Hamilton among five drivers handed sanctions following Hungarian GP


Lewis Hamilton was one of five drivers to have penalty points added to his FIA super licence following an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The race saw a number of drivers come together out on track, whilst many were also caught out by a safety car and exceeded the speed limit behind it. Others also fell foul of the pit lane speed limit, giving themselves a penalty.

Here’s a run down of all of the incidents that the FIA stewards looked into across the course of the Hungarian Grand Prix and the penalties that have been applied.

Hamilton given two penalty points for Ricciardo clash

As well as receiving a drive-through penalty during the race for hitting Daniel Ricciardo on the restart of the race on lap 49, Lewis Hamilton has also been given two penalty points for his FIA super licence.

Hamilton eventually bounced back from the incident to finish the race in sixth place, extending his lead over Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship.

No action taken over Rosberg/Ricciardo incident

No action has been taken over the collision between Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo on lap 64 of the race that forced both to pit for repairs.

Rosberg sustained a puncture after hitting Ricciardo’s front wing, prompting the Australian driver to also pit for repairs. He was able to recover and finish in third place, whilst Rosberg dropped through the field to finish the race in eight place.

“The stewards examined the entire sequence of events leading up to the incident, and conclude that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame,” a statement following the race read.

Kvyat hit with time penalty and penalty points

Daniil Kvyat was adjudged to have gained an advantage by going off track when battling for position with Lewis Hamilton following the Mercedes driver’s run-in with Ricciardo. The stewards handed him a ten second time penalty (which had no impact on his second place finish) and two penalty points on his licence.

Verstappen given three penalty points

Max Verstappen was hit with a drive-through penalty for going too quickly under the safety car, and has also been given three penalty points on his licence for the incident. This takes his total to five in the last 12 months.

Verstappen avoided a further penalty for making contact with Valtteri Bottas, though, and finished the race in fourth place.

Lotus keeps the stewards busy

Pastor Maldonado had a busy day. In short: Overtook under safety car; broke the pit lane speed limit; hit Sergio Perez – all adds up to two penalty points and a ten second time penalty. He eventually finished 14th.

Romain Grosjean was also give two penalty points on his licence for an unsafe release from the pit lane at his first stop.

Raikkonen, Massa give five second penalties

Felipe Massa was handed a five second penalty at his first pit stop for taking up the wrong position on the grid for the planned start. Kimi Raikkonen would have had five seconds added on to his final time for pit lane speeding, but did not finish the race.

The race was won by Sebastian Vettel, whilst Daniil Kvyat bounced back from his penalty to lead home Daniel Ricciardo and secure a double podium for Red Bull.

Mario Andretti says Colton Herta could be next American star in F1

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Mario Andretti’s last Formula One victory is also the last by an American driver in more than 42 years on the international open-wheel road racing series.

If you had told Andretti that while he was celebrating on the Grand Prix of the Netherlands podium on Aug. 27, 1978 at the Vandzoort circuit, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“Absolutely not,” Andretti told Kyle Petty during the most recent “Coffee With Kyle” episode (video above). “It’s a shame. Somehow we have so much talent here, and either there’s no invitation or something there. But I think it’s time to give some of this young talent that, in my opinion, is absolutely capable.”

The Dutch GP was the last of Andretti’s 12 victories in F1 and came during his championship season. No one since has come close to matching his success in F1.

Mario Andretti drives his Lotus-Ford to victory in the 1978 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (Bernard Cahier/Getty Images).

Andretti’s son, Michael, took a full-time ride with McLaren in 1993 but left with three races remaining in a season marred by crashes and mechanical problems.

Scott Speed was the last American to run a full F1 season in 2006, and Alexander Rossi made the most recent F1 start by a U.S. driver in 2015. Rossi has said he has no desire to return to racing in Europe after winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and becoming an IndyCar championship contender.

But Mario Andretti believes Andretti Autosport has another rising star with F1-caliber ability.

“Colton Herta is one that comes to mind,” Mario Andretti said. “As a young lad, his dad sent him to Europe, he was doing Formula 3, and he knows most of the circuits there. He’s trained. He’s showed in his rookie season and won some premium races at COTA (and Laguna Seca), beat two of the very best Indy has to offer (in) Will Power and Scott Dixon.

“This is one kid I’d love to see him get a break over there to fly the U.S. colors again.”

Herta, 20, seems interested in exploring an F1 leap over the next few years. After winning Sept. 13 at Mid-Ohio from the pole position (his third career victory in the NTT IndyCar Series), the No. 88 Dallara-Honda driver is ranked fourth in the standings in his sophomore year and regarded as one of the series’ top prospects.

Herta recently told RACER.com “I’d love to give Formula 1 a crack” but said he also would be happy driving in IndyCar and IMSA.

A naturalized U.S. citizen who told Petty about spending several years with his family in an Italian refugee camp before coming to America, Mario Andretti said F1 brought an enormous sense of patriotic pride.

“Formula One is like the Olympics in a sense,” he said. “You’re in a different country, a different continent. When you earn that highest step of the podium, they play your national anthem. That’s when you take nothing for granted. You feel like I’m representing my country, and the proudest moments are those.

“I’d just like to see some other American drivers experience that. It’s time.”

Mario Andretti with four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton before the Nov. 22, 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).

During the “Coffee With Kyle” conversation, Andretti also discussed:

–His versatility as a winner in IndyCar, sports cars, NASCAR and Formula One;

–His 1967 Daytona 500 victory and how he enjoyed racing with crew chief Jake Elder at the famed Holman-Moody team;

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Mario Andretti and Kyle Petty saluted “The King” by wearing their Richard Petty-style hats during the latest “Coffee With Kyle” (NBCSN).

–Why he delayed his entry to F1 for a few years because of his earnings power in IndyCar. “I always say I’d race for free, but at the same time, you’re thinking of family and the future,” he said. “It was in the back of your mind that you can’t give up the earning power of IndyCar. That kept me from going full time in Formula One, but I always said that sometime in my career, I’d have to devote a period to Formula One.”

–On what it was like racing in an era when driver deaths were more prevalent. “If you’re going to do this, you’re not going to dwell on those negatives,” Andretti said. “There’s no way. You knew it was present. Especially in the ‘60s at the beginning of the season at the drivers meetings, you couldn’t help but look around and say, ‘I wonder who is not going to be here at the end of the season.’ We’d lose four to five guys. In ’64, we lost six guys.

“It’s something if you dwell on that, you’re going to take on a different profession. It’s a desire and love to want to drive that overcame all that and then the confidence it’s not going to happen to me. And then you pray.”

Watch the full “Coffee With Kyle” episode in the video above or by clicking here.

Mario Andretti looks on before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).