Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took advantage of a paid strategy from his team to win the Hungarian Grand Prix
The world championship leader, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) of Great Britain, won the Hungarian GP on Sunday, the 12th race of the F1 season and the last before the summer break.
Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), in pole position, is second ahead of Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) of Germany.
Hamilton sees his lead go from 41 to 62 points
Hamilton was called back to the pits twice to change tyres when the Dutch driver was only once. Fitted with cooler and faster tyres, the Briton was able to easily overtake his opponent to take the lead in the 67th round out of 70.
“Sorry to have doubted your strategy, responded to the radio the Mercedes driver after winning his eighth win this season. It was a big decision. I am grateful to you for having taken it. ”
In the driver’s standings, Hamilton saw his lead go from 41 to 62 points over his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who only managed 8th.
He also put behind a difficult GP in Germany last week, where, sick, he made a series of errors that have relegated him to 9th place.
After having damaged his front wing on the Briton’s wheel, Bottas found himself reduced to an anonymous race, a new disappointment after his retirement following an accident in Hockenheim.
Above all, the Finn has only 7 more laps in the Championship on Verstappen, 3rd, who took the point of the best lap.
Monaco’s Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) misses the podium, ahead of Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren), France’s Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) and Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing).
The Briton Lando Norris (McLaren) is 9th and the Thai Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) 10th.
The Frenchman Romain Grosjean was the only driver to abandon, a victim of a problem of water pressure.