Vet­tel gets fourth win of sea­son, cap­tur­ing Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JEROME PUG­MIRE

BU­DAPEST, HUN­GARY — Se­bas­tian Vet­tel’s luck changed for the bet­ter at the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix on Sun­day, where the Ger­man driver won to ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead over archri­val Lewis Hamil­ton by 14 points head­ing into the sum­mer break.

Vet­tel’s fourth win of the sea­son came from pole po­si­tion, on a track where over­tak­ing is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult. Yet his 46th ca­reer win turned out to be any­thing but a pro­ces­sional af­fair.

Even be­fore the start, Vet­tel felt some­thing was wrong with his steer­ing wheel. It bugged him most of the race, but with his team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen driv­ing bril­liantly be­hind him to fend off the fast-clos­ing Mer­cedes, Vet­tel held on and Fer­rari got a 1-2 with Raikko­nen sec­ond. Mon­treal’s Lance Stroll fin­ished 14th.

It was some change from two weeks ago at the Bri­tish GP, where Vet­tel’s tire punc­tured two laps from the end, deny­ing him a cer­tain podium place. At Sil­ver­stone, he just about crawled home to fin­ish sev­enth, with his lead over Hamil­ton slashed from 20 points to a mea­gre one.

But Vet­tel now jets off into his month-long break with his spir­its high again in his hunt for a fifth F1 ti­tle.

“I’m over the moon. It was a re­ally dif­fi­cult race, maybe it didn’t look like but I had my hands full,” the Ger­man driver said.

ZSOLT CZEGLEDI, MTI VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ger­man Se­bas­tian Vet­tel of Fer­rari cel­e­brates on the podium af­ter he won the For­mula One Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix on Sun­day.

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