Sebastian Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari after a dismal afternoon for Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton’s luck was awful from the off, making a terrible start alongside his team-mate, allowing the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to take first and second places in the first lap.
The defending champion then veered off the track into the gravel, blaming Rosberg for forcing him off, and then he was playing catch-up for the rest of the afternoon.
“Today was weird. Do I deserve any points? I didn’t give up and drove as hard as I could,” said Hamilton. “To come away from one of the worst performances I’ve put in in a long, long time… it shows we are human.
“I was all over the place. I don’t have any words to explain what happened today. It was a really bad performance from myself.
“I pushed and never gave up but when I had two different choices I chose the wrong one every time.”
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A very unusual safety car procession followed about two-thirds of the way through the race, as Nico Hulkenberg’s front wing collapsed, leaving all sorts of debris on the track and forcing the cars through the pit lane to allow the marshals to clear the carbon fibre obstacles.
Raikkonen suffered power problems in the latter stages, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo drove brilliantly to cut through the field, eventually settling into third behind Vettel and Rosberg.
But when Ricciardo looked to dart past the Mercedes, there was contact, damaging the Red Bull’s wing and ripping Rosberg’s tyre to shreds.
It left the path clear for Vettel to cruise through the final two laps, and allowedDaniil Kvyat to take second. Ricciardo still managed a distant third – and Hamilton eventually clawed his way into sixth.