Amanda’s Motorsport Moment of 2015

To round off 2015, the Overtake Motorsport team look back at their favourite motorsports moments. Amanda Smith chose to look at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

2015 has been a crazy year for motorsports. From Nico Hulkenburg, Earl Bamber, and Nick Tandy’s Le Mans win. To Nelson Piquet winning the inaugural Formula E championship. As well as seeing Williams lead a 1-2 at the British Grand Prix to the delight of the team, and fans around the track. I was also lucky enough to see the Race of Champions when it came to London this year, and that’ll be a weekend that’ll live on in my memory.

However my motorsport moment for 2015 comes from Formula 1. And it’s rather a bittersweet moment it has to be said, as my motorsport memory was the Hungarian Grand Prix. danThe build up to the race weekend was hard. Following the passing of Marussia driver Jules Bianchi. Jules had suffered head injuries from a sever crash at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014. He fought hard but eventually his battle came to an end and he died on the 17th July this year. Tributes poured in from across the world of motorsport. The weekend was tough to watch, and I cannot begin to imagine how hard it was for the teams racing to take part. Hearing everyone talk about Jules and their memories of him, you can see he was a friendly guy and clearly meant a lot to everyone up and down the paddock. While the tribute before the race on Sunday left me in tears.

helmetsBut as soon as the visors went down it was back to business. And what a race we were treated to. It had everything. An eventful first lap with Hamilton being jumped by both Ferrari’s before falling further down the pack. There were fights up and down the grid for every position going. While Hulkenburg’s utter failing of his front wing brought out the safety car, changing the strategy around. We then saw close fighting from Daniel Ricciardo and the two Mercedes boys. With both Hamilton and Rosberg suffering damage from their respective battles with Ricciardo. Only to then be treated to some impressive racing by Hamilton in the closing stages. Looking to claw back some points and extend his championship lead. Though calm as anything Sebastian Vettel guided his red Ferrari through the madness and carbon fibre to victory. Dedicating the win to Jules. He was followed home by the two Red Bulls, with both drivers also dedicating their podium places to the Frenchman.

It’s hard to pick a moment of this race that didn’t have you on the edge of your seat. The overtaking was awesome, the strategy was interesting. And you always thought something else was about to happen that would shake up the race again. Everyone put everything they had into that race. You got the feeling that the drivers were all racing their heart out in honour of Jules. And I’m sure from wherever he was watching; Jules enjoyed the on track battle and race. All that’s left to say is merci Jules. You shall be truly missed.

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