Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The Brit leads championship for first time this season.
Hamilton outpaced pole sitter Rosberg at the start and then controlled the 70 laps with a mixture of speed and flawless judgement in sweltering heat at the Hungaroring circuit.
A frustrated Hamilton raised his middle finger at Esteban Gutierrez following he lost more than one second lapping the Mexican driver – indeed Gutierrez was hit with a five-second penalty for ignoring the blue flags.
The Briton also lost a small chunk of time after running wide in the closing stages. But in reality, his win was never under threat. Hamilton has now triumphed more times in Hungary than any other driver in the sport’s history.
With 192 points, Hamilton has now taken the Championship lead off Rosberg who finished second in today’s race and currently stands six points behind the Briton on 186 points.
Max Verstappen resisted late pressure from Ferrari Kimi Räikkönen to grab fifth while Daniel Ricciardo also had his work cut out as Sebastian Vettel tried to deny him a podium spot. The Australian ultimately coming out on top.
“This is a great result for the team,” says Hamilton over team radio.”I appreciate all the hard work.”
Speaking after the race, Hamilton said: “The track is great, the city is great and thank you to the fans. The start was everything in the race, I was pressured into turn one but the team did a fantastic job with the strategy.”
Fernando Alonso finished seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Botas and Niko Hulkenberg.