Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led team mate Kimi Raikkonen at the head of the pack through most of the 70 laps of the Hungarian Gran Prix fending off a challenge from the two silver arrows of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas and an equally determined Max Verstappen in his sole Red Bull challenge.
In fact his aggressiveness saw him take chances with the race line as he sped into the first couple of corners at the start, with an equally quick run from Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull. But a misjudged turn saw Verstappen run into the side of Ricciardo, leading to the latter's exit from the race as his car broke down and spewed liquids onto the track. The safety car was brought out for five laps.
The Ferraris made a second good getaway when the race restarted and they were followed by Bottas, Verstappen, who would have to take a 10” penalty for hitting his team-mate, and then Hamilton. In this phase of the race, the Ferraris were the quickest cars on track, the only ones lapping under the 1’23”.
Sebastian Vettel called in a steering problem with his car, which saw him allow Raikkonen to catch up, closely followed by an increasingly aggressive Hamilton, who even had Bottas move out of the way in order to get even with the Ferraris. However the race ended with a decent gap between the two Ferraris, followed by Bottas who was allowed ahead by Hamilton, honouring the promise that his position would be maintained if Hamilton didn't get to the Ferraris.
Verstappen came in fifth, while Fernando Alonso managed to deliver McLaren's best finish of the season in sixth, also clocking the fastest lap of the race in the 69th lap.
As the Formula One teams break for the summer, Vettel has rebuilt a bit of lead over Hamilton with a gap of 14 points, although the post break races could see Hamilton catch up as the circuits are better suited to straight line speeds.