Vettel dedicates Hungarian GP win to Jules Bianchi


Sebastian Vettel dedicated his victory in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix to Jules Bianchi following the Frenchman’s death at the age of 25 last week.

Bianchi passed away nine days ago following a nine month fight against severe head injuries sustained in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix back in October, and was laid to rest on Tuesday.

An emotional weekend in Hungary was capped off with a race to remember as Vettel managed to keep his cool whilst all about him were losing theirs, storming to his second victory of the season.

Vettel made a heartfelt message to the team over the radio after crossing the line about Bianchi, and dedicated his victory to the Frenchman when speaking on the podium after the race.

“Incredible day, but I think this victory is for Jules,” Vettel said.

“We know that is has been an incredibly tough week, and it’s I think for all of us very difficult, so this one is for him, and especially all the people at Ferrari.

“We knew sooner or later he would have been part of our team, part of our family. This victory is for Jules.”

Vettel seized the lead after making a great start from third place on the grid, and looked poised to claim an easy victory before a safety car period wiped away his advantage.

Despite coming under pressure from Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo late on, Vettel managed to stay ahead and bring his car home for his first win in Hungary.

“It was definitely from our point of view no need for [the safety car], but it obviously made it a lot more interesting at the end,” Vettel said.

“We had a great start, and obviously it was crucial to get in the lead straightaway. The car was difficult but great to drive. It has been a great race. We showed great pace.

“Thank you very much to the team for the recovery since Friday. Today it just came together, and despite the safety car, we still managed to win. This one is for the team as well.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.