“Can’t Hit Anybody” – Jeremy Clarkson Trolls Lewis Hamilton After Bizarre Hungarian GP Restart

Published 08/01/2021, 12:27 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas collides with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi


The starting moments of the Hungarian GP were nothing short of a confusing mess. As one crash led to another, the red flag was waved and our drivers were back in the pits. Teams dropped like flies, with five drivers failing to make it to the restart. As the cars made their way to the grid, moments before the restart, 14 cars pitted to change their tires. There was just one man on the grid – race leader Lewis Hamilton.

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Jeremy Clarkson left a sly remark on Twitter regarding the lone driver on the grid. “Only Hamilton on the track. That way he can’t hit anybody.”

The crafty statement was an obvious reference to the British GP. Although, The Mercedes sister car did a good job playing marbles with the rest of the grid; Bottas triggered a multi-car crash in the starting lap.

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Hamilton had to pit after one lap because of the inaccurate predictions made by his team. The late pitstop sent Lewis to the back of the pack, giving him a challenge for the remainder of the Hungarian GP.

A disastrous race restart at the Hungarian GP

The notorious turn one of the Hungaroring did it again. The crowded corner took many cars as its victims, with cars flying across the track. Wet tracks also played a part in the spectacle, resulting in drivers losing control of their cars.

Valtteri Bottas braked late at turn 1, colliding into the rear of Lando Norris’ McLaren. This sent Norris into Verstappen while Bottas collided with Sergio Perez. On the side, Lance Stroll collided with Charles Leclerc, who spun into Daniel Ricciardo.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action as Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas collides with McLaren’s Lando Norris Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

As Leclerc aptly described it, the start was like a game of bowling. The driver who had the most benefit from the unfortunate event was Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman went on to win his first Grand Prix.

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As predicted, the Hungarian GP would have been a game-changer for the championship contenders. Lewis Hamilton is back on top with a 6 point lead; The Silver Arrows move ahead of Red Bull with 10 points. Will the team continue this trend or will Red Bull return from the summer break charging harder than ever?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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