Hamilton wins in Hungary, takes championship lead
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record fifth time on Sunday to take the championship lead from teammate Nico Rosberg, who finished second.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen of Red Bull.
Hamilton now has five F1 victories this season for 192 points, with Rosberg on 186 and Ricciardo third with 115, one point clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton completed the 70 laps of the Hungarian circuit in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 30.115 seconds, at an average speed of 183.059 km/h. He beat Rosberg by 1.977 seconds.
Ricciardo was a further 27 seconds behind, less than a second ahead of Vettel.
Rosberg won the first four races this year, while Hamilton has won five of the last six. Verstappen is the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2016.
Hamilton started second on the grid, with Rosberg in pole position, but was able to pass the German on the first turn.
“The start was everything,” said Hamilton, who before this victory was tied with Michael Schumacher for most wins at the Hungaroring, with four. “I got a good start. I had one of the Red Bulls on the inside so I was pressured quite a lot into turn one. What a day!”
“Once I’ve gone into the lead, I just manage my tires, my car and manage the gap and react only when I needed to,” the two-time defending champion said.
Ricciardo also briefly passed Rosberg at the start but while the Mercedes driver was able to pull back ahead in that duel he was never able to pass Hamilton.
“I was happy to take Daniel in turn two and from then I was trying to put all the pressure possible on Lewis,” Rosberg said.
Despite losing the championship lead midway through the season, Rosberg, who Friday signed a contract extension with Mercedes through 2018, was confident about the remaining races.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary on Sunday.