Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel finished fourth and sixth at the 2016 Hungarian GP, respectively, while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton drove a strong race to take the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg.
Vettel started from fifth on the grid, while Raikkonen started 14th after running out of time to post a fast lap Saturday. When the lights went out, Vettel got a clean start and followed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into Turn 1. Verstappen then got squeezed by Hamilton as he attempted to pass the Mercedes on the inside, keeping him in the fight for fourth with Vettel.
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Ricciardo, meanwhile, passed Rosberg on the approach to Turn 1 and very nearly took Hamilton on the outside, but eventually lost out to both and continued in third. Ricciardo was soon lapping faster than the two Mercedes, but faded as the race wore on and felt increasing pressure from Vettel for the final podium spot.
One of the race’s more intense battled was between Verstappen and Raikkonen. After his first stop, Verstappen exited the pits behind Raikkonen, who was running on the Soft tire. Raikkonen kept the Dutchman at bay, but after pitting for Supersofts on Lap 50, the Fin found himself behind Verstappen’s Red Bull and fighting for fifth position.
Verstappen and Raikkonen engaged in a heated battle that saw the Fin try on multiple occasions to get his way around the Dutchman. Raikkonen tried a daring move at Turn 2 on Lap 57, attempting to fake out Verstappen but clipping the Red Bull;’s right rear tire and damaging his front wing. He would be forced to accept a sixth place finish, while Verstappen held on for fifth.
The result gave Mercedes a total of 378 points in the constructors’ championship, while Ferrari held onto to second with 224. They are facing pressure from Red Bull, however, with the Christian Horner-led squad now laying claim to 223 points.
F1 will now head to Hockenheim for the German GP before enjoying its usual summer shutdown and returning to the track August 28th for the 2016 Belgium GP from Spa. Click here for full results from Hungary.