Valtteri Bottas suffers early damage in Hungary

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton came to blows on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Here is how race day is unfolding at the Hungaroring…

Prior to the Formula 1 race, there was a familiar sight in Hungary…a Schumacher on the top step of the podium.

This looks familiar! A Schumacher on the top step of the podium!

Mick celebrates after clinching his first #F2 win in the sprint race at the Hungaroring.

— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) August 4, 2019

Back to Formula 1 matters and there was some late grid change news with Daniel Ricciardo dropping from P18 to P20 after a tactical engine change from Renault.

Max Verstappen kept the lead into T1 as a lock-up for Valtteri Bottas forced Lewis Hamilton out of a possible move.

Bottas would lock up again as the Mercedes touched at Turn 3 before Hamilton went into P2.

Oh they touched#F1 #HungarianGP

— Mattzel89 (@Mattzel89) August 4, 2019

Both Ferraris made their move on Bottas as the Finn with a damaged front wing dropped behind Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

— Planet F1 (@Planet_F1) August 4, 2019

The damage was too much and Bottas was forced to pit on lap 6. He fitted the hard compound and dropped to the back in P20. Meanwhile…

Pierre's in 9th!?

— Conrad ??'Keefe (@okeefe_92) August 4, 2019

Leclerc also gave Bottas a clout, but the stewards decided no investigation was needed.

Or is it ?

It seems like Bottas' lap one damage might have actually come from contact with Leclerc

Either way, the freshly-repaired Finn is on track and fighting back#F1 ??#HungarianGP

— Formula 1 (@F1) August 4, 2019

More to follow…

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