Hamilton elated by record fifth Hungary triumph

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton revelled in a record-breaking fifth triumph at the Hungarian Grand Prix, as he led home Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for a 1-2 finish.

Hamilton passed Rosberg at the start and controlled proceedings throughout, as he added to previous victories in Hungary, achieved in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

The result lifts Hamilton above Rosberg in the championship for the first time in 2016, having established a slender six-point advantage.

"Today was one of the hottest races I can remember here," he said.

"Looking after the tyres in those conditions was really hard, so I'm glad I managed.

"I didn't know how long the tyres were going to last, so trying to spend the money wisely in terms of tyre life and being able to push when I needed to push was a tricky balance to find."

Hamilton was pleased to pick up a win after labelling his weekend as "not my strongest," having missed almost all of the second practice session following a crash.

"I've not really thought about the standings much but it's definitely a good feeling to get the job done here - particularly as it's not been my strongest weekend," he said.

"[It was] not as strong as Silverstone, for example. But it's been an awesome few races and I've just got to keep that kind of form up for the rest of the season."

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