Lap 11/70. Up front, Vettel, the old stager, is closing in on Ocon, whose lead is cut to 1.1sec. Latifi is eight seconds further back. Hamilton’s been told over the radio that his brake temperature is too high, so the champion has yet more to think about, back in 13th. What an afternoon this is shaping up to be.
Lap 10/70. Hamilton comes on the inside past Giovanazzi to gain a place. Verstappen tries similar on Schumacher but can’t manage it. Both are outside the top 10. Giovanazzi’s copped a 10-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Lap 9/70. Hamilton’s got his despondent voice on over the radio, his team exhorting him that he can still do this. He tries to overtake Giovanazzi but can’t quite make it, he’s got some momentum though
Lap 8/70. Verstappen overhauls Gasly to move up to 11th. Ocon leads by 1.8 sec. Vettel is second and Latifi, who’s never been this high up the field in F1, is third.
Lap 7/70. Mazepin is now out of the race, colliding with Raikkonen as he was released in the pit lane. The craziness continues
Lap 6/70. It’s chaotic once again out there in a different way. And here’s how they now line up: Ocon leads from Vettel, Latifi, Tsunoda and Sainz. Verstappen is 11th and Hamilton 14th. Dizzying stuff.
Lap 5/70.The luckless George Russell has a puncture as Hamilton pits. Ocon leads
Lap 4/70. Hamilton hasn’t made enough time to pit and stay in front. Have Mercedes blundered?
Lights out and away we go again!
Hamilton the only driver who didn’t start from the pits!
They’re on the formation lap on a now-dry track! So how long will all those intermediate tyres now last? Ocon and Sainz are duly changing tyres. As is Tsunoda. They’ll be joining from the pit lane!
A similarly unhappy Lando Norris has said a penalty should be considered for Bottas over the crash. If there’s any consolation for the McLaren man, currently third in the world championship standings, it’s that the three drivers behind him are also out of the race so can’t encroach on his position.
A disconsolate Perez confirms that he’s lost an engine, which will mean a penalty later in the season too.
They’re beavering away on Verstappen’s car to great effect, the Dutchman himself looking stern and anxious behind his mask. A hell of a test of temperament to come for him. Both he and Hamilton will be driving without teammates from here on in, both Perez and Bottas falling victim to that first corner carnage.
Race to resume at 2.32pm BST
They’ve just confirmed. Meanwhile Lando Norris is also out. Pandemonium.
And here’s how they now stand anyway ahead of resumption: 1 Hamilton 2 Ocon 3 Vettel 4 Sainz 5 Tsunoda 6 Latifi 7 Alonso 8 Russell 9 Raikkonen 10 Schumacher. And poor old Max Verstappen is back in 13th.
There will be recriminations from this, but it’s perhaps not wholly unsurprising given the sudden arrival of conditions with which the drivers had not been familiar during practice and qualifications.
“Bottas caused it all. I simply can’t wait for Horner’s whinge off!” writes Hugh Molloy. It’s certainly not-raining-but-pouring for Red Bull at the minute. Verstappen’s currently in the pits for repairs but will start way down the field.
They’re stopping the race, to deal with the considerable debris on the track.
Leclerc, Perez, Stroll and Bottas are all out of of the race
Lap 2/70. Right, let’s try and pick through that. Bottas broke way too late, prompting Norris to bump him, Verstappen and Perez – both the Red Bulls – being taken out in the tumult. The safety car is out. Verstappen appears to have lost some body work.
Lap 1/70 Chaos early on, three or four cars come off at the first turn, and Verstappen has sustained damage and dropped down the field. Perez too. Hamilton leads!
Lights out and away we go!
And they’re off. Giovanazzi comes into the pits already for a tyre change
It’s been pointed out that Verstappen may get an advantage from starting over the grid spot kept dry by Hamilton, whereas the man in pole goes straight onto a wet surface.
They’re on the formation lap now with this steady rain forecast for 25 minutes.
There’s another race going on very soon of course, but it’ll only take a few seconds, so dash back:
The rain is now falling as the anthem is played.
Christian Horner has been expanding on Verstappen having to change his engine this morning. After starting with an expression of condolence to the family and friends of the marshal who died at Brands Hatch yesterday. Horner told Sky that the engine was shown to their team in Japan for visual checks after Red Bull noticed a crack had appeared in the engine after running yesterday. “It’s another consequence of the incident at Silverstone,” said the Red Bull supremo. “We’ve had to replace it with another power unit – there’s no grid penalty here but it does make life tough to stay within three power units for the rest of the season. It’s repairable but we certainly couldn’t run it here today.”
Rain is expected in 15 minutes’ time, we’re told. Hamilton’s a master of the wet of course.
Here’s a reminder of yesterday’s qualifying shenanigans with our man in Hungary, Giles Richards:
Lewis Hamilton executed with sublime precision to take pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix but the Mercedes driver received a blunt and boorish reception by some fans for his efforts. Red Bull accused him of gamesmanship and he was booed as he climbed from his car at the Hungaroring after a qualifying session in Budapest that will have done little to ease the tension between the two teams. The title is on a knife edge and tempers, too, are being tested.
Verstappen’s been bigging up his huge Dutch following at the Hungaroring. “It’s great to see such support.” His pithy assessment of the challenge ahead: “I need to break a bit later into turn one.” A slightly chirpier response than his “Can we already stop about this? We have had so many ****ing questions about this.” yesterday when asked about the Silverstone crash.
Lewis Hamilton has been speaking to Sky about his bid to win his 100th race. “I can remember the dream of just getting one so am very grateful and happy,” he said, “I was talking to my garage earlier about hall the special people I’ve had the pleasure of working with, its’ a testament to teamwork.” On today’s challenge, with his teammate Bottas on different tyres, he added: “The weather is windy, and holding the two behind at the start will be key but it won’t be the end of the world if we lose those positions as our tyres can go longer. Valtteri did an amazing job yesterday to get second”.
Here’s how they line up on the grid:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes 2 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes 3 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 4 Sergio Perez (Mex) Red Bull 5 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia AlphaTauri 6 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 7 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 8 Esteban Ocon (Fra) Alpine 9 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Alpine 10 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Aston Martin 11 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) McLaren 12 Lance Stroll (Can) Aston Martin 13 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:17.564, 14 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 15 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) Ferrari. 16 Yuki Tsunoda (Jpn) Scuderia AlphaTauri 17 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 18 Nicholas Latifi (Can) Williams 19 Nikita Mazepin (Raf) Haas F1 20 Mick Schumacher (Ger) Haas F No Time Set
Well, we’ve got ourselves a world title race, and a feisty one at that. What a few weeks ago was looking like a fairly frictionless glide to the title for Max Verstappen and Red Bull is now a proper dogfight. Lewis Hamilton’s contentious win at Silverstone has reignited the the seven-times champion’s campaign, as well as sparking beef between Mercedes and Red Bull to match that of the Lions and Springboks in South Africa.
And Verstappen’s unhappiness at the manner in which he crashed out of the British Grand Prix was compounded by a tetchy qualifying session yesterday, with Hamilton claiming pole and Red Bull accusing Mercedes of gamesmanship for going too slowly on their out lap and backing up their rivals. Hamilton was having none of it, claiming “those making the comments really don’t know anything about the job we are doing here”. But they copped some boos from the crowd to stoke things further.
Still, Hamilton likes it at the Hungaroring, having won here seven times, including the past three races here. He won from pole last year, pipping Verstappen and his teammate Valtteri Bottas to top spot on the podium. The two Mercedes drivers are in the front row today and an enticing race awaits. Bring it.