Monday, 25 July 2016

Formula 1: Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton cruised to a comfortable victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take the championship lead for the first time this season.

The world champion controlled the race from the moment he passed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at the start and is now six points ahead of the German.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo briefly threatened the leaders at mid-distance but his challenge faded.

Ricciardo had to be content with holding off Sebastian Vettel for third.

The Australian's team-mate Max Verstappen was fifth with Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen finishing close behind.

Raikkonen, who drove well from 14th on the grid, collided with Verstappen's Red Bull in a lively fight in the closing laps but was unable to pass the Dutchman.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso took seventh but it was a difficult afternoon for the Spaniard's team-mate.

Jenson Button qualified one place behind Alonso in eighth but dropped to last with hydraulic problems early on, giving him what he described as "the race from hell".

Button was running 20th when the team told him to stop with seven laps to go - the only retirement of the race.

Ten races remain in a record 21-race season. The next round is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim next weekend.

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