2018 Hungarian GP: Alonso Scores Points in Final Race Before Summer Brake

Fernando Alonso leading Stoffel Vandoorne, Hungary 2018
Photo: © McLaren

Fernando Alonso finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in a great 8th place, meaning, he’s going into the summer brake with good momentum.

The Spaniard started from 11th place on the grid, after a messy qualifying on Saturday.

Fernando’s getaway from the grid was clean, overtaking Brendon Hartley for a brief moment, heading into turn one, but Alonso kept 11th place after the first lap.

Daniel Ricciardo started down the order in Hungary after a bad qualifying, the Aussie got a hit from Marcus Ericsson on the first lap and lost track position, falling as low as 16th place.

As Ricciardo fought through the field, he had no real problems, until he arrived behind Alonso, Alonso did offer him a fight and defended his position, but the much faster Red Bull took 11th place from the McLaren driver, going into turn one on lap 9.

When other cars pitted for their first and only pit of the race, McLaren opted for the overcut with both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, the papaya duo got into 7th & 8th before their first pistop.

Once the McLaren’s stopped, they’ve placed 8th & 9th – successfully overcuting the likes of Sainz, Hartley, Hülkenberg and Grosjean.

But unfortunate gearbox problems saw Stoffel Vandoorne retire, from a solid 9th place on lap 51. The Belgian driver hasn’t scored any points since the Azerbaijan GP back in April.

Although there were some incidents in the front of the field, such as Vettel & Bottas colliding, no one ahead of Fernando Alonso was affected to the point, where they would have to retire their car.

Alonso finished the race in 8th, scoring points for the first time since the British GP.

It’ll be time for all the drivers, mechanics and fans to rest, as the next race, the Belgian Grand Prix, will be held in a long 28 days time in Spa-Francorchamps at the end of August.

Although Fernando’s next race will be the 6 hours of Silverstone on the 19th of August.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Race:

“It was definitely a good Sunday for us and it was down to the pit-wall, as they executed the perfect strategy. They decided to extend the first stint as much as we could, doing something around 15 laps more than the others, and that meant Stoffel and myself recovered three or four positions.”

“We really deserved eighth and ninth places today, but unfortunately the gearbox problem prevented Stoffel from taking any points, otherwise it would’ve been a perfect Sunday for us.”

“I’m happy we’ve delivered the result and have scored another four points for the team. Sunday is where it finally counts!”

“Now it’s time to relax, before jumping in a car again mid-August.”

2018 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Race Results
1.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1:37:16.427
2.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari17.123
3.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari20.101
4.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG46.419
5.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes60.000
6.france Pierre GaslyToro RossoHonda1’13.273
7.denmark Kevin MagnussenHaasFerrari1 lap
8.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault1 lap
9.spain Carlos SainzRenaultRenault1 lap
france Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1 lap