2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.

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    F1 heads to the Hungaroring this weekend, the final race before the month-long summer break. Often described as Monaco without the houses, the circuit can throw up the odd unpredictable result.

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    Hungarian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel tops practice with Lewis Hamilton fifth
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    By Andrew Benson

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    A sign of things to come? Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel are expected to be the pacesetters this weekend
    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was fastest in second practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix while his title rival Lewis Hamilton was only fifth for Mercedes.

    Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas made errors on their fastest laps in a car that appeared to lack rear grip.

    Max Verstappen's Red Bull was 0.074secs down on Vettel, with their respective team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen a couple of tenths back.


    Hamilton ended up an unrepresentative 0.753secs off the pace.

    Had the Mercedes drivers completed their laps, it appeared as if Hamilton could have been around third place on a track where the team were expecting to struggle a little compared to Ferrari.

    "It has been a relatively normal day," said Hamilton. "As we expected, the Ferraris and the Red Bulls were quite quick and had a little bit more pace than us, so we've got some work to do tonight.

    "This is a tricky circuit and the tyres are overheating; looking after the rear tyres is the biggest issue. The temperatures today and the layout of the track - corner after corner after corner - made it really tricky for the tyres as there's no time for them to cool down."

    Hamilton is 17 points clear of Vettel following his victory in Sunday's German Grand Prix, where the Ferrari driver crashed out of the lead and Hamilton came from 14th on the grid to win.

    Ferrari appear to have the expected edge over Mercedes on the tight and twisty Hungaroring, looking quicker in both qualifying pace and race pace.

    "The qualifying and the start is very important, overtaking is very difficult - if we are ahead after the first corners that will be crucial. The car is pretty good for one lap, we can still improve but it has been one of the better Fridays," said Vettel.

    Asked about his German Grand Prix disappointment, he said: "It is good to have a race straight away to get your head away and hopefully we can cancel it out and make this race count and forget properly."

    Red Bull look quick on long runs, but the question is whether they can compete for the front row in qualifying when Mercedes and Ferrari turn up their engines into an extra power mode that Renault do not have.

    Romain Grosjean was best of the rest for Haas, ahead of the Renault of Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso, the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso's McLaren.

    Kavin Magnussen's Haas was 13th after missing his qualifying run because of engine problems, while Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was 14th, starting the session later because of an energy-store change after a failure in the first session.

    Alonso's team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was 19th after spinning into Turn Five on his qualifying simulation run when he put his left rear wheel on the grass on entry.

    Sauber's Marcus Ericsson made it three spins in one day with an off at the final corner but, in 16th place, he still managed to edge out team-mate Charles Leclerc, who missed the first session because Ferrari third driver Antonio Giovinazzi was driving his car.

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    Hungarian Grand Prix: Force India put into administration by High Court
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    By Andrew Benson

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    Force India driver Esteban Ocon is on the verge of securing a move to Renault
    Force India have gone into administration before a possible takeover.

    Deputy team principal Bob Fernley confirmed to BBC Sport that the High Court in London had appointed an administrator.

    No further information about the future of the team has been released at this stage.


    Earlier on Friday, Force India admitted they faced a "critical period" as financial problems threatened the team.

    At least three potential buyers are said to be in the wings considering a purchase of the Silverstone-based outfit.

    Chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said on Friday that he believed fresh investment in the team was "imminent".

    Force India's problems arise from the legal issues of co-owner Vijay Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on fraud charges, which he denies.

    Szafnauer added that he believed that if the team went into administration it would come out of it and survive.

    Meanwhile, team driver Esteban Ocon is on the verge of securing a deal to move to Renault for next season as a replacement for Spaniard Carlos Sainz alongside German Nico Hulkenberg.

    Sources have told BBC Sport that a deal for the Frenchman to make the switch is agreed and simply needs finalising.

    Ocon is effectively on loan to Force India from Mercedes, who own his contract.

    Szafnauer said: "It's fine for him to go but we have to agree to that. If it's mutually beneficial [to Force India and Mercedes], that's what we are going to do. We won't stand in his way."

