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Hamilton extends title lead to 24 pts with Hungarian GP victory

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Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton extended his drivers’ title lead 24 points following winning the difficult Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

It is Hamilton’s sixth victory at the Hungaroring, the Brit dominated the 70-lap race as he finished ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel, the German surviving after contact with the second Mercedes speedy Valtteri Bottas, who finished on the fifth behind the Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

“We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend,” Hamilton said shortly after getting out of his car. “But to come out with these points, we’ll definitely take that as a bonus. What a beautiful day and a great crowd – and a great job from the team.”

Vettel earned second place in the difficult high temp race

“We didn’t have the position that we needed given our speed,” Vettel said. There was a problem in the pit stop so we re-entered the track behind Valtteri. Second place is not what we wanted, but it is the maximum.”

Most of the time in the second half of the race Bottas defended well ahead of Ferrari duo, but the Finn was overtaken by Vettel and Raikkonen with five laps to go. Bottas and Vettel touched cars in the first curve after the overtaking move, and the Mercedes suffered frontal damage.

“I got a hit from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Vettel said. “Luckily, the car wasn’t broken and we could carry on.”

As a result of that incident, Bottas was forced to make a second pit stop and, after he returned to the race, he bumped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.

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