Hungarian GP power rankings

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As races go, the otherwise straightforward Hungarian Grand Prix exploded with action and controversy in the dying laps. As mixed strategies and on-track incidents took shape, the podium remained malleable until the chequered flag fell, and Hamilton toured into the summer break with a lead that seemed like the stuff of dreams only a month ago.

Here's the make or break rankings heading into the summer break...

Moving on up

▲ Daniel Ricciardo shone brightly after expressing some frustration at recent technical failures. With Christian Horner confessing they were targetting P5, and not expecting to finish ahead of any of the Ferrari's or Mercedes', Daniel will happily pocket a few extra points and, unlike his teammate, can head into the summer break in a "holiday mood".

▲ Pierre Gasly qualified in P6 in the wet and remained precisely there in a trouble-free race, but that doesn't dampen his performance whatsoever. In a season where Charles Leclerc is (justifyably) earning plaudits more often than not, Gasly is quietly nipping on the heels of the Force India drivers and is surely putting himself into contention for a senior Red Bull drive should he be required (and Sainz chooses to remain at Renault, or leaves).

▲ Fernando Alonso spends half of this time amongst the Williams and the rest of it fighting for the minor points paying positions. This race it was the later, and his P8 finish is just another example of Fernando out-driving the car and proving his pedigree to any doubters.

Backsliding

▼ Valtteri Bottas had one to forget. Despite finishing in the top 5, after qualifying P2 and holding off Vettel after a dodgy pitstop at Ferrari, his inability to maintain his tyres throughout a difficult race again proved to be his downfall. Add to his ten-second penalty for hitting Daniel Ricciardo and earning two penalty points the fact that Toto Wolff absent-mindedly referred to Valtteri as a great "wing-man" for Hamilton, and he'll be heading into the summer break feeling pretty despondent.

▼ Lance Stroll again limped through the race. Amidst rumors that he could be on his way to Williams if his father bankrolls the team, Lance didn't exactly cover himself in glory by dropping it in qualifying and losing his front wing, and then finishing last of the running cars well behind his teammate.

▼ Renault are coming under scrutiny yet again, particularly from the Red Bull camp who has suffered more than their fair share of retirements as a result of power unit issues. The sadly familiar sight of a Red Bull having to retire not only robbed a primed Hungarian crowd of the spectacle of their boy fighting to mix it with the other top runners.

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