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    Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes superb pole in wet conditions
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    By Andrew Benson

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    BBC Sport has live coverage of Sunday's race across BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app. Follow live text updates from 12:30 BST
    Lewis Hamilton took pole position in an enthralling wet qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    The rain gave Mercedes the chance to upend the form book after Ferrari appeared set for pole in the dry.

    Hamilton headed team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.260 seconds, while title rival Sebastian Vettel could manage only fourth, behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.


    Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points in the championship heading into the race.

    Ferrari dominated the earlier practice sessions, as the Mercedes drivers struggled with a lack of rear grip in hot, dry conditions, with both spinning at the chicane in final practice.

    But a rain storm before qualifying doused the track and Hamilton was able to take advantage and what could be a crucial pole on a track where overtaking is notoriously difficult.

    Hamilton said: "The Ferraris have been quicker all weekend and we were just trying to be close to them, but the heavens opened.

    "It is so tricky out there. It was dry for a part of the lap and then wet. It is really difficult to arrive in the corner and know what grip you have. Then at the end you were just looking for a grippy line.

    "It is about give and take, each corner, I was up, I was down, I was up, I was down. It was an emotional rollercoaster.

    "We're going to do our best [in the race] to work as a team and keep the red guys behind us."

    Starring performances by Sainz and Gasly
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    Conditions became treacherous at the height of the downpour
    Renault's Carlos Sainz produced a strong performance in the wet, qualifying fifth after being second fastest in the second session.

    He was ahead of another great drive by Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly, who beat Max Verstappen of the Red Bull senior team by 0.4secs.

    Brendon Hartley made it two Toro Rossos in the top 10, ahead of the Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

    However, there was more pain for Force India a day after it was confirmed the team had entered administration, with their drivers Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez eliminated in the first segment of qualifying.

    A journey into the unknown
    Hamilton and Mercedes were expecting this to be a difficult weekend and braced to lose points to Vettel and Ferrari heading into the four-week summer break after Hungary.

    But rain began to fall about half an hour before qualifying and suddenly all bets were off, as Hamilton excels in such tricky conditions.

    The first session started damp but dried in the end, Vettel emerging fastest from Red Bull's Verstappen.

    The German again topped the second session after a gamble to leave the pits on intermediate tyres when everyone else was on dry-weather 'slick' tyres paid off when rain began to fall again.

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    Daniel Ricciardo only just made it through Q1 after a dubious call on tyres, but ran out of luck in Q2
    The track was drenched in the final sector and while everyone else had to pit immediately for intermediates, Vettel could continue. That guaranteed him the best conditions, and he headed Verstappen, Bottas and Hamilton.

    The big loser was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who came across the crashed Williams of Lance Stroll on his first lap and therefore had to back off. By the time the Australian had finished his next lap, the conditions had worsened and he will start down in 12th.

    Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, a wet-weather expert, was another whose departure from the pits was delayed by a problem with a fuel bowser which meant the team could not immediately fill the car.

    By the time he got out, it was too wet for a quick lap and the German ended up 13th.

    McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who might have been expected to qualify higher than normal in the wet, was another to get out slightly later than most and he ended up 11th.

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    Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins to extend title lead
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    By Andrew Benson

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    Lewis Hamilton won a tense strategic battle at the Hungarian Grand Prix to head into Formula 1's summer break with a 24-point championship lead.

    Ferrari appeared to blow their best chance to challenge the Mercedes driver, delaying a pit stop for Sebastian Vettel long enough to lose their advantage over Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas and emerge behind the Finn.

    It was a critical error that could have cost Vettel second place - but he fought back and passed Bottas with five laps to go.


    Bottas misjudged an attempt to defend from Vettel, who passed on the outside on the run to Turn Two. Trying to keep the place from too far back, Bottas locked a wheel, slid onto the kerb, hit Vettel and damaged the Mercedes' front wing.

    Vettel emerged unscathed and Bottas carried on, only to have another contact with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo when the Australian tried to pass around the outside at Turn One and Bottas locked up and slid into him.

    Bottas' troubles allowed Kimi Raikkonen to come through into third place behind his Ferrari team-mate, while Ricciardo passed him on the last lap to take fourth.

