Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix
Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. He took pole for Mercedes with a 24-point lead over Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel before a break in August.
Vettel finished second after overcoming a collision near the end of the race with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, who also collided with Red Bull Australian Daniel Ricciardo who qualified fourth.
Ferrari saw Kimi Raikkonen finish third to complete a podium finish on a hot afternoon outside Budapest.
This was Hamilton’s sixth victory in Hungary – where he also took pole position on Saturday – the fifth of the season and the 67th of his career.
In a competition that was decided in Saturday’s qualifying in the rain, thunder, and lightning when Mercedes achieved the “one-two” against expectations, Hamilton never faced a great challenge.
“We arrived knowing that Ferrari would be really fast this weekend and we salvaged these points, so we’ll definitely take them as a prize,” Hamilton said in an interview after getting out of the car and hugging the members of his team.
“I’m very happy with how strong the last few races have been. We have to be strong in the next half,” added the 33-year-old who won in Germany last week.
After 12 races, Hamilton scores 213 points against Vettel’s 189.
The tire strategy was also crucial on a relatively slow and curvy track where it is always difficult to overtake, with track temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius.
Vettel started with the soft tires to keep them longer than Mercedes, who opted for the ultra-soft tires that were faster at first but also weakened faster.
Beginning in fourth place, Vettel rose to third place in Raikkonen’s rankings, but could not find a way to overtake Bottas, who escorted Hamilton as a defender against the red threat.
Raikkonen, without water during the race after Ferrari forgot to connect the bottle, made two stops and said that third place – his fifth successive podium – was the best thing that could have happened under the circumstances.
“We caught up with Bottas after the first stop but it wasn’t possible to pass him. So our choice was to stop again and try again. At least we managed to recover a place but far from ideal,” said the Finn.