Lewis Hamilton restarted the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix all by himself on the grid following a big crash on Sunday.
This was not because the crash was so large that it’d wiped all 19 of the other drivers out, but because the remaining competitors made a smart decision that Hamilton’s Mercedes team missed.
A rain shower 30 minutes before the race contributed to a crazy opening corner which saw Valtteri Bottas crash into McLaren’s Lando Norris, who in turn collided with Max Verstappen.
An out-of-control Bottas also wiped out Sergio Perez in the other Red Bull. Bottas, Norris and Perez were all forced to retire with the damage sustained, while Verstappen was left with a significantly wounded machine.
The race was stopped for 25 minutes to clear up the debris sprawled across the circuit.
But as the race restarted, and the track now virtually dry, every team except for Mercedes decided to instantly switch tyres.
At the end of the pre-restart formation lap, Mercedes left Hamilton out on wet tyres, while all those behind him pitted for slick rubber and so all restarted from the pit lane.
In bizarre scenes, it meant that Hamilton was the only one who started from his grid slot as the lights went out.
Mercedes then realised they’d made the wrong call and brought Hamilton in to pit next lap.
The damage was done though and this dropped him all the way to last place.
Hamilton then spent the remainder of the race battling his way back up the field and ended up securing a third-placed podium finish.
Esteban Ocon saw out a surprise victory.