REPORT: Hamilton cruise to eighth win in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton has taken another dominant victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix. His eighth at the Hungaroring ties him and Michael Schumacher (Magny Cours, France) with the record of most wins at one circuit.

Hamilton wrapped up a perfect afternoon in Budapest with a grand slam by setting the fastest lap and winning from his 90th pole position.

As the field prepared for a wet start, Red Bull’s  Max Verstappen crashed into the barriers on his way to the grid, damaging his front win and suspension. The Dutchman was on the cusp of not starting the race. But his mechanics did an incredible job to repair the front end damage just in time to get him going.

Verstappen on his part, paid his team back with an incredible drive, keeping Valtteri Bottas at bay  to finish second after starting P7. Bottas lost ground with a poor start from the front row and settled for third, thus relinquishing his lead in the Drivers’ Championship to teammate Hamilton.

Red Bull mechanics doing repair work on Max Verstappen’s car after the Dutchman crashed on his way to the grid.

Racing Point’s Lance Stroll finished in the points in Hungary for the first time with a fourth place finish. Alexander Albon pipped Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel for fifth place. Vettel was followed by Sergio Perez in 7th ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Haas’ gamble of pitting their drivers on the formation lap for slick tyres earned them a ninth place finish with Kevin Magnussen as Carlos Sainz rounded off the top ten for McLaren.

Charles Leclerc finished 11th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Lando Norris. Esteban Ocon was 14th in the sister Renault followed by Romain Grosjean and the two Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi in 16th and 17th respectively.

Williams could not make up any ground after reaching Q2 with both cars on Saturday. George Russell finished 18th with teammate Nicolas Latifi last on the road in 19th. AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly was the sole retirement of the race due to a drive-train issue.

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