Sebastian Vettel delivered an emotional high-speed tribute to his late colleague Jules Bianchi on Sunday once he stormed to finish for Ferrari in an exceedingly dramatic and incident-filled Hungarian Grand Prix.
The four-time world champion claimed his second finish of the season and forty first of his career — drawing him level with the late Brazilian legend Ayrton senna in equal third on the uncomparable list — after leading from the beginning to dominate an exhilarating and unpredictable contest.
The Red Bull pair of Russian Daniil Kvyat and Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished in second and third respectively.
The vehemence of the competition, lit up by Vettel’s blazing speed and perseverance, served as an applicable tribute to Frenchman Bianchi, who died on July seventeen from injuries sustained once he collided with a recovery vehicle in torrential rain at ultimate of October’s Japanese Grand Prix.
A minute’s silence for Bianchi, a Ferrari academy protege, before the race created an emotional atmosphere that was mirrored within the action and in Vettel’s speech to the Ferrari team on his triumphant slow-down lap.
“Merci Jules, c’est a toi,” aforesaid the winner. “Thank you Jules, you may invariably be in our hearts… This win is for you.”
It was Vettel’s initial finish in Republic of Hungary, and 21-year-old Kvyat’s first career podium – the most effective ever by a Russian driver — as Red Bull made a reminder of their pedigree. it had been the primary podium this year without a Mercedes driver.
Dutch juvenile Jos Verstappen finished fourth for Toro Rosso — on a track where his father Jos finished on stage in 1994 — prior to two-time champion European Fernando Alonso who delivered the troubled McLaren Honda team’s best results of the year in fifth place.
Series leader and defensive two-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton finished sixth, once ranging from position, for Mercedes to enlarge his advantage within the title race once a day of incidents, mishaps and penalties.
Frenchman Romain Grosjean came home seventh for Lotus prior to German Nico Rosberg, who suffered a puncture in the closing laps once he appeared certain to end second for Mercedes, and Briton Jenson Button, who was ninth within the second McLaren.
Swede Marcus Ericsson scored a valuable purpose for Sauber by taking tenth position in an exceedingly troubled end.