GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK

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GOOD WEEK

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DAMS

The French squad had another impressive weekend: following Charles Leclerc’s disqualification from the qualifying results, Oliver Rowland inherited pole position from P2. He seized that opportunity fully to convert it into a win in the Feature Race – his first victory since Round 3 at Monte-Carlo. His teammate Nicholas Latifi gave DAMS extra joy, taking second place from P6 on the grid. On Sunday, Rowland pocketed another podium finish with P2. That’s the team’s fourteenth rostrum this season. Latifi also took P6 in the Sprint Race, which meant that DAMS scored a mammoth 55 points in Budapest to lead the Teams’ Championship 42 points over PREMA Racing before the summer break.

NYCK DE VRIES

The Rapax ace also enjoyed a double podium finish at the Hungaroring. Nyck qualified in seventh on Friday and was confident that he could aim for more in the Feature Race. On Saturday, a solid drive combined with a good strategy saw him take the flag in third place – his first podium finish since Round 4 Feature Race at Baku. In the Sprint Race, he made a great start from P6 on the grid to slot into third place. On Lap 20, he overtook a struggling Luca Ghiotto for second, but Nyck relinquished the position when Oliver Rowland made a move around the outside of Turn 2 in the final stages. With P3 at the finish line, the Dutchman brought home two items of silverware and a total of 25 points.

NOBUHARU MATSUSHITA

The Honda protégé had a solid weekend that concluded in the best of manners: with champagne bubbles on the highest step of the podium on Sunday. Eighth in qualifying, Nobuharu drove a mature race to take P5 at the chequered flag on Saturday. In the Sprint Race, he made the perfect getaway from fourth to get into the lead at turn 1. From then on, he remained in control of the pack to take a second win this season. He now lies sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, just 4 points behind Luca Ghiotto.

PREMA RACING

It was a weekend of ups and downs for the Italian squad: their star pupil Charles Leclerc was quickest in Free Practice and then again in Qualifying, but he was later disqualified from the results after his car was found to be in breach of the technical regulations. He was allowed to start from the back of the grid, so the team’s hopes for a podium finish in the Feature Race were all on Antonio Fuoco’s shoulders. The Italian was starting from P4, but his solid drive was ruined at the pit stop: he was released while the mechanics were still working on one of his wheels. He retired into the pits with a low oil pressure issue. Antonio then stalled on the Sunday starting grid and took a lowly P17 at the flag. Leclerc salvaged what could have been a disastrous weekend by slicing his way through the field from P19 to P4 on Saturday. He took another fourth place on Sunday, providing his team with a total of 20 points.

MP MOTORSPORT

The Dutch team’s hopes were high on Friday with Jordan King qualifying P3, but the Briton struggled with race pace in both Feature and Sprint. Add to that a 10s time penalty on Saturday for leaving the track and re-joining in an unsafe manner and it was P15 and P11 at both flags for King. His teammate Sette Camara had no better luck: a disappointing qualifying result in P18 was followed by a poor sixteenth place in the race, with the young Brazilian handed a 10s time penalty for activating the DRS before completing two laps. On Sunday, he finished P13, another pointless result.

BAD WEEK

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