The Hungarian Grand Prix sent everyone breathless into the summer break, as it shaped in a crash-fuelled race, which ended with an old champion on the podium and a maiden Formula 1 winner in first place.
The race started in an unexpected way, with Valtteri Bottas crashing on the wet and sending many other drivers out of the Grand Prix. This was just enough to open the way to an unbelievable race, where the great names like Verstappen and Hamilton struggled and “underdogs” and “old glories” making it to the top. Esteban Ocon conquered his maiden win out of the blue, bringing his team, Alpine, on the podium for the first time in its new name.
“What a moment, - said an overjoyed Ocon - “We've had some difficult moments this season, we had to adjust many things but we are a team and today we are back where we belong.”
Alpine can feel proud of today’s result, as not only Ocon managed to win but also Fernando Alonso had a super pace and managed to keep Hamilton and his Mercedes behind for a while, helping Ocon out massively. The Spanish driver was awarded as “Driver of the day” too, showing that his forty years are only a number. “I like to have Fernando as a teammate, - said the Frenchman when asked on the podium how was his relationship with a “legend” like Alonso – I can learn so much from him and, race after race, we are becoming a great team.”
Talking about the race again, the 24-year old proved that he has iron nerves as well, as he resisted against the strong pressure of a 4-time World Champion, hungry for victory, like Sebastian Vettel.
“Sebastian put me under big pressure but we managed to keep him off, so it's a great moment."