Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton united in reaction to Ferrari strategy blunder
It’s fair to say Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton aren’t the best of friends, but they were united in shock and amusement after yet another Ferrari strategy blunder at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc looked on course for victory midway through the race at the Hungaroring. However, Ferrari opted to use the preferred medium tyres in the first two stints, meaning he had to use another compound for his third stint.
Despite seeing other drivers struggle on the hard tyre, it was still the rubber Ferrari opted to fit – and the result was disastrous. In cold conditions, Leclerc couldn’t get the tyres up to temperature, allowing Verstappen to overtake him.
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Leclerc was gifted the lead back soon after when Verstappen had a minor spin but the Dutchman recovered and passed his rival again.
Leclerc was then overtaken by Russell before Ferrari had to embarrassingly make a third stop, switching him to soft tyres. Having qualified second and third, Ferrari didn’t even get a car on the podium as Lewis Hamilton passed Carlos Sainz for third and then Russell for second before the end of the race.
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Sainz was fourth with Leclerc a sixth as Verstappen took the victory to extend his already huge championship lead, with Hamilton second and Russell completing the podium.
In the cool-down room ahead of the podium ceremony, the trio chatted as they watched highlights of the race. At one point, a surprised Hamilton pointed out Ferrari’s decision to put Leclerc on hard tyres, to which Verstappen replied, looking equally bemused: “On the hards!?” Meanwhile, Russell smiled in amusement.
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