Brilliant Budapest turned up the heat on Sunday, pushing cars and drivers to their limits around the tight and twisty Hungaroring.
And there, Sebastian Vettel took his second Hungarian Grand Prix win on his 50th start for Ferrari – with teammate Kimi Räikkönen finishing second for the team’s first one-two result since Monaco.
At the start, Vettel got away well, Räikkönen better, as the Red Bulls went either side of the Mercedes pair into Turn 1 – before they closed up on the run to Turn 2, where Max Verstappen understeered into Daniel Ricciardo, forcing the Australian to spin and ultimately retire with damage.
The safety car was deployed, while the stricken Red Bull was recovered – with Verstappen soon to get a 10-second time penalty for his move.
At the restart on Lap 6, Vettel set a string of fastest laps to build a gap on Räikkönen – which blew out to 3-seconds by Lap 12.
The two Ferraris owned the opening laps but the Silver Arrows started to return fire from Lap 18 – Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton, the two drivers unable to be heard over their radios until Lap 44.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean pitted on Lap 20 with a slow puncture, but had to retire on the next tour after a botched pit stop, picking up a crossed wheel-nut.
On Lap 25, Vettel began to complain of steering issues, his car pulling to the left – enabling Räikkönen to close to within 1.3 seconds.
Bottas pitted on Lap 30, followed by Hamilton on the next lap – before the two Ferraris, Vettel first on Lap 32, his front tyres finished.
With the stops out of the way - Vettel, still suffering from a steering issue – led Räikkönen, Bottas and Hamilton, with the Mercedes’ switching on Lap 46, on the proviso they’d switch back if Hamilton couldn’t make progress.
Up-front, it was intense with the top-3 covered by 2-seconds on Lap 51 – Vettel unable to up the pace, forcing Räikkönen to defend heavily against a hard-charging Hamilton, the Brit desperate to limit damage.
However, Hamilton was unable to pass and lost momentum through traffic – leaving the Ferraris to finish one-two, while he switched back with Bottas, following their earlier deal, to finish fourth at the flag.
As broadcast on 01/08/2017.