Vet­tel over­comes is­sue, wins Hun­gar­ian GP

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS -

Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel over­came steer­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to win a tense Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix on Sun­day and ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead over ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton to 14 points.

BU­DAPEST, HUN­GARY » Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel over­came steer­ing dif­fi­cul­ties to win a tense Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix on Sun­day and ex­tend his cham­pi­onship lead over ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton to 14 points head­ing into the sum­mer break.

The four-time For­mula One cham­pion made a de­cent start from pole po­si­tion, cru­cially hold­ing off team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen on the long straight into Turn 1. On a Hun­garor­ing track where over­tak­ing is no­to­ri­ously hard, there were lim­ited chances to catch him af­ter that.

But Vet­tel was ham­pered by a steer­ing is­sue for more than half the race, al­low­ing the Mercedes cars to close the gap on him and Raikko­nen who in turn was be­ing slowed down by Vet­tel.

“I’m over the moon. It was a re­ally dif­fi­cult race. I had my hands full,” Vet­tel said. “The steer­ing started to go side­ways and it got worse. I re­ally had to stay fo­cused the whole race.”

Vet­tel held on for his 46th ca­reer win, while Raikko­nen ex­pertly de­fended his po­si­tion for a Fer­rari 1-2.

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