Sunday 01 August 2021
Hamilton alone in the second half
Bottas’ error causes a mass crash at the start
The Hungarian Grand Prix starts in the rain – and Valtteri Bottas completely misjudges himself. The Mercedes driver clears several competitors in turn and thus interrupts the race. The drying path ensures that Lewis Hamilton is completely alone when restarting.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas caused a mass crash in the first corner after the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Braking on the wet track in Hungary, the Finn crashed into a Lando Norris McLaren from behind, which in turn slipped into Red Bull World Championship leader Max Verstappen.
Then the race was interrupted. While world champion Lewis Hamilton escaped the hustle and bustle unscathed in a Mercedes, Verstappen returned to 13th place with his damaged car. The Red Bull mechanic had a lot of work during the outage until the restart, fixing as much damage and repairing it as possible. Bottas, Norris, Sergio Perez (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) were eliminated.
Sky’s Norris said: “I’m a little upset. I don’t know why something like this should happen and take such a risk. These are stupid things.” Peres was also upset: “I don’t know what to say.” Both indirectly called for a penalty for Bottas. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel advanced to third after a poor start, managing to escape the chaos of Kruve One, while Haas driver Mick Schumacher improved ten places to tenth.
The race resumed at 3:32 p.m. But instead of starting the net, everyone went back to the pits to switch to spots because the track was drying up. As a result, Hamilton was the only one in the normal starting position on restart. Ridiculous picture, the seven-time world champion was looking at the red light alone, while all 15 other drivers switched to dry tyres. After a roll on the quarterbacks, Hamilton instigated and fell down the field.