Race, Modern
AUG 02nd 2021

Damien Smith

Eight talking points from a sensational Hungarian GP

How Esteban Ocon emerged from Turn 1 in a surprise second place from eighth on the grid at the start of a crazy Hungarian Grand Prix was the stuff of pure right-place, right-time fortune. But while dumb luck handed the Frenchman his chance, the 24-year-old still had to earn his unforgettable first Formula 1 victory with a controlled, mature performance to lead 65 of 70 laps and deliver the Enstone-based team now known as Alpine its first win since 2013 (when it was called Lotus). Meanwhile, the world championship battle was turned on its head, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen once again at the centre of a riveting narrative that is making this one of the most dramatic F1 seasons in years.

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