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Hamilton Wins F1 Hungarian GP, Developments to Start at Hungaroring Next Year

2018.07.30.

British Mercedes Benz driver Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the 33rd Hungarian Grand Prix of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship. German racer Sebastian Vettel came in second with his Ferrari, followed by Finnish teammate Kimi Räikkönen in third place.

photo: Zsolt Czeglédi / MTI

Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo topped the timesheets on Friday in the first practice session for the competition, followed closely behind by Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen. Despite such promising performances in the test session, Ricciardo finished fourth after surviving two collisions and Verstappen dropped out after five laps due to a problem with a power unit.

photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, announced that investments as part of the strategic development programme at Hungaroring will begin after next year’s racing weekend.

Before the event, Szijjártó met with Chase Carey, a representative of Liberty Media which owns the F1 rights, to discuss the future of the Hungarian race. “We had a positive discussion in which Mr. Carey said they are proud of the 21 national specials, want to see the venues in the tournament calendar, and do not need 21 uniform races,” Szijjártó said, adding that the talk bodes well for Budapest and Hungary. Carey’s strategy is for F1 to occupy a full week rather than just a weekend, Szijjártó said, stating that Budapest is capable of hosting such an event. He said: “After the 2019 race, we will make all the necessary changes according to the strategic development program and, as promised, resource allocations and legislative processes will be implemented in a timely manner. Hungaroring requires a sustainable plan, and the elections have brought about (…) political stability.”

photo: Zsolt Czeglédi / MTI

Szijjártó added that:

If the government decides something, it will happen.

He emphasized the economic benefits of the Hungarian Grand Prix–which was extended for a further 5 years, until 2026. Szijjártó stated that the F1 weekend in Mogyoród generated 30 billion forints (EUR 93 million) of economic activity last year, and added that the event had a positive impact on the GDP, with an increase in tax revenue “and a quantifiable media presence.”

photo: Tamás Kovács / MTI

Tickets sales have increased this year, and Formula One is getting more publicity globally; the economic impact is estimated to be even greater this year compared with the previous, the minister said.

photo: Zsolt Czeglédi / MTI

Results:

Lewis Hamilton (GBR, McLaren-Mercedes) 1:37:16.427
Sebastian Vettel (GER, Ferrari) +00:17.123
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN, Ferrari) 00:20.101
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS, Red Bull) 00:46.419
Valtteri Bottas (FIN, Mercedes) 00:50.000 6. Pierre Gasly (FRA, Toro Rosso) 01:13.273
Kevin Magnussen (DEN, Haas) 1 lap
Fernando Alonso (ESP, McLaren) 1 lap
Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP, Renault) 1 lap
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Haas) 1 lap
Brendon Hartley (NZ, Toro Rosso) 1 lap
Nico Hulkenberg (GER, Renault) 1 lap
Esteban Ocon (FRA, Force India) 1 lap
Sergio Perez (MEX, Force India) 1 lap
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Sauber) 2 laps
Sergei Sirotkin (RUS, Williams) 2 laps
Lance Stroll (CA, Williams) 2 laps
retired: Charles Leclerc (MCO, Sauber), Max Verstappen (NL, Red Bull), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL)

via MTI, redbullracing.redbull.com