“In honor of Jules Bianchi, 1989-2015.”

It’s amazing how the landscape in F1 can so quickly change. Three weeks ago, we were celebrating a brilliant British Grand Prix, a race that F1 so desperately needed after a season that had everyone in the community pointing fingers at each other. And then, we lost Jules Bianchi. And just like that, Motorsport fans gathered together at the Hungaroring and paid their last respects to what was an excellent talent. RIP Jules.

And with his name still ringing in so many people’s ears, Formula 1 put on an incredible show, and in what was arguably the craziest race since Canada 2011, it was the calm head of Sebastian Vettel that led it pretty much from start to finish, taking advantage of yet another bad start from Mercedes. But this race had so much more than that to it, so, of course, let’s try to make some sense of it here with my Hungarian Grand Prix Review!

Sebastian keeping his cool

Through all the craziness, the only consistent factor in the GP, was that Sebastian Vettel led from Turn 1, all the way to the end, with one of the best drivers of his career. Yes, he took advantage of another Mercedes dreadful clutch, but the opportunity was on a plate, and he took full advantage. Heck of a job for Kimi Raikkonen to pass both Mercs from 4th as well. And what was most surprising about all this, was that he led from the front, unopposed. Mercedes, just didn’t have an answer for him, or Kimi, something that’s only happened once before, and the Malaysian race felt more like a superior strategy call than a straight up beatdown.

After the Safety Car, Seb does what he does better than anyone in the field, put the wall up and survive. He did just enough to keep the rampant Rosberg and Ricciardo behind, even more so with Kimi the rear gunner gone with an MGU failure. Danny and Nico never got close enough to try a move, very reminiscent of Monaco 2011, only with the odds even more stacked against him. Sure, the dirty air factored against him, but Hungary had far more passes going for it this time around than in other years.

With this win, Sebastian claimed his 41st career victory, tying him for third on the all-time list alongside the great Ayrton Senna. In 12 less races too. Whatever your stance, we’re talking about two