Hamilton Breaks Through With Mercedes
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Lewis Hamilton won his first grand prix since joining the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team during the offseason.
Hamilton started on the pole and dominated Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring. It was the fourth Hungarian GP triumph for the British driver, who registered his 22nd career Formula One triumph.
“This is one of the most important Formula One wins of my career,” Hamilton said.
It was the third win of the season for Mercedes, which picked up a pair of victories with Nico Rosberg earlier in the season.
“It is an incredible feeling,” Hamilton said. “It was great to see the support of the fans. My team did an incredible job. They studied a lot last night and we had no idea that this race would go this well for us…I was hungry today and I was just going all out. A lot of times I get stuck in traffic, and today I wasn’t having any of that.”
Speed and strategy were both on point for the Mercedes team as Hamilton easily outdistanced Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen by 10.9 seconds for the victory with three-time world champion and point leader Sebastian Vettel taking third for Red Bull.
“I’ve been making my life difficult on Saturdays and we’ve been paying the price for that, but I had a good car today and I made my way up there,” Raikkonen said.
Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber and Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso completed the top five on a day with temperatures in the mid-90s.
Despite finishing third, Vettel increased his lead in the standings.