Max Verstappen overtakes Lewis Hamilton on opening lap before claiming seventh consecutive win and giving Red Bull record 12th win in a row; Lando Norris second for McLaren as Sergio Perez completes podium after starting ninth; Hamilton fourth but lost three positions on opening lap
By Jonathan Green at the Hungaroring
Last Updated: 23/07/23 3:48pm
Max Verstappen delivered Red Bull an F1 record 12th consecutive Grand Prix win as he cruised to victory at the Hungarian GP after passing Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap.
Verstappen got an excellent start from P2 on the grid to draw alongside the pole-sitting Hamilton and claim the lead going into Turn One.
The championship leader was never threatened after that as he cruised home by 33 seconds for a seventh consecutive win which sees Red Bull become the first team to win a dozen races in row.
Lando Norris claimed another second place for McLaren, while Sergio Perez pulled off a number of aggressive overtakes in the other Red Bull to finish third after starting ninth.
Perez had to hold off a charging Hamilton in the closing stages as the Mercedes finally came alive again on lower fuel, but the seven-time world champion had to settle for fourth on a difficult afternoon where he lost three positions on the opening lap.
Oscar Piastri was fifth, with his and Norris’ results helping McLaren strengthen their grip on P5 in the Constructors’ Championship after Alpine suffered another double DNF after Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon collided as a result of some first-corner pinball on the opening lap.
George Russell made an excellent recovery from 18th on the grid to finish sixth, promoted a position after Charles Leclerc dropped a place to seventh due to a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Carlos Sainz was unable to progress after a brilliant start had lifted him from P11 to P6 and finished eighth in the second Ferrari, ahead of the two Aston Martins as Fernando Alonso led home Lance Stroll.
Daniel Ricciardo was 13th in his first race for AlphaTauri, two places ahead of team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.
Hungarian GP result
1) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2) Lando Norris, McLaren
3) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
4) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
5) Oscar Piastri, McLaren
6) George Russell, Mercedes
7) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
8) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
9) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin
10) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
More to follow…
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