Hamil­ton wins in Hun­gary to take over­all lead

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Triple Formula One world cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton won the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix yesterday to seize the cham­pi­onship lead from team mate Nico Ros­berg for the first time this sea­son.

The Bri­ton took the che­quered flag less than two sec­onds ahead of the Ger­man, who had lined up on pole po­si­tion at the Hun­garor­ing but lost out to Hamil­ton at the start in the key mo­ment of the race.

Hamil­ton, who has now won in Hun­gary a record five times, leads Ros­berg by six points af­ter 11 of the sea­son’s 21 races. The Bri­ton has won five of the last six races, in­clud­ing the last three.

“The start was ev­ery­thing,” said Hamil­ton. “This is a great result for the team. What a day.”

Sun­day’s win was the 48th of his ca­reer and fifth of the sea­son.

Un­til Sun­day he had shared the record for Hun­gary GP wins with seven times cham­pion Michael Schu­macher.

“I grew up watch­ing Michael so to have a sim­i­lar num­ber, and now one more than he had here, is in­cred­i­ble,” said Hamil­ton.

Aus­tralian Daniel Ric­cia­rdo fin­ished third for Red Bull af­ter push­ing the Mercedes pair hard enough at one point for the cham­pi­ons to tell Hamil­ton to pick up the pace.

Fer­rari’s four times world cham­pion Se­bas­tian Vet­tel, also a pre­vi­ous win­ner in Hun­gary, fin­ished fourth af­ter sound­ing off over the team ra­dio about slower cars hold­ing him up as he lapped them.

Red Bull’s Max Ver­stap­pen held off Fer­rari’s feisty Kimi Raikko­nen for fifth. The Finn had started 14th but a long first stint saw him chal­leng­ing the Dutch­man.

The bat­tle be­tween the pair pro­vided a mo­ment of ex­cite­ment in an oth­er­wise un­event­ful race, with Raikko­nen clip­ping the back of Ver­stap­pen’s car and dam­ag­ing his front wing in an at­tempt to pass the 18-year-old.

Hamil­ton dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix

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