Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton enjoyed a peerless run to his eighth Hungarian Grand Prix victory, winning out over the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, as he tied with Michael Schumacher’s record for most number of wins at a single venue.

Formula 1 World Champion wins in Hungary

Starting from pole, Hamilton quickly surged into a comfortable lead in the early laps, before managing his pace over his rivals in the encounter at the Hungaroring, eventually taking the flag 8.7s ahead of Verstappen to seal his third win in a row at this race.

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Formula 1: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

Verstappen himself overcame a poor qualifying that saw him start P7, and then a crash into the turn 12 wall on his lap to the grid that required some urgent repairs, to claim P2, the Dutchman holding off an attack by third-place Valtteri Bottas in the final stages of the race.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll couldn’t convert his P3 grid position into the team’s first podium of the year as he came home a distant fourth. A late pass from Red Bull’s Alex Albon on the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel gave Albon – who started 13th – P5, although Red Bull were summoned to the stewards after the race for allegedly drying Albon’s grid spot ahead of the race start.

Vettel held off the second Racing Point of Sergio Perez in the final laps of the race, as the Mexican finished seventh, having started fourth, while Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo made a monster 42-lap stint on mediums work to take eighth.

With the track greasy ahead of the race start but the rain having stopped falling, an inspired strategy from Haas helped Kevin Magnussen take the team’s first points of the year, with Magnussen and Romain Grosjean pitting for slicks at the end of the formation lap as their rivals started on intermediates on the drying track, with the Dane eventually taking P9 after a fine race.

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz rounded out the top 10, thanks to a late-race pass on the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, who ended up 11th.

“It was one of my favourite races. I was on my own but we had great pace and a perfect strategy. The last two races have been fantastic for me and we need to keep it up,” Hamilton said after the race.

Verstappen said: “Not how I wanted it at the beginning. The mechanics did an amazing job to fix the car. To pay them back with second place – I was pleased with that. To be able to split the two Mercedes is good for us”

Formula 1

Hungarian Grand Prix results

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 70 1:36:12.473 26
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 70 +8.702s 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 70 +9.452s 15
4 18 Lance Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 70 +57.579s 12
5 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 70 +78.316s 10
6 5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 69 +1 lap 8
7 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 69 +1 lap 6
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 69 +1 lap 4
9 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 69 +1 lap 2
10 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 69 +1 lap 1
11 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 69 +1 lap 0
13 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 69 +1 lap 0
14 31 Esteban Ocon RENAULT 69 +1 lap 0
15 8 Romain Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
17 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 69 +1 lap 0
18 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 69 +1 lap 0
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 65 +5 laps 0
NC 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 15 DNF 0
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