Hamilton takes win, points lead, in Hungary

By on Sunday, July 24, 2016
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Lewis Hamilton controlled proceedings at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take his fifth victory of the season, moving into the lead of the championship for the first time this season.

Hamilton snatched the lead from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg into the first corner and from there was never headed, as both drivers ran a Super Soft/Soft/Soft strategy.

Rosberg remained a lurking presence for Hamilton, remaining within two seconds for much of the race, but never challenged for the lead.

Hamilton’s win, his fifth in Hungary, means he now leads the standings by six points.

Daniel Ricciardo threatened Mercedes’ hegemony during the first stint and briefly ran in second spot, having passed Rosberg around the outside of Turn 1.

Rosberg took back the position into Turn 2 but the Red Bull driver remained within touching distance across the first half of the race, before slipping back.

Ricciardo had to contend with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who used the undercut during the first stint to jump Max Verstappen.

Vettel closed down Ricciardo but came up just 0.6 seconds short as the Australian returned to the rostrum.

Verstappen became stuck behind Kimi Räikkönen after he made his first stop, with the Finn running an alternate strategy.

The positions were reversed during the closing stages as Räikkönen hassled Verstappen for fifth, with the pair making light contact into Turn 2.

Verstappen hung on to fifth spot, leaving Räikkönen sixth, and meaning Red Bull is just a point behind Ferrari in the overall standings.

Fernando Alonso completed a steady weekend by collecting seventh, with Carlos Sainz Jr., Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hülkenberg rounding out the top 10 during a processional race.

Sergio Pérez lost time in the pits when Force India was not prepared for his presence and came home 11th, while Jolyon Palmer looked set for a point until he spun at Turn 4.

Esteban Gutiérrez dropped behind Palmer at the flag after he was handed a five-second penalty for ignoring blue flags, though beat Romain Grosjean to 13th place.

Kevin Magnussen was a low-key 15th, in front of Daniil Kvyat, who was handed a five-second drop for speeding in the pit lane.

Felipe Nasr was 17th, ahead of Felipe Massa, who did a long stint on Medium tyres after woes with his steering rack.

Pascal Wehrlein, Marcus Ericsson and Rio Haryanto completed the classified finishers, with Jenson Button the only retirement.

Button encountered a hydraulics problem early on and was handed a drive through penalty due to receiving radio communications.

Button made only minor progress from the back and retired with 10 laps to go.

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