BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Sebastian Vettel won a tense Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton sportingly surrendered third place to his team mate.The German, savouring his fourth win of the season and 46th of his Formula One career, took the chequered flag 0.9 seconds ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.The Finn had looked faster than Vettel for most of the afternoon.“I’m over the moon, that was a really difficult race,” said the winner, who had to wrestle with a skewed steering wheel on a sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring and had no room for error.Hamilton finished fourth after slowing down on the last lap and allowing Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to go past, despite the loss of vital points to the Briton’s championship challenge.Bottas had let Hamilton through on the 45th of the 70 laps, on the assurance that his team mate would hand back the place if he could not overtake the Ferraris, and the triple champion duly kept his word.“Really thanks to Lewis for keeping the promise in the end and letting me by,” said Bottas.“I don’t think every team mate would have swapped back.”Hamilton, whose radio was malfunctioning for some of the race and would have had more of a chance had he got past Bottas earlier, said he had done what he had to do.“It’s tough in the championship but I’m a man of my word,” he said. “I did say that if I can’t overtake them I would let him back through.”On a circuit where overtaking is notoriously hard, the top five all finished in their starting order with Max Verstappen fifth for Red Bull.The Dutch teenager was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty for colliding with his Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap.The impact ended Ricciardo’s race, with the car stranded on the track and fluid leaking from the broken radiator, and brought out the safety car. “It’s not on. It was amateur to say the least. It’s not like he was trying to pass — there was no room to pass,” said an angry Ricciardo.
Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric are on the three-man shortlist for the 2017-18 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award but Lionel Messi has been overlooked.Salah has been nominated after finishing runner-up with Liverpool in last season’s Champions League.The Egyptian winger scored an incredible 44 goals in his debut season at Liverpool, just three shy of Ian Rush’s club-record seasonal haul. Ronaldo was nominated after winning a record fifth Champions League title – his third in straight succession for Real Madrid – and finishing top scorer in the competition for a sixth season running.And finally, Modric enjoyed a fantastic season, winning the Champions League alongside Ronaldo, as well as finishing runner up at the World Cup and claiming the Golden Ball.But there was no space on the shortlist for Barcelona star Messi, who was dumped out of Europe’s top competition to Roma in the last-eight stage.The award recognises the top players featuring for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season.The stars are judged on their displays in all competitions, at domestic, continental and international level.The three-man shortlist was chosen by 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of last term’s Champions League and Europa League, as well as 50 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group.The members of the jury chose their best three players, with first place getting five points, the second three and the third one.The shortlist was announced on Monday afternoon and the winner will be revealed during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 30 August.On the same day, the UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and UEFA Champions League positional award will also be announced.Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg and Amandine Henry are the three shortlisted for the women’s award.Denmark striker Harder plays for Wolfsburg, while Norway forward Hegerberg and France defensive midfielder Henry are team-mates at Lyon.Ronaldo, who joined Juventus from Real Madrid for £99.2m in July, won the male award in 2017, while Dutch midfielder Lieke Martens won the women’s honour shortly after leaving Swedish club Rosengard for Barcelona.PAST WINNERS2011 – Lionel Messi2012 – Andres Iniesta2013 – Franck Ribery2014 – Cristiano Ronaldo2015 – Lionel Messi2016 – Cristiano Ronaldo2017 – Cristiano RonaldoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram