Ocon takes his maiden win, Vettel is disqualified and Williams record a double points finish. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix!
OCON TAKES HIS MAIDEN WIN
Esteban Ocon became the 111th and latest different driver to win a World Championship Formula 1 race. Prior to Sunday, Ocon had scored only once previously at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with a ninth place finish in 2017.
Ocon is the first driver to win from eighth on the grid since Fernando Alonso at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Frenchman is the eighteenth driver to win at the Hungarian Grand Prix. He is the fifth different driver to take his maiden win here – the first to do so since Heikki Kovalainen in 2008.
Ocon recorded the first victory for Alpine in Formula 1. It was Team Enstone’s first win since Kimi Raikkonen was victorious at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, and the team’s first win in Hungary since Fernando Alonso’s victory for Renault in 2003.
Ocon has now led the third-most laps of any driver in the 2021 season. This was the first time that a driver for the Enstone-based team led a lap of a race since Romain Grosjean led for Lotus at the 2013 United States Grand Prix.
Esteban Ocon is the first French driver to win with a French team using a French engine since Alain Prost, who won for Renault at the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix.
This was the first victory for a Renault-powered car since Max Verstappen won the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix with Red Bull.
Ocon’s win marks the first time that the driver who started eighth has finished on the podium at the Hungaroring.
Sebastian Vettel finished as runner-up at the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, but was disqualified for being unable to supply a fuel sample. At the time of writing, the final result pending the decision of an appeal by Aston Martin.
If Vettel’s second place stands, it would be the Silverstone-based team’s best ever Hungarian Grand Prix result.
Should Vettel’s disqualification stand, it would be the first time a driver has been disqualified since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, when both Renault drivers were disqualified. Vettel would be the second driver to be disqualified in Hungary. Robert Kubica, in 2006, is the only other driver to have been disqualified at the Hungaroring.
ON THE PODIUM
For the first time since 2017, Lewis Hamilton failed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, Hamilton became the first driver to record ten podiums at the Hungaroring, as well as the third driver to have reached the chequered flag on 250 occasions.
Hamilton’s podium means that Mercedes are the fourth team to reach 250 top three finishes in Formula 1. Mercedes are the first team to achieve the feat since Williams at the 2000 Belgian Grand Prix.
A disqualification for Vettel would promote Carlos Sainz into the podium positions. It would be the Spaniard’s fourth podium – meaning he has celebrated only half of his podium finishes by actually standing on the rostrum.
Sainz is the first driver to record a top four finish having started from fifteenth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
If Vettel is not disqualified, this would be the first time that the drivers starting 1st, 8th and 10th have finished together on the podium in Formula 1. If he is disqualified, it would be the first time that the drivers starting 1st, 8th and 15th have finished on the podium together.
Vettel’s disqualification would also mean that this is the first F1 race in which a French driver, a British driver and a Spanish driver have finished on the podium together.
IN THE POINTS
After Vettel’s disqualification, Fernando Alonso finished fourth in the Hungarian Grand Prix. With Esteban Ocon winning the race, it marks the first time that both of the Enstone-based team’s cars have finished in the top four since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix.
This was Fernando Alonso’s first top five result in Hungary since 2015. The Spaniard has scored on every appearance at the Hungaroring since 2010. Alonso led two laps of the race. It’s the first time he has led a race since the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix and the first time that both of the Enstone team’s cars have led a lap of a Grand Prix since the 2013 German Grand Prix.
For the first time since the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix, both of the Red Bull junior team’s drivers scored points at the Hungaroring. Every time Pierre Gasly has finished in Hungary, he has finished on the road in sixth place. Meanwhile, Yuki Tsunoda equalled his best result in Formula 1 with seventh place. Those positions will become fifth and sixth if Vettel’s disqualification stands – which would make this the first time since the 2019 German Grand Prix that both of the Red Bull junior team’s drivers have finished in the top six. Sixth place for Yuki Tsunoda would also be the best result for a Japanese driver in Formula 1 since Kamui Kobayashi’s sixth place at the 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Pierre Gasly set the fastest lap of the race – the first time he has done so since the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix.
Tsunoda’s points-scoring result means he has a 100% points finish rate in Hungary. There are only three other drivers with a 100% points-scoring rate in Hungary: Alexander Albon, Antônio Pizzonia and Johnny Dumfries.
Max Verstappen finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in ninth place. That’s the worst result for the driver starting third at the Hungaroring since Felipe Massa retired from the 2008 race.
Kimi Raikkonen finished on the road in eleventh place, but will be promoted into the points if Vettel’s disqualification stands. It would be his second points-scoring appearance of 2021, having also finished tenth at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen scoring, this was the first race in which two drivers over the age of 40 have scored in over 50 years! Jack Brabham and Graham Hill both scored points over the age of 40 at the 1970 British Grand Prix.
WILLIAMS SCORE RARE POINTS
It was a great day for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix, who scored points with both cars. It was the first time that Williams have picked up points since Robert Kubica scored at the 2019 German Grand Prix. Furthermore, it was the first time that both Williams drivers have finished in the points since the 2018 Italian Grand Prix and the first time both Williams drivers have scored in Hungary since 2014. It was the first time both drivers have finished in the top eight since the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.
Williams scored more points over the last two race weekends than Red Bull. The team also scored more points at the Hungarian Grand Prix than they did in the last three seasons (or the last 69 races) combined.
While George Russell scored the first points for a driver starting seventeenth on the grid since Sergio Perez at the 2020 Styrian Grand Prix, Nicholas Latifi became the first driver to score points at the Hungarian Grand Prix having started eighteenth on the grid. But Latifi’s seventh (or eighth, depending on Vettel’s disqualification) is not the best ever result from this grid slot at the Hungaroring. Martin Donnelly finished seventh for Lotus at the 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Sebastian Vettel’s disqualification would mean that Mick Schumacher recorded his best Formula 1 finish to date with twelfth place. His previous best result was thirteenth, recorded at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Finishing on track in 14th place, Antonio Giovinazzi recorded his best Hungarian Grand Prix result to date.
With Lando Norris retiring and Daniel Ricciardo finishing outside of the points, this was the first race at which McLaren have failed to score since the 2020 Russian Grand Prix. It’s also the first time McLaren have not scored in Hungary since 2004.
This was the 34th F1 race to have as many as four cars out on the first lap. It was the first time so many cars have been out on the first lap since the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix.
For the first time in his career, Valtteri Bottas recorded a first lap retirement. This was Bottas’ third retirement of the 2021 season and his first non-finish in Hungary since his debut season. It was also the first retirement for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix since Nico Rosberg failed to finish in 2013.
Lando Norris’ retirement means that his 15-race points-scoring streak – the longest ever for a McLaren driver – comes to an end. This was Norris’, and McLaren’s, first retirement since the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
Caught up in the first corner crash, Sergio Perez recorded his first retirement since the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Lance Stroll was another of the first lap casualties. It marked the first time that he failed to finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc’s retirement marked the first time in 2021 that the driver starting seventh on the grid has failed to finish the race.
Nikita Mazepin recorded his second non-finish – his first since the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Every time that a Haas driver has retired in Hungary, the other driver has finished on the road in thirteenth place. It also happened in 2017 and 2019.
For the first time since 1995, four races in the 2021 season have been red-flagged. This was the first time in its history that the Hungarian Grand Prix has been red-flagged.
There were only fourteen finishers at the Hungarian Grand Prix – the fewest number of finishers since the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, when only twelve cars reached the chequered flag.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.