The Hungarian Grand Prix takes place this weekend with plenty of F1 history as the season continues to churn out drama. After Max Verstappen used even more pain for Charles Leclerc, whose Ferrari crashed at the French Grand Prix, the Red Bull star extended his lead in the championship. Leclerc, who last won in Austria to bolster his fleeting title hopes, seemed in total control before losing traction in his Ferrari at Turn 11 on Lap 18 and crashing into the barrier that ended his race.
Lewis Hamilton threatened to challenge Verstappen for victory in his 300th Formula One race, but the Dutchman’s pace ultimately proved too much as he drove for maximum points at Circuit Paul Ricard. Seven-time champion Hamilton finished second while Mercedes teammate George Russell rounded out the podium after a ding-dong battle with Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull.
Verstappen now holds a 62-point lead at the top of the Championship leaderboard ahead of the final race before the summer break this weekend in Budapest.
Follow the latest news and preparation for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend with reactions from Thursday’s driver press conferences: