Finishing second at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday "was like a victory" for Max Verstappen after his pre-race crash.

In damp conditions at the Hungaroring, Verstappen locked up his intermediate tyres at turn 12 during the formation lap and ended up slamming into the barriers.

His Red Bull lost its front wing and needed a host of repairs that were carried out on track after he nursed the car onto the grid.

The mechanics were able to get the work done in time for lights out and Verstappen, who qualified seventh, was up to third by turn two on the opening lap as Valtteri Bottas made a false start from second.

An undercut in the pits midway through the race got him in front of Bottas and he managed to hold the Mercedes driver off and follow winner Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag.

"I thought I was not going to race so to be second, it's like a victory," said Verstappen.

"It was not how I wanted it in the beginning, of course, ending in the barriers with the lack of grip.

"The mechanics did an amazing job to fix the car, I don't know how they did it but they are incredible, to pay them back with a second place, yes, of course, very pleased for that.

"It was good, like new. It was just in time but everything was working like normal.

"The first lap was very crucial, from there we had the right calls, right pace, keep doing our own thing so to be able to split the two Mercedes cars is very good for us.

"In the last lap we also had traffic in front, didn't make it easy for me on those old tyres, but managed to hold on and very happy for second."

Lewis Hamilton may have faced minimal competition in winning the Hungarian Grand Prix but said it was one of his favourite races in Formula One.

The Mercedes driver converted his 90th pole into a record-equalling eighth win at the Hungaroring, matching the number of victories Michael Schumacher accumulated at the French Grand Prix.

Hamilton got away well and had a lead of over three seconds by the end of the first lap, though most drivers started on intermediate tyres and pitted for slicks early on.

The six-time champion managed his tyres well as an anticipated downpour never arrived, and his advantage grew to a size that enabled him to take a free pit stop with four laps remaining.

Hamilton was sent back out on the soft compound and earned an extra point by setting the fastest lap.

"Honestly, it was one of my favourite races to have raced. While I was on my own in the race it was just a different kind of challenge," said Hamilton.

"Of course, we had great pace, but it couldn't have been [done] without the guys that have been working, great pit stops, great strategy, and right at the end it was perfect to get on the fresh tyre and get an extra point.

"I think round one was multiple different punches that I wasn't perhaps ready for, but I re-focused and the last two have been fantastic. We were on point throughout this weekend so need to keep this up."

Valtteri Bottas qualified second but took third behind Max Verstappen after a bungled start saw him immediately fall back through the field.

"It was pretty bad race to be honest for me. Starting from second you aim to win the race, but I lost it at the start," said Bottas.

"I reacted to a light on my dash that went off. I don't know what it was, but something changed on my dash so I reacted to that instead of the start lights so I had anti-stall and had to start again and I wasn't there.

"I lost many places and it made the race difficult for me."

Lewis Hamilton earned a share of Formula One history by romping to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, while Max Verstappen was second despite a pre-race crash.

Reigning champion Hamilton finished first at the Hungaroring for the third straight season and eighth time in his career, matching Michael Schumacher's record for the most triumphs at the same grand prix.

The 35-year-old Briton converted his 90th pole into a second successive win this season, sending him above Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to the top of the drivers' standings.

Bottas was unable to make it a one-two, however, with Verstappen on the second step of the podium despite qualifying seventh and requiring a new front wing before lights out.

Hamilton got away well and was three seconds clear of Lance Stroll - who took fourth ahead of Alex Albon and Sebastian Vettel – after the first lap, with Bottas having fallen back through the field after a bungled start.

Despite sounding concerned about the status of his engine during the first half of the race, Hamilton negotiated his first major stint well and had a 20-second advantage after pitting for medium tyres as an anticipated downpour held off.

Verstappen was running in second at that point, the Dutchman producing a brilliant performance after coming so close to being unable to start.

He undercut Bottas by pitting for hard tyres at the end of lap 36 but the Finn made an additional stop as Verstappen stayed out.

Bottas got into DRS range on the main straight at the start of the final lap but was unable to get close to enough to make a pass, with Hamilton getting an additional point by setting the fastest lap after switching to softs with four laps remaining.

Max Verstappen crashed on his way to the grid ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Red Bull driver was on intermediate tyres when he locked up in greasy conditions at turn 12 and hit the barriers.

Verstappen managed to get his car back on track and mechanics were able to get it ready in time for lights out, with a new front wing fitted.

"I just want to say incredible work, guys, that's unbelievable. Thank you so much," said the Dutchman over team radio.

Verstappen started the race in seventh but forced his way up to third by turn two on the opening lap.

George Russell thinks Alex Albon is "being made to look like an idiot" after the Red Bull driver failed to make it through to the final qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Albon will start Sunday's race at the Hungaroring in 13th place and his team-mate Max Verstappen was only seventh fastest as Mercedes dominated yet again, Lewis Hamilton taking pole ahead of Valtteri Bottas.

British-born Thai driver Albon was fourth in the Styrian Grand Prix last weekend but missed out on Q3 six days later.

Russell, who took an impressive 12th spot for the third race of the Formula One season, says his close friend Albon deserves much better.

"I've known Alex for the last 15 years, been in the same paddock as him, you know he's one of the best drivers we all race," the Williams driver said.

"Max, Charles [Leclerc], all of us will say it, he's always been at the front in everything he's done and I don't know what the hell is going on.

"I feel really bad for him because he's being made to look like an idiot and he's absolutely not. He's won in everything he's done, so I don't know what is going on, but they need to sort it out for him."

Russell matched the career-best qualifying result he achieved in Spielberg last weekend and, with team-mate Nicholas Latifi 15th on the grid, the Englishman is encouraged by the progress Williams have made.

He said: "The car came alive in qualifying in these cooler conditions and I had a lot of fun out there. Again, I did not expect to be this fast, the car was feeling great and I had a good rhythm. 

"It was a shame about the Q2 lap, we had some traffic and I think Q3 was possible, which would have been amazing. But P12, considering where we were last year, was incredible.

"I love driving this track flat out, it was great fun and I'm proud of the boys and girls to get that result again. Fingers crossed we get a bit of rain tomorrow; we could do with that and we could be on for a good result. I am ready to fight, and hopefully we have a successful race."

Verstappen urged Russell to concentrate on what Williams are doing rather than have his say on Red Bull.

"George doesn't know anything about the team, so I think it's better he focuses on his team rather than speaking about someone else," he said.

Otmar Szafnauer says Racing Point are happy with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez but declared "watch this space" after the team held talks with Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel on Thursday confirmed he had been involved in "loose talks" with Racing Point over a potential move for the 2021 Formula One season.

Stroll and Perez remain under contract for what will be the first year for the team as Aston Martin following a rebrand. 

Racing Point team principal Szafnauer on Friday stated Vettel's credentials cannot be questioned, but gave little away as to whether the German will join the Silverstone-based squad after leaving Ferrari.

"He definitely knows how to win. He's very competitive. I know him as a friend, he's a lovely guy," said Szafnauer.

"I've known him for a long time, he's straight-forward, honest and can be very fast – he's a four-time world champion."

Szafnauer said is to too early to be discussing who will be behind the wheel for Aston Martin next year on a day that saw Vettel go fastest in FP2 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Asked about the futures of Perez and Stroll, he replied: "They are both contracted and we are happy with the drivers we have.

"It is the silly season already, which I can't fathom as we have only done two races, and we are already talking about driver changes. But we are happy with the two we have and they are contracted."

Quizzed about Perez in particular, Szafnauer said: "Like I said, he's contracted. Checo's focus is to do the best he can this year with our car.

"I think he's had two great races. Checo has to focus on the task at hand, which is qualifying the best we can and putting good races in."

He added: "It's tough to predict the future. What they need to do is do the best they can. They are contracted. Watch this space, we'll see where we go. But our intention is never to not honour our contracts."

Sebastian Vettel was quickest in a wet second practice session at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton set the pace in the morning.

Ferrari suffered a nightmare at the Styrian Grand Prix last weekend, with team-mates Vettel and Charles Leclerc retiring following a first-lap collision at the Red Bull Ring.

Vettel will leave the Scuderia at the end of the season and on Thursday confirmed he has held talks with Racing Point over a move to a team that will be rebranded to become Aston Martin for 2021.

The four-time Formula One world champion let his driving do the talks at a sodden Hungaroring on Friday afternoon, clocking the quickest lap of one minute, 40.464 seconds in FP2.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was second on the timesheets in the later session, 0.272secs slower than the German, with Carlos Sainz third for McLaren.

Racing Point duo Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez were fourth and fifth respectively, while Hamilton and Red Bull's Alex Albon did not set a lap time as drivers split their running between intermediate and full wet tyres.

Hamilton, winner of the second race of the season in Spielberg last weekend, earlier outpaced Bottas as the Silver Arrows made it a one-two in FP1.

The reigning champion set a quickest time of 1:16.003s, with Bottas 0.086s slower. Perez and Stroll were third and fourth respectively.

Hamilton will match the great Michael Schumacher's record of eight victories at the same track if he takes the chequered flag in Budapest on Sunday.

Kimi Raikkonen reiterated he is "not in a hurry" to decide his future in Formula One beyond the 2020 season.

The veteran Finn's contract expires with Alfa Romeo at the end of the delayed campaign, which is in Hungary for round three this weekend.

Raikkonen, racing in his 18th season in F1, stated prior to the start of the season that new rule changes in the series – which are now delayed until 2022 – would have no bearing on his decision.

And the 40-year-old said that he is often in discussions with the team but talks over next season are not at the forefront of his mind.

"Obviously we talk always we're not in a hurry to decide anything so," Raikkonen said in quotes from a video on F1's official website.

Raikkonen and team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi have yet to score a point following the opening two rounds in Austria and the 2007 world champion said qualifying will be crucial to getting off the market in Hungary.

"Obviously it's nice, a nice place to come, nice track, it's slightly different obviously than Austria, you have to qualify well here," he added. 

"It's more difficult to overtake, we have to see what we get and hopefully we can be a bit stronger here.

"It depends on so many things, it doesn't matter if there are no straights if your car doesn't handle at the right times. Qualifying is more important here, let's hope we're in a better grid position here."

George Russell and Nicholas Latifi have both confirmed they will be driving again for Williams in the 2021 Formula One season.

While already under contract with the team for next year, Russell is part of Mercedes' young driver stable and could have made the move if a seat became available.

However, with Valtteri Bottas set to stay put alongside world champion Lewis Hamilton, the Englishman revealed on Thursday he will be back for a third campaign with his current team.

"I signed a three-year deal with Williams and I'll be staying there for 2021, to build on last year and hopefully what this year turns out to be," Russell told the media, according to F1's official website.

Russell failed to register a point in his maiden F1 campaign last year, though he did complete all bar two of the 21 races in the calendar.

Asked if he was disappointed not to be heading to Mercedes, Russell replied: "No, I'm not disappointed in Mercedes at all.

"There was nothing more they could do. Claire [Williams, deputy team principal at Williams] was firm with her decision that she was not willing, or not ready to let me go, and ultimately as I have a contract with Williams, I have to respect that decision.

"So I'm here, I'll be giving everything I've got for Williams this year and into next year, and let's see what that holds after that."

Latifi, meanwhile, made his debut at the Austrian Grand Prix this month, having taken the seat at Williams vacated by Robert Kubica.

"I have a multi-year deal with the team, so yes I will be with the team in 2021," the Canadian said 

Hungarian Grand Prix organisers have announced that the race will be staged behind closed doors, if it goes ahead this year.

Formula One chief executive Chase Carey has revealed he hopes between 15 and 18 races can take place in a 2020 season that has yet to start due to the coronavirus crisis.

The French Grand Prix, scheduled for the end of June, became the 10th race to be postponed or cancelled, but it is hoped racing can get under way in Austria at the start of July.

With F1 bosses working on a revised schedule, Hungarian GP officials on Friday revealed that no fans will be allowed in the Hungaroring for the race on August 2.

A statement released by organisers said: "The Hungaroring team has been waiting until the very end and is still working with the international rights holder, but it has now become clear that we cannot hold the 35th Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix in front of spectators despite all our efforts."

The decision was made after the Hungarian government banned events with in excess of 500 spectators until August 15.

The statement continued: "In recent weeks, we have been constantly voicing that we are open to any solution in order to host the Grand Prix again this year, and it became clear yesterday that all this is only possible behind closed gates.

"We will continue to work with the international promoter to find the best possible solution."

Silverstone bosses also stated that spectators will not be allowed in to watch the British Grand Prix, scheduled for July 19.

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