GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK

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NYCK DE VRIES

Stellar! That one word sums up Nyck de Vries’ final laps of the Feature Race: the Dutchman regaled his numerous fans with a last stint that will be remembered. On a drying track, the PREMA driver gorged upon a 12.735s gap previously built by then race leader Lando Norris in a matter of 8 laps. He made a bold move on the Brit from Carlin to claim the lead and pulled away quickly. He crossed the finish line 16.508s ahead of Norris to claim a second victory in 2018.

By the end of Round 8, Nyck had scored a total of 29 points – the same amount as he took at Le Castellet – to move up two places in the Drivers’ Championship. He now lies in fifth place on same amount of points as Markelov (114).

ALEXANDER ALBON

The weekend didn’t start well for the amiable DAMS driver; he qualified in a lowly P13 – an unusual starting position for this season’s best qualifier whose qualifying average is of 3.88. But Alex Albon is not just a good qualifier – he’s also a great racer. From thirteenth on the grid, he took fifth at the flag is a hectic wet/dry race. The next day, he made a strong gateway from P4 on the grid to move up to second into Turn 1. He then managed his tyres to perfection and passed Luca Ghiotto with five laps to go, cruising to a third victory building a 9.465s gap to the Italian along the way.

Albon scored a total of 25 points in Hungary bringing his tally to 141 points – 18 points behind second placed Lando Norris and 30 points behind Championship leader George Russell. With four rounds remaining in the 2018, the title chase intensifies!

LANDO NORRIS

A masterclass! Lando Norris produced one of the best performances on a wet track in the Feature Race slicing his way through the field from P6 on the grid, making it look as easy as breathing. He overtook his teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara on lap 10 to get into the lead and went on to build an outrageous 14.045s gap to his nearest rival before pitting for dry weather tyres on lap 16. Unfortunately, his efforts were ruined after Nyck de Vries flew past him to deny him victory.

Norris had to settle for second place at the flag. He finished fourth in the Sprint Race to score a total of 26 points – that’s 25 more than title rival George Russell which means that the gap in the Drivers’ Championship between the two Brits is now of 12 points. Bring on the final leg of the season!

SÉRGIO SETTE CÂMARA

The Brazilian scored his maiden F2 pole position lapping the Hungaroring 0.030s faster than Jack Aitken. The stage was set: Sérgio Sette Câmara was in the best starting position to claim a first win this season, and although the talented Carlin driver made a perfect start from P1 and drove flawlessly, he was unable to stop his teammate Lando Norris in the first stint. Visibly struggling, he was then passed by Nyck de Vries, Antonio Fuoco and Aitken. He pitted on Lap 16 and was able to fight back to third but came under huge pressure from Fuoco in the final laps. Eager to protect his position, Sérgio made contact with the PREMA driver on the final lap and was immediately handed with a 10s time penalty which meant he classified seventh.

He started P2 on the reverse grid on Sunday but was fourth into Turn 1 behind Luca Ghiotto, Alex Albon and Artem Markelov. Sérgio passed a struggling Markelov to move up to third and remained there until the chequered flag to take a fifth podium finish in 2018.

ARTEM MARKELOV

Something was not quite right in Hungary for the Russian: Artem Markelov qualified in a satisfying seventh place but was not able to maximise his starting position in the Feature Race. He battled his way through the tricky wet/dry conditions to take P8 at the flag. He was confident he’d be able to enjoy some bubbles on Sunday, but a slow gateway meant he dropped to third at the start. It was then a painful Sprint Race for Artem who was visibly struggling with tyre degradation. He was thirteenth at the flag, having haemorrhaged positions in the second half of the race.

BAD WEEK

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