New Delhi: Lewis Hamilton eased out Nico Rosberg to take victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo joining them on the podium.
The 31-year-old Mercedes driver has moved to the top of the Driver’s Championship standings for the first time this year.
Hamilton, who has now won in Hungary a record five times, leads Rosberg by six points after 11 of the season’s 21 races. The Briton has won five of the last six races, including the last three.
Hamilton started from second on the grid but raced past his Mercedes teammate on the first corner and kept his lead for the rest of the race. It was a race filled with tension as Nico was always on Lewis’ tail.
Rosberg was fortunate to remain on pole after a dramatic Saturday qualifying session. Hamilton had been disappointed at that turn of events but all was forgotten as he took Sunday’s race to Rosberg from the get-go.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull after pushing the Mercedes pair hard enough at one point for the champions to tell Hamilton to pick up the pace.
Ferrari’s four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, also a previous winner in Hungary, finished fourth after sounding off over the team radio about slower cars holding him up as he lapped them.
Sunday’s win was the 48th of Hamilton’s career and fifth of the season. Rosberg, who has also won five races this year, will have the chance to seize back the lead in his home at the German Grand Prix. The race at Hockenheim, absent from the calendar last year, takes place in just a week’s time.