Valtteri Bottas takes out Red Bulls in wild first lap crash in Hungarian Grand Prix
Formula 1 action took a wild turn in the very first lap at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas broke away too late and crashed into McLaren’s Lando Norris. With everyone still positioning themselves after the waving of the checkered flag, there was a lot of collateral damage in the collision.
Check out the chaotic F1 scene below:
Valtteri Bottas takes out both Red Bull drivers on lap 1, officially securing his seat with Mercedes for 2022.https://t.co/mu1eLcpxBB
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The incident knocked back both Red Bulls in Max Verstappen and Checo Perez, with Perez ultimately retiring from the race entirely. Verstappen, meanwhile, lost some body work in the melee.
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Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll were also forced out early. Lando Norris, who was the first to get hit, was eventually deemed out of the Hungarian Grand Prix as well.
The crash leaves Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton both without their teammates as the F1 race resumes.
Via The Guardian’s F1 coverage:
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.
With major Formula 1 stakes still on the line, the rest of the race is sure to be just as exciting.