F1 LIVE: Leclerc almost concedes title to Verstappen after another Ferrari error

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Aston Martin has confirmed the shocking signing of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel next season, in big news to kick off the F1 summer break.

The 41-year-old is leaving Alpine after two years and has signed a “multi-year contract” with Aston after four-time world champion Vettel announced his retirement last week.

Alonso, whose deal with Alpine expired at the end of the season, was expected to sign an extension but has opted for a new challenge to work with Lance Stroll at Aston – with Alpine now looking for an extra seat for 2023 next to Esteban Ocon.

The news comes after the final race of the season at Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen storming from P10 to win his eighth race of the season, with Lewis Hamilton taking his fifth podium in a row in second and Mercedes teammate George Russell in the third.

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Ferrari had another Sunday to soon forget as Charles Leclerc suffered a tire choice wrong to finish sixth, while Carlos Sainz was also let down on strategic decisions and came home fourth.

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Lucas Di Grassi wins second race at E-Prix in London, British star Jake Dennis misses double

Lucas Di Grassi took his first ABB FIA Formula E World Championship win of the season in a dramatic second race of the 2022 SABIC London E-Prix double-header.

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It looked to be a dream weekend for Avalanche Andretti’s Jake Dennis in front of a packed home crowd, as the Nuneaton man started on pole looking for consecutive wins in London, only for former champion Di Grassi to spoil the Brit’s party by taking the win from second place in round 14 at the ExCeL London.

The lead changed hands between Di Grassi and Dennis several times as attack mode came into play, but it was the 37-year-old from Sao Paulo whose strategy won as he was able to get out front and then let his experience see to hold on to until the checkered flag.

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It was also a great race to end a great weekend, for Mercedes-EQ’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished fourth and extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship to 36 points with 58 to play for, after co title challengers Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing), Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara failed to score a point. Evans, in particular, was heartbroken after a mechanical breakdown caused his car to retire with fourth place just minutes before the race.

But the day went to Di Grassi, who finished ahead of Dennis and Nyck de Vries, who completed the podium, and he was quick to praise his team for perfect race strategy after a great performance.

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F1 News: RACE REPORT – Max Verstappen wins Hungarian Grand Prix from 10th place as Mercedes earns another double podium

Max Verstappen won the Hungarian Grand Prix after another Ferrari strategy blunder cost Charles Leclerc a likely victory.

Verstappen crossed the line 7.8 seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton, following a late advance by the seven-time world champion, with George Russell in third. Leclerc finished sixth and now follows Verstappen with 80 points en route to the sport’s summer break.

After overcoming 30 laps of pole man Russell’s resistance to take the lead with a brilliant move around the outside of the Mercedes in Turn 1, Leclerc looked on course to take the checkered flag. But the Monegask’s afternoon was ruined – and his championship hopes dealt an almost irreversible blow – when Ferrari chose to put their star driver on the hardest rubber.

From the fastest man on the track, Leclerc suddenly had no speed and he was swallowed by Verstappen, who started 10th, at the start of lap 40. Verstappen spun in the penultimate corner on the same lap to put Leclerc back in the lead.

But that was his lack of pace on a strategy rejected by tire supplier Pirelli, Verstappen was back past the Ferrari and raced away from his beleaguered rival into corner two five laps later. From then on, Verstappen’s eighth win of his championship defense was never jeopardized, with a second title in as many years looking increasingly likely.

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F1 news: ‘Very difficult’ – Charles Leclerc almost concedes F1 title to Max Verstappen after Ferrari blunder

Charles Leclerc almost conceded the world championship to Max Verstappen after admitting it will be “very difficult” to stop his rival after another Ferrari blunder at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Verstappen is benefiting from an 80-point lead in the sport’s one-month shutdown – the equivalent of more than three wins with just nine left to play – after taking the eighth win of his title defense at the Hungaroring after an excellent drive from the 10th on the grid.

Lewis Hamilton started seventh and finished second – after his late charge through the field – with pole sitter George Russell third. After Leclerc overcame Russell’s 30-lap resistance to take the lead in Turn 1, he looked destined to win.

But the Monegask’s afternoon was ruined – and his championship hopes dealt an almost irreversible blow – when Ferrari chose to put their star driver on the hardest rubber. It was a strategy rejected by tire supplier Pirelli, and one Verstappen said his Red Bull team wasn’t even considering.

From the fastest man at the Hungaroring, Leclerc suddenly had no speed and was swallowed by Verstappen at the start of lap 40. Verstappen spun in the penultimate corner on the same lap to bring Leclerc back up to the front. But that was Leclerc’s dramatic loss of pace, as Verstappen raced past his beleaguered rival into the second corner with ease five laps later. An extra pit stop saw him cross the line in a desperate sixth.

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BREAKING NEWS: Fernando Alonso signs for Aston Martin as Spaniard replaces Sebastian Vettel for 2023

Aston Martin has confirmed the shocking signing of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso to replace Sebastian Vettel next season.

The 41-year-old is leaving Alpine after two years and has signed a “multi-year contract” with Aston after four-time world champion Vettel announced his retirement last week.

Alonso, whose deal with Alpine expired at the end of the season, was expected to sign an extension but has opted for a new challenge to work with Lance Stroll at Aston – with Alpine now looking for an extra seat for 2023 next to Esteban Ocon.

Alpine has highly regarded Australian Oscar Piastri – last year’s Formula 2 champion – as their reserve driver and this looks set to pave the way for the 21-year-old to take his place on the F1 grid.

“This Aston Martin team is clearly using the energy and dedication to win, and it is therefore one of the most exciting teams in Formula 1 today,” said Alonso.

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