Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Wins to Claim Overall Lead

Updated: 24 July 2016 20:06 IST

Lewis Hamilton overtook pole-sitter Nico Rosberg on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix and held off the German to rack up his fifth win in the last six races

Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Wins to Claim Overall Lead
Lewis Hamilton (R) celebrates after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. © AFP

Budapest:

Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton stormed to a record fifth Hungarian Grand Prix victory on Sunday, climbing above Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg atop the drivers' standings.

Hamilton outpaced Rosberg at the start and then controlled the 70 laps with a mixture of speed and flawless judgement in sweltering heat at the Hungaroring circuit.

His victory completed a hat-trick of successes in consecutive races, was his outright record fifth in Hungary, his fifth of the season and the 48th of his career.

Rosberg, who started from pole position, came home second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull, four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Nico Hulkenberg who was 10th for Force India.

Hamilton's win increased his points total to 192, six more than Rosberg as Ricciardo moved up to third.

"Awesome race Lewis, mega result," said his Mercedes engineer on team radio. "Well done mate. Fantastic drive."

Hamilton responded generously. "As always, thank you guys, so much, for your hard work all weekend. This is a great result for the team," he said.

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Topics mentioned in this article Mercedes Red Bull Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Daniel Ricciardo Hungarian Grand Prix Formula 1
Highlights
  • Lewis Hamilton takes lead in drivers' standing after winning Hungarian GP
  • Nico Rosberg finishes 2nd while Ricciardo takes 3rd
  • This was Hamilton's fifth win in the last six races
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