Hungarian GP. Lewis Hamilton extended his championship lead by 24 points after dealing a tragic blow to Sebastian Vettel, who appeared to have lost his best chance to challenge the Mercedes driver by taking a pit stop that delayed him long enough to lose advantage over the situation.
The win came as a fifth victory of the campaign for Hamilton while Ferrari driver Vettel almost lost his spot at the second place to Hamilton’s team mate, Valtteri Bottas. But, Vettel fought back hard and passed Bottas with five laps remaining between them and the finish line.
The Ferrari driver came behind Bottas and it almost looked like the race was going to end in the same manner until Vettel drove round the outside on the run to turn Two surpassing Bottas, who locked a wheel, spin into the curb, and ended up hitting Vettel’s Ferrari and damaging the front wing of his Mercedes. Vettel escaped the situation without any critical damage and finished the race just short of 17 seconds behind Hamilton.
Kimi Raikkonen, another Ferrari team mate, stood third in Hungarian GP.
Bottas dropped to fifth position after getting into another collision with Daniel Ricciardo, who overtook the Finn at the final lap.
Hamilton with a lead
Hamilton now enters the summer with a 24-point leadership against Vettel, and his victory means all the more since the Hungaroring circuit has proven to act as a somewhat nemesis to Mercedes in the recent past.
Despite this, the Englishman dominated the tracks and secure pole position with a display par excellence on Saturday’s wet conditions, while his victory 24 hours later came as a no surprise for the spectators.