Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Hamilton wins Hungarian GP to take overall lead from Rosberg

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The Associated Press


BUDAPEST, Hungary – 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 kph (113.7 mph). 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!”

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. ”I lost the win there.”

Hamilton’s lead over Rosberg was rarely more than two seconds, while Rosberg’s lead over Ricciardo grew to 8.1 seconds by the end of lap 18. The Australian, however, was able to close that gap to 2.8 seconds by lap 30.

Mercedes noticed the shrinking lead and told Hamilton to ”push,” or they would have Rosberg change tires ahead of him. Hamilton responded that he was ”driving as best as I can” but seemed to respond to the request and Ricciardo never really challenged again.

”I think the first part of the race we were quite competitive,” Ricciardo said. ”But in the end it looked like the Mercedes had a bit more in their back pocket and were able to improve the pace as the race went on.”

The race was relatively uneventful after a lively series of practices – including a crash by Hamilton and controversy over Rosberg’s alleged failure to slow under yellow caution flags – and a lengthy qualifying session on Saturday interrupted several times by heavy rainfall and numerous crashes.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was the only driver who did not finish the race, pulling out after 60 laps with smoke coming out of the car.

In the constructors’ championship, Mercedes leads with 378 points, Ferrari has 224 and Red Bull 223.

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