Grid penalties for Bottas and Stroll, reprimands for others

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Grid penalties for Bottas and Stroll, reprimands for others

Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll have both been given five-place grid penalties for the next race in Belgium as a result of the chaotic start to this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bottas suffered a poor start and then braked too late into the first corner, the mercedes running into the side of Lando Norris' McLaren and pushing it into Max Verstappen whose Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez was also taken out.

“Immediately after the start, in the braking zone to turn 1, car 77 collided with the rear of car 4,” and official statement from the stewards said.

"The stewards took into consideration the track conditions however the driver of car 77 was fully to blame for the collision.”

As well as a five place drop in Spa, Bottas has also received two penalty points on his F1 superlicence.

"I had a poor start," the Finn said later. "Wheel spin off the line, and lost places, and then braking into first corner I was right in the gearbox of Lando.

"I just locked the wheels so probably being that close didn’t calculate quite right the braking point, locked two wheels, hit him, and then it was a mess.”

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll also received a five place grid drop and two penalty points for a separate incident in which he out-braked himself down the inside into the same corner into Charles Leclerc, and tipping Daniel Ricciardo into a spin.

They weren't the only drivers making a visit to the stewards office after the end of a wet and wild race.

Race winner Esteban Ocon was called to explain a breach of post-race procedure, after failing to return his car to parc ferme and leaving it parked at the end of pit lane.

"Post-race procedure requires drivers who finish the race in the top three positions to return to pit lane and stop at the boards showing their positions," the stewards said.

"Ocon, who finished in 1st place, failed to do so and parked his car on the track near the end of the pit lane.

"[He] explained that he missed the pit entry and figured that the best place to stop would be close to the pit exit. He apologised and confirmed to be more careful next time."

The stewards said that it was not a breach of parc ferme regulations and accordingly issued a non-driving reprimand to the Frenchman.

Meanwhile second-place Sebastian Vettel was handed a reprimand for not removing his rainbow T-shirt before the national anthem during the pre-race ceremonies.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Aston Martin F1 Team on the grid. 01.08.2021. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest

“They can disqualify me. They can do what they want. I’d do it again," a defiant Vettel told Sky Sports f1 in advance of the stewards' decision.

Fortunately the stewards took an understanding line. “The driver explained that he forgot to take off the WRAO [We Race As One] T-shirt in time during the national anthem because of the onset of rain."

There were also reprimands for similar infractions by Stroll, Bottas and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

Vettel is also under investigation for a significantly more serious issue, because his car reportedly didn’t have enough fuel remaining after the finish to provide the requisite post-race sample.

F1 technical regulations state: “Competitors must ensure that a one-litre sample of fuel may be taken from the car at any time during the event" but only 300ml could be retrieved.

It could mean that Vettel is disqualified from the race which would promote Lewis Hamilton to second place and Sainz onto the podium in third.

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Emotional Russell says Hungary points cap 'three years of hard work'

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Emotional Russell says Hungary points cap 'three years of hard work'

An emotional George Russell struggled to hold back the tears after Williams' double-points finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix, insisting the outstanding performance was the result of "three years of hard work".

Russell and teammate Nicholas Latifi delivered the first points to their team since the 2019 German Grand Prix after a chaotic and extraordinary round of racing on Sunday at the Hungaroring.

Latifi crossed the checkered P8 after a solid drive in difficult conditions while Russell was one spot behind in ninth place.

The Briton was certainly conscious of the fact that Latifi and himself had lucked into the win thanks to the race's circumstances, but that took nothing away from the sheer emotion linked to the day's achievement.

“Mental, firstly just so happy and quite emotional to be honest because it just means so much more because the result today is three years of hard work,” Russell told Sky F1.

“Maybe we got lucky today, but there are many times that we haven’t got lucky and we truly deserve this.”

Perhaps the race's oddest moment came at the end of the second formation lap, when the entire field save Lewis Hamilton rolled into the pits to bolt on a set of slick tyres.

Russell said that the decision, given the drying track, was an absolute "no-brainer".

“But I think the predicament Mercedes found themselves in, because they are the first pit box, if they box, every car is going to come down the pit lane and they can’t feed their way back into the pit lane.

“So no matter what they did, they arguably came out last.”

As everyone finally settled into their afternoon, Russell - running among the top ten while Latifi was up ahead in third place - radioed in to suggest that he was willing to compromise his race if it would help his teammate safeguard a position among the top five.

“For me it was clear, I know how much the points mean to the team,” he explained.

“We just need one good result out of 23 races, and if Nicholas could have came home in the top five that would have been enough to absolutely seal P8 in the Constructors’ Championship.

“And the prize money, what it means to the team, it’s huge as opposed to maybe he coming home in P8 and me coming home in P12.”

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In the end however, both drivers succeeded in protecting their position in the points, with Russell executing a second stint that he believed was the strongest in his career.

“That second stint was probably the best stint of my whole career, by a bit of a margin,” he confirmed.

“I was pushing so hard, keeping Danny Ric [Ricciardo] behind, then Max at the end. Okay he had a bit of damage, but still, we closed a 20-second gap at one point to the cars ahead, having been stuck behind Mick [Schumacher] for 10 laps or so.

“So that was a proper killer stint and that brought us home P9.

“Just overjoyed, so happy for Nicholas.”

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