Hungarian Grand Prix results:-
1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 1h40m30.115s
2. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes 1.977s
3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull 27.539s
4. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari 28.213s
5. Max Verstappen, Red Bull 48.659s
6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 49.044s
With a commanding victory over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton became the most successful Formula 1 driver at the Hungaroring, surpassing Michael Schumacher tally of 5 wins on the track. Hamilton crossed the line 1.9 seconds ahead of Rosberg to record Mercedes’s first win at the Budapest track since the V6 turbo power units were introduced to F1 in 2014 and secured his fifth overall victory at the 2.722-mile circuit.
Hamilton had a better initial start from the beginning of the race than Rosberg, but both Mercedes drivers came under pressure when Ricciardo and his teammate Max ran down to Turn 1. Hamilton moved alongside Rosberg and seized the lead at the apex of the first corner as Ricciardo briefly relegated Rosberg to third before falling back behind at Turn 2.
When the front runners emerged from their stops, with Verstappen falling behind Kimi Raikkonen, the Mercedes drivers appeared to struggle more for speed than Ricciardo and Vettel in third and fourth.When Hamilton and Rosberg eventually pitted for their second stops on lap 41 and 42, the World Champion had a gap of about 4.4s and although Rosberg closed in several times through traffic, he never got close enough to make a move for the lead giving a chance to Hamilton to leads the Drivers’ Championship for the first time this season with 192, compared to Rosberg’s 186.
Not very far behind, Kimi Raikkonen was on top form in 6th position, which is commendable considering he started the race at 14th. However, the 18-year old Max Verstappen did extremely well holding his own throughout and by not lettin Raikkonen overtake him despite coming incredibly close on 3 occasions. During one such altercation, there was mild contact between the Ferrari and the Red Bull, resulting in some damage to Raikkonen’s front wing.
Hamilton leads the drivers’ standings for the first time this season, but Nico Rosberg will be looking to regain his lead on his home turf this weekend.