Lewis Hamilton was able to contain a chase by rival Sebastian Vettel, to clinch the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, his sixth victory of the season.
Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari came in second displacing Hamilton’s Mercedes mate, Valteri Bottas, who was second to Hamilton on Saturday.
Bottas came in fifth, behind Raikkonen of Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull.
“What a beautiful day… A big thank you to everyone back at the factory”, Hamilton said at the end of the race.
Even as Hamilton was recording his 77th pole position on Saturday afternoon, there were few who thought that the British driver would maintain that position 24 hours later.
But a nervy display from Ferrari on Sunday allowed Hamilton to fairly cruise to his 67th win, sharing the podium with chief rival Sebastian Vettel and team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
The Mercedes had looked to be a hard car to drive during all of Friday and Saturday’s practice running, with both Hamilton and Bottas spinning at the Turn 6 chicane in FP3.
But come Sunday, the four-time champion appeared to have the W09 exactly where he wanted it, as he controlled the race to extend his lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ standings to 25 points.
It had looked set to be a Mercedes one-two with six laps left to go. But Vettel used DRS to sweep past Valtteri Bottas, into Turn 1. When the Finn tried to fight back into Turn 2, he locked up and clipped Vettel. The German continued, pulling team mate Kimi Raikkonen through with him, as Bottas dropped to fourth with a damaged front wing.
Three laps later, Bottas hit Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull as the Australian tried to make a move into Turn 1 to mark a messy end of the race for the Finn, who provisionally ended up in fifth – albeit with the stewards set to examine the Ricciardo incident after the race. Ricciardo, on the other hand, will have been delighted to finish fourth