Lewis Hamilton, who started from pole position, cruised to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 24 points over Sebastian Vettel as Formula One goes into its four-week summer break. This was the Briton’s record sixth win at the Hungaroring as well as his fifth win this season and the 67th of the Mercedes driver’s career.
“We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend,” Hamilton said shortly after getting out of his car. “But to come out with these points, we’ll definitely take that as a bonus. What a beautiful day and a great crowd – and a great job from the team.”
Second place ‘the maximium’ for Vettel
“We didn’t have the position that we needed given our speed,” Vettel said. There was a problem in the pit stop so we re-entered the track behind Valtteri. Second place is not what we wanted, but it is the maximum.”
Late in the race it looked like it could be a 1-2 for Mercedes, but Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Raikkonen with five laps to go. Bottas and Vettel touched cars in the first curve after the overtaking move, and the Mercedes suffered frontal damage.
“I got a hit from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Vettel said. “Luckily, the car wasn’t broken and we could carry on.”
As a result of that incident, Bottas was forced to make a second pit stop and, after he returned to the race, he bumped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.