Round 13 F1 GFT Driver Rankings: Verstappen wins Hungary, P1 ranking locked, 80 points over Leclerc

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3 min readAug 3, 2022

31 July 2022
By Bob Francis, Managing Editor
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Budapest, Hungary — Max Verstappen won the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix from P10 with perfect execution of Red Bull’s race strategy, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second ahead of pole-sitter Mercedes team mate George Russell.

Although they started the race on the soft tire, Schmitz revealed that Verstappen and Perez almost started on the hard tires (Image Credit:

The results of the Hungarian Grand Prix had no change on this week’s F1 GFT Driver Rankings. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen now has an 80 point lead in the F1 Driver Standings with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc P2, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez P3, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz P4, Mercedes drivers Russell P5 and 7 time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton P6.

Verstappen now has 8 wins on the season and has led 308 laps. With 9 “overtakes” just from Sunday in Budapest, our algorithms will push Verstappen’s AI score even higher once the season resumes at the end of August as the weighting applied is significant.

Formula 1 GFT AI Driver Rankings after Round 13 — Hungarian GP (Image: GFT Digital /

From P10 on the Starting Grid to the Win
Red Bull Racing principal strategy engineer Hannah Schmitz provided insight into how the team helped Max Verstappen go from starting in 10th to standing on the top step of the podium in Hungary — a victory she called “one of the best of the season.”

Starting in 10th and 11th on the grid, Verstappen and Sergio Perez strapped on a set of soft tires as they looked to make their way through the grid. And speaking on Sky Sports’ Any Driven Monday show, Schmitz revealed that starting the race on the softs was not the original plan.

“So, because we were starting out of position, one of the maybe more classic strategies to do is to start on the harder tire and go much longer particularly with overtaking being much difficult in Hungary — so that was our plan,” Schmitz revealed.

Post Race Interviews:
“I was of course hoping I could get close to the podium, but very tricky conditions out there. But we had a really good strategy, we were really reactive and always pitting at the right at time, I think we had some good out-laps and at the end even with 360, we won the race!

“It was very good, I was battling a lot of guys, so it was a lot of fun out there… a crazy race and of course very happy that we won’t it” — Max Verstappen, Red Bull

F1 Summer Break
Red Bull Racing now has a 97-point lead in the constructors’ championship. Action resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix August 26–28.



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