a useful compound and George took a second set for his final stint. He closed on the Ferraris ahead, ultimately taking P6 by passing Carlos Sainz and benefitting from Charles Leclerc’s five-second time penalty.
Lewis meanwhile used the Medium compound, and a slightly fresher set, to pass Piastri for P4 and close to within 1.531s of Perez for the final podium spot.
That result sees the Team extend the gap over third in the Constructors’ Championship to 39 points ahead of the final race before the summer break.