    Despite the late drama, the big picture is that Ferrari have now lost two races in a row that they might have won in different circumstances.

    Hamilton's advantage with nine races to go is almost a race victory and puts him in a strong position for when the season re-starts in Belgium at the end of August.

    How did Hamilton and Mercedes do it?
    Mercedes went into the race pondering how best to maintain the first and second positions they earned thanks to rain in qualifying - had it been dry, they were resigned to the Ferraris being faster.

    Mercedes accepted that Ferrari would be faster in the race, too, so it was a case of how best to play the strategy to try to keep Hamilton in the lead.

    Hamilton and Bottas led from the start and Vettel passed Raikkonen to run third in the early laps.

    The Mercedes were on the ultra-soft tyres, while Vettel was on the more durable softs, planning to run long and attack at the end of the race.

    The plan was working well for a while. An early pit stop for Raikkonen on lap 14 triggered a response from Mercedes a lap later with Bottas, and now Vettel was in second behind Hamilton.

    But the world champion's tyres were hanging on better than might have been feared and he held an eight-second lead over Vettel until beginning to lose time shortly before his pit stop on lap 25.

    That put Vettel in the lead, and by lap 29 the German had enough of a lead over Bottas to make a pit stop and re-emerge in the lead.

    But Ferrari preferred to wait, to ensure he did not have too long to run on the ultra-soft tyres in his final stint.

    They arguably waited too long. For a few laps, Vettel had five seconds in hand beyond the 20 seconds that would be lost in a pit stop, but from lap 35 Bottas began to eat into Vettel's advantage.

    The Finn then unleashed a fastest lap on lap 38, two seconds quicker than he had been going before, and when Vettel pulled into the pits on lap 39 it was now touch and go whether he would get out in front.

    A problem fitting the left front wheel delayed Vettel and ensured he emerged behind the Mercedes.

    From hoping to attack Hamilton, Vettel now had to try to find a way past Bottas.

    And despite the Mercedes' fading tyres, and the Ferrari right behind him for 30 laps, Bottas drove superbly to hold on until five laps to go and the critical incident.

    Vettel closed in at Turn One, Bottas squirmed under power on the exit and Vettel got the run on the Mercedes into Turn Two.

    Bottas then seemed to lose his head.

    Not only did he clash with Vettel but he made another error in the incident with Ricciardo, who despite being forced off track caught the Mercedes again. Bottas was ordered by his team to give the place back, perhaps hoping to avoid a penalty when the stewards investigate after the race.

    Bottas was given a 10-second penalty but it made no difference to the result.

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    The McLarens enjoyed a strong race after a smart strategy call - but only one of their drivers came away with points
    Ricciardo drove well to fight from 12th on the grid to finish fourth for Red Bull, despite the damage from the Bottas incident. Their second driver Max Verstappen retired from fifth place in the early stages with the latest in a series of engine problems, causing the Dutchman to swear into the radio at his frustration at the repeated problems.

    Pierre Gasly took a strong sixth for Toro Rosso, from the same place on the grid after excelling in qualifying, ahead of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

    And there was finally some good news for Fernando Alonso on the two-time world champion's 37th birthday. McLaren made the same strategy as Vettel work beautifully, jumping Alonso and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne ahead of Renault's Carlos Sainz, Haas' Romain Grosjean, Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg to take eighth.

    Sadly for the under-pressure Vandoorne, after his best race for some time, the Belgian's gearbox broke with 19 laps to go and he had to retire.

    Driver of the day - Lewis Hamilton
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    Two wins in a week for Hamilton - and two driver of the days. He was superb at the front, driving a measured race thanks to excellent strategy from Mercedes and questionable judgement from Ferrari
    What's next?
    Nearly four weeks off, until F1 reconvenes at the Belgian Grand Prix on the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps circuit, followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later. Can Ferrari rebound? They need to.

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    Six of the best: Lewis Hamilton was already the record winner in Hungary and his latest triumph was his sixth at the track. His first came in his debut season in 2007, when he shared the podium with Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen - who was also up there with him 11 years later

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