“The Hungaroring is an impossible circuit for overtaking” – many racing drivers.
“Watch this” – Charles Leclerc.
The Monegasque driver put in a surpreme qualifying performance in Hungary to take his seventh consecutive pole position.
But then, a technical infringement meant he was excluded and sent to the back of the grid. Bad news for him, good news for us.
Leclerc's onboard start. Starting from the back of the grid? No problem for him 😎 pic.twitter.com/P3Vo5pSD3p
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That’s because, we know how well he can race and recover from a poor grid position. And he didn’t disappoint us.
On the first lap alone, he went from 19th to 11th, which included making up five positions at the first corner.
Later in the race, on the restart, Leclerc – who is testing for Ferrari next week – managed to complete a three-car pass at Turn 1 after those ahead got bunched up on the exit.
Charles Leclerc passes 3 cars at the restart – that's 19th to 6th now.
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He was in amazing form and ended up finishing fourth, in part thanks to another dramatic moment with a few laps remaining.
Artem Markelov was attempting a move on Oliver Rowland for the lead on the main straight and darted to the right, just as his rival did the same.
Markelov’s Russian Time bumped across the grass violently and spun off into the barrier. This eliminated him and gave Rowland an easy win, due to the safety car being deployed for the rest of the race.