Brendon Hartley narrowly misses a top 10 finish in Hungary
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Brendon Hartley and his Toro Rosso team blew the chance of second consecutive point-scoring finish with 11th at the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix this morning.
World champion Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish to open up a 24 point lead in the drivers' standings as the season heads to the European summer break.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel made a late-race pass on Valtteri Bottas to claim second while teammate Kimi Raikkonen followed him through for third.
Bottas made contact with Vettel as the German made the pass and then drove into Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull with two laps to go and had allow the Australian past.
Starting in a career-best eighth on the grid, Hartley ran well inside the top 10 throughout the first stint of the race. But his Toro Rosso team was bettered on pit and tyre strategy by the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne as well as the Haas pair of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean and the Renault of Carlos Sainz.
He could do no better than finish 11th – just a couple of seconds behind a point-scoring finish - despite having a car that looked capable of a strong finish on the tighter Hungaroring circuit.
Teammate Pierre Gasly finish sixth.
It continues Hartley's run of improved form however and he should take some confidence into the summer break.
"I'm disappointed not to score points after a strong qualifying," the Le Mans winner said. "I had a great start but decided not to dive up the inside of Gasly which ultimately lost me a place to Magnussen.
"My race was then destroyed as I was stuck behind Sainz during the first half of the race when he was on a harder tyre. We then reacted too early to Hulkenberg pitting behind and putting the Medium tyre, which didn't give me the best performance. I fully understand why the team split the strategies but today it didn't work out for me.
"I made no mistakes, I had a good start but unfortunately no points to show for it. I'm happy for the team to score more points which is a nice reward for all the hard work over the last months."
The win was a big boost to Hamilton's title charge.
"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be real quick this weekend, but to come out with these points we'll definitely take as a bonus," Hamilton said post-race.
Vettel had been hoping to make his tyre strategy work late in the race. It played out that way as he managed to work his way past Bottas however the plan involved beating his title rival instead.
"It was tricky knowing when to come in and then we had an issue at the pitstop," Vettel said. "I was sitting back and waiting and trying to line up everything on the last 10 laps [on Bottas]. And it worked."
Vettel saw no problem with the contact he had with Bottas.
"I was surprised because I was already ahead," he said. "I was just trying to break to just cover the inside line, not run in too deep. [Then] I got a hit from behind so I wasn't sure what was going on and I was looking in the mirrors and I saw that Valtteri was there with Kimi. And after that it was clear - the car wasn't broken and we could carry on."
The championship takes a break for four weeks before the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.
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