Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead of the world championship after overtaking Nico Rosberg at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The world champion looked to have nothing in his way to stop him taking a record breaking fifth win at the circuit near Budapest.
Hamilton told Kai Ebel of RTL on the podium “The start was everything, I got a good start and one of the Red Bulls was in the inside of me so I was pressured a lot into Turn One.”
“This is a great result for the team – what a day. Traffic was difficult today to navigate through but it was amazing.”
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo put in a strong performance to finish third after leading the race through the pit stops. Ricciardo was under pressure through-out from his former team-mate Sebastian Vettel through the race. Vettel finished fourth while his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had a fight with Max Verstappen.
The Fin and the Dutch teenager were fighting to take fifth when Raikkonen accused the Red Bull driver of illegally blocking him after he moved twice in the breaking zone. But Verstappen finished sixth after being passed by Vettel. It was a great start by Ricciardo who managed to jump both Mercedes.
Verstappen told Sky Sports “I could see him coming, he was very optimistic to dive into the inside so I went to the inside and he had to brake – he locked up and hit the rear of my car.”
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished seventh ahead of team-mate Jenson Button who said he had the “race from hell.” It was a difficult race for the brit who suffered a hydraulic issue which McLaren were giving him help for. But the stewards deemed was illegal assistance giving him a penalty.
The leaders were caught between back markers who caused a nip and tuck battle between the two Mercedes. But Hamilton was soon able to open the gap after clearing the traffic.
Red Bull and Ferrari once again showed potential after nearly leading the race at the start Ricciardo lost the lead at turn two. Then later got the gap down to under five seconds to Hamilton mid-race, thereafter he faded and was only just able to keep Ferrari’s Vettel at bay by the end.
Ferrari and Red Bull are now separated by a single point in the Constructors’ Championship as pressure continues to ramp up on the Italian team.
Rounding out the top ten was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, followed by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr, Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg for Force India.
Jolyon Palmer spun when running in the points and finished 12th. The Renault rookie is still yet to score a point this term.
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