Esteban Ocon wins the Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovers from the back of the grid to bag a place on the podium and moves to the top of the drivers’ standings after Max Verstappen finishes 10th following a chaotic start

The most exhilarating drive of Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 season, however, may already be done. At the first turn, all eyes were on Hamilton and Verstappen with memories of Silverstone and two weeks of verbal sparring still fresh. The real battle was with Alonso, once Hamilton was closing on the leaders. Hamilton is around two-and-a-half seconds behind Vettel. Hamilton is unhappy with Alonso’s part in the touch, but Hamilton’s former Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg says the two-time world champion has no case to answer. Hamilton is lapping more than a second quicker than anyone, but he’s having to be patient. Hamilton is sticking on the medium tyres and has slipped behind Alonso into fifth. Sainz has pitted but has come out in fourth, ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton is complaining to his team that he ‘can’t get close to people’. Hamilton is up to 13th after overtaking Giovinazzi. It doesn’t feel like it, but we’re only in the seventh lap and Hamilton is now about 18 seconds behind race leader Ocon. Incredibly, all the drivers bar Hamilton went into the pits before the start, leaving the Briton on his own at the start. It will be crucial for Hamilton that the Finn provides an effective buffer to keep Verstappen at bay.

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