Remember when Hungary was viewed as one of the worst races? Can't remember the last bad Hungarian Grand Prix. That one really took the piss. Brilliant. The Alonso Hamilton battle was one of the highlights of the last few years. People bum overtaking but there's a real art to great defensive driving that I actually think is more impressive than getting an overtake done. We've lost a lot of those battles due to DRS making overtaking easy on most tracks and midfield teams becoming overly conservative and flat-out letting faster cars past them without a fight to maximise their own race. Today we saw the perfect cocktail of DRS actually working as it should, allowing the car behind to keep up but still having to work to get the overtake done, Hamilton on one of his trademark hard charges and Alonso, who is the best current driver by far at putting his car in all the right places while skirting the line between what's allowed and what isn't.
I'll maintain that Hamilton and Mercedes are lucky to be leading both championships. Hamilton drove brilliantly today as he has all season, and as Max has as well. They're both going to get the maximum out of the car on basically every lap and the difference is going to be on who makes more mistakes. You'd think given their relative experience that it would be Max but it really hasn't. Some people have been trying to establish a narrative following the Silverstone incident that Max should have been more careful but all sane analysis that I've seen has pretty much agreed that, at worse, it was a 50/50 incident where Max and Red Bull ultimately took all of the damage in terms of championship points. Outside of that incident, Lewis made major mistakes in Imola and Baku as I described earlier. Nobody can really point to a big mistake by Verstappen.