Esteban Ocon smiles, Lewis Hamilton counts the blessings

Esteban Ocon was, of course, very happy as a child after his first Formula 1 victory. The French Alpine driver kept Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) behind him in Budapest.

“What a moment is this. This feels so good, “said Ocon, who was cheered loudly at the Hungaroring. ,, I’ve had tough times this year, but we got through it together. I don’t know what to say, this is fantastic. I’m so grateful to the team for everything. the confidence they have shown in me ”.

Lewis Hamilton finished third after being held back in a great fight by Ocon’s longtime teammate Fernando Alonso. Normally, Hamilton would probably have won easily, but his team, Mercedes, decided not to bring him directly on dry-weather tires towards the restart after the red flag situation. Then the seven-time world champion had to start a recovery race.

“We made it very difficult for ourselves, but these things happen,” said Hamilton, who took over the World Cup lead from Verstappen. ,,The team thought there was still rain coming. Suddenly I saw everyone enter. Given the circumstances, I have to settle for this. “

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