Hamilton clinches first win for Mercedes

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton controlled proceedings to win his first race for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton led away from pole position and completed a couple of decisive moves throughout the pit stop phase to open up a healthy lead over Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel eventually lost out in the hunt for second place to Kimi Raikkonen. The Lotus driver executed a two stop strategy to perfection and was able to defend from the Red Bull driver through the closing stages.

Mark Webber started on the prime tyres and briefly led the race on his way to fourth place, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in fifth.

Romain Grosjean was in the hunt early on but collided with Jenson Button and was also given a drive through penalty for an illegal move on Felipe Massa. He finished sixth.

Button was seventh, ahead of Massa, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado, recording Williams's first point of 2013.

Nico Rosberg endured a miserable race as he dropped down the order on the first lap following contact with Massa. He was set for a handful of points but retired late on with an engine failure.


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