Hamilton races to 86th profession win, eighth in Hungary

Budapest, July 19

A masterful Lewis Hamilton gained the Hungarian Grand Prix in dominant fashion and for a report eighth time right this moment to wrest the Formula One championship lead from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Max Verstappen took second for Red Bull, the Dutch teen awarded ‘drive of the day’ after crashing on the way in which to the grid in early drama that had his mechanics scrambling to repair the harm earlier than the beginning. Bottas, now 5 factors behind Hamilton after three races, completed an in depth third after battling again from a botched begin off the entrance row.

Hamilton’s 86th profession victory, from his 90th pole place and accumulating a bonus level on the finish for quickest lap, left the six-time world champion 5 in need of Michael Schumacher’s all-time report of 91 wins.

The Briton additionally equalled Schumacher’s report of successful a grand prix eight occasions, one thing the Ferrari nice achieved in France between 1994 and 2006.

“Round one had multiple different punches that I wasn’t perhaps ready for but I refocused and the last two have been fantastic,” Hamilton, fourth within the opener gained by Bottas, stated of the season to date. “This weekend, we’ve just been on point throughout so we need to try and keep this up.”

Hamilton, winner of the Styrian Grand Prix in Austria the weekend earlier than, now has two victories for the season and three in a row in Hungary, with the following two races on dwelling soil at Silverstone.

Verstappen was amazed by his mechanics’ efficiency in successful their very own race in opposition to the clock, giving him a automobile to drive from seventh place on the grid and 0 to hero.

“I thought I was not going to race, so to be second is like a victory for me,” he stated.

Canadian Lance Stroll completed fourth for Racing Point with Alex Albon fifth for Red Bull in one other flip up for the group that gave the impression to be struggling on Saturday. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was sixth, with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez seventh and Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Renault. — Reuters

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