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Hamilton thrilled to beat Schumacher record

Hamilton thrilled to beat Schumacher record

The Mercedes ace, Lewis Hamilton said it was “incredible” to beat Michael Schumacher’s record for wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Triple time world champion Hamilton roared to victory here in Hungary for a record fifth time in 10 season.

“It’s pretty incredible to hear those words. I grew up watching Michael, so to have a similar number, and now one more, than he had here is incredible.” Lewis said.

The Brit also praise to both his current team and McLaren, with whom he took three of his four previous wins in Hungary, in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

Hamilton outpaced pole-sitter Rosberg at the start and dominated all 70 laps with various speed dram following the first pit-stop and flawless judgement in sweltering heat at the Hungaroring circuit.

By lap 34, the leading ‘train’ had closed up and Ricciardo was threatening Rosberg, a scenario that forced Mercedes warned their ace racer they were ready to resort to a strategy that could have given Rosberg the victory.

“Lewis, Ricciardo is about to get on the back of train, we really need to open this gap up,” race engineer Peter Bonnington radioed.

“I’m driving to the best of my ability,” came the reply.

“Copy that Lewis, but if the cars bunch up we will bring Nico in first.”

“Why would you do that?” asked Hamilton.

Miraculously, he suddenly found another full second per lap.

Asked about that amazing turn of speed, Merc overlord Niki Lauda smiled: “Maybe he was a little tired and he suddenly woke up.”

Mercedes Team boss Toto Wolff added: “We had to make him realise it was serious.”

Hamilton’s victory on Sunday was the 48th of his career. Michael Schumacher, who Hamilton replaced at Mercedes at the end of 2012, has 91.

Schumacher remains in recovery phase from severe head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in December 2013.

Hamilton’s victory boosted his points total to 192, six more than Rosberg as Ricciardo moved up to third.


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