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First-lap incident takes Bottas, Norris, Leclerc, Perez and Stroll out of Hungarian GP

First-lap incident takes Bottas, Norris, Leclerc, Perez and Stroll out of Hungarian GP
Valtteri Bottas got off to a slow start before clipping Lando Norris and causing chaos

An incident on the first lap of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix has taken Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris, Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll en Charles Leclerc out of the race.

Bottas, second on the grid, got off to a slow start and was overtaken by Max Verstappen and Norris.

Bottas, whose Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole at the Hungaroring, rear-ended Norris, who cannoned into championship leader Verstappen.

Red Bull’s Perez, Ferrari’s Leclerc and Aston Martin’s Stroll were caught up in the incident on the first turn and their cars could not continue, while Verstappen dropped down the order to 13th and a red flag was waved.

Norris, who had fallen to 15th but managed to continue driving, made it into the pit. His car was then retired by McLaren, egter.

Once the race resumed, all of the remaining drivers pitted except defending champion Hamilton, who was alone in making a standing start.

Bottas (front-centre) collides with Perez (front-right)

The Briton, who has won the race eight times and triumphed last year, dropped to last place as Esteban Ocon of Alpine established a lead, with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel second.

Nikita Mazepin, intussen, was clipped in the pit lane by Kimi Raikkonen and became the sixth driver to be taken out of the grand prix.

Hamilton soon overtook Antonio Giovinazzi, who moments later received a 10-second stop-go for speeding in the pits amid the restart, and even got past Vestappen.

The initial incident is the second in a row on an opening lap, following Verstappen’s crash during the British Grand Prix.

The Dutch-Belgian and title rival Hamilton were involved in a coming-together at Silverstone earlier this month, resulting in Verstappen crashing out of the race, which Hamilton went on to win.

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