Tales from the paddock: From Budapest to Spa-Francorchamps, it’s been an action-packed race weekend

Tales from the paddock: From Budapest to Spa-Francorchamps, it’s been an action-packed race weekend

Aug 4, 2021

While Formula One was staging a spectacular contest in Hungary as a prelude to the summer break, the GT pros descended on Spa-Francorchamps for one of the season’s standout fixtures

  • This is what happened: Results and facts
  • News from the Mercedes-AMG Motorsport teams
  • Social media news: What’s new online?

This is what happened: Results and facts

  • F1: Lewis Hamilton finishes Hungarian Grand Prix in runner-up spot
  • 24 Hours of Spa: One-two win for Mercedes-AMG in the Silver-Cup
  • GT4 European Series: P2 for Mercedes-AMG GT4 in race one at Spa-Francorchamps

Facts & Figures from Hungary: The Hungarian Grand Prix brought the first half of the Formula One season to a close, and the teams and drivers are now off on their summer break. But before they could start recovering from their exertions and recharging their mental batteries, they had to contend with an action-packed Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest, characterised by a wet-weather build-up, a red flag and a determined charge through the field by Lewis. The team’s starting position could hardly have been better after qualifying, with Lewis and Valtteri in a front row lockout. For Lewis, it was a 75th pole position as a Mercedes-Benz driver, while for the team, it was the 214th pole in the premier class of motor racing, a tally that takes the brand with the three-pointed star past Renault and into second place on the all-time manufacturers’ leaderboard. The race got off to a disastrous start for Valtteri, who was forced to retire after a mass pile-up on the rain-soaked track. Lewis was then dropped to the back of the field after the restart because, unlike all of the other drivers left in the race, he did not pit immediately for a tyre change. Lewis was obliged to mount a furious charge from 14th place, in the course of which he pulled off several bold overtaking moves. He eventually crossed the finish line in third place after a thrilling final lap, but a subsequent disqualification for Sebastian Vettel bumped him up to second. The 2021 F1 season resumes after the summer break on the weekend of 27 ‑ 29 August with the Belgian Grand Prix on the Spa-Francorchamps rollercoaster in the Ardennes Forest.

One-two finish for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport in class and vital championship points in the Spa 24 Hours: For the second year in a row, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport has won the Silver Cup classification in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. The number 90 Mercedes-AMG GT3 fielded by Madpanda Motorsport led the class for almost the entire duration of the race. After 551 intense laps on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Rik Breukers NED), Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG), Patrick Kujala (FIN) and Ricardo Sanchez (MEX) finished eleventh overall to secure victory in the fiercely contested Silver Cup. Toksport WRT’s Marvin Dienst (GER), Axcil Jefferies (ZIM), Paul Petit (FRA) and Oscar Tunjo (COL) finished 13th overall and second in class to complete the one-two. The number 7 car had initially started the endurance classic from the pit lane, but steadily worked its way through to the front as the race progressed. Driving the final stint, Dienst moved up to second place in class, a position which he then defended all the way to the finish line as heavy rain began to set in.

The best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the general classification was the number 89 AKKA ASP driven by Lucas Auer (AUT), Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) and Felipe Fraga (BRA) which finished tenth. The high-performance Mercedes-AMGs were not blessed with the best of luck in the 73rd running of this endurance classic. The number 4 and 88 cars of Mercedes-AMG teams HRT and AKKA ASP respectively had to retire early from the race after sustaining damage. Nonetheless, the pole position booked by Raffaele Marciello (ITA) and solid intermediate positions at the six-hour mark and the halfway point earned AKKA ASP a worthwhile points haul towards the overall standings in the GT World Challenge Europe. Marciello goes into the next rounds of the competition on 28 and 29 August at Brands Hatch in the UK occupying second place in the drivers’ standings.

Podium successes in the GT4 European Series: The GT4 European Series staged its seventh and eighth races of the season in the framework of the 24-hour endurance classic. AKKA ASP claimed a fourth overall podium of the current campaign, courtesy of the number 88 car.  Timothé Buret and Paul Evrard (both FRA) improved from fourth on the grid to second place in the first of the two one-hour races. The number 34 Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Selleslagh Racing Team driven by Luca Bosco (ITA) and Maxime Soulet (BEL) took the runner-up spot twice in the Pro-Am class.

Social Media News

#F1Development: Upgrades for a F1 car are anything but straightforward. For every component, no matter how big or small, there are multiple stages, from design to testing and from production to the track. So how do F1 teams go about developing their cars?

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#FactoryFriday: Last Friday, for our weekly series, we looked at what happens in the Race Support Room at Brackley. Quite a lot, actually. After all, there were two free practice sessions going on in Hungary.

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#MercedesAMGMotorsport #Spa24h: In the face of daunting weather conditions at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing teams Madpanda Motorsport and Toksport WRT celebrated a one-two win in the Silver Cup. We bring you the thrilling finish of the endurance classic in this video. 

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#34 Mercedes-AMG GT4, Selleslagh Racing Team
#74 Mercedes-AMG GT4, CD Sport
#15 Mercedes-AMG GT4, NM Racing Team
#88 Mercedes-AMG GT4, AKKA ASP Team
Toksport WRT (2nd place) and Madpanda Motorsport (1st place) at the podium ceremony
#90 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Madpanda Motorsport
#7 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Toksport WRT and #40 Mercedes-AMG GT3, SPS automotive performance
Start of the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa
Raffaele Marciello, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP, after the Super Pole session
#4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT
#87 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP Team
#89 Mercedes-AMG GT3, AKKA ASP Team
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton
Formula One - Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hungarian GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton