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.
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”
Hungarian Grand Prix results
|2||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||70||+8.702s||18|
|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|