Hamil­ton wins in Hun­gary, takes cham­pi­onship lead

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - PABLO GORONDI AND KAREL JAN­ICEK

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.

CHARLES COATES, GETTY IMAGES

Lewis Hamil­ton cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hun­gary on Sun­day.

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