Lewis Hamilton’s Lead on F1 Championship Extended to Eight Points

Lewis Hamilton’s Lead on F1 Championship Extended to Eight Points Photo: TT
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes-AMG F1 Team is seen after the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary, Aug 1, 2021.

The Hungarian Grand Prix released the corrected results of the F1 championship, with Lewis Hamiltons lead now extended to eight points.

In the final results on Sunday night, Sebastian Vettel of the Aston Martin team ended second. This was despite his disqualification due to fuel infringement. There was a note accompanying the results, which indicate it was provisional until an appeal from Aston Martin comes.

The Hungarian GP re-issued the results with Hamilton now in second while Vettel is disqualified. However, Aston Martin may still appeal.

In the re-issued results, Carlos Sainz of Ferrari moves up to the third place and earning a podium. All other racers behind him also moved up one place with Briton George Russell of Williams now at eight and Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo in 10th.

The re-shuffling also moved up Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Hamiltons title rival, from 10th place to the ninth. However, Hamilton earned extra points, which moved him from third to second with two net points from the Red Bull driver.

The first final results that came on Sunday had a disqualified driver in the position he finished in, against all precedent for the FIA. With the re-issued results, Formula 1s governing body has now corrected it.

Aston Martin expressed their intention to appeal. But they have not yet confirmed if they will go ahead with appealing against Vettels disqualification or not.

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