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A crash on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix put an ended to both Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, but both drivers were victims of another driver’s mistake.
Guanyu Zhou was a star of qualifying, achieving his best ever qualifying result in fifth place. His start was horrible, as his car went into anti-stall.
That put him into the midfield, among Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo. The Chinese driver hit the back of the returning Australian, who then lost control of his Alpha Tauri.
He was not able to avoid Ocon and hit the rear end of his car. The Frenchman in turn could not react and went over the top of his teammate’s car.
Both Alpines returned to the pits, but retired just one lap into the race. It had already been a disastrous weekend for Alpine, which had seen both its cars eliminated in Q2 yesterday.
Ricciardo continued in the last position among the remaining eighteen cars, but thankfully escaped damage and continued without pitting.
Zhou, who had started fifth, continued down in sixteenth, but was penalised for causing the incident. He earned a five-second penalty, which he served in his first pit stop. His great chance at his best Formula 1 result is now ruined though, as even a points finish is looking very slim, to say the least.
Hungarian GP Crash: The video
Here is the incident, onboard with Daniel Ricciardo, who is of course making his first start of the season, as he is replacing Nyck de Vries at Alpha Tauri.
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This is the second significant crash of the weekend, the first involving Sergio Perez, who crashed just three minutes into the first practice session, on Friday.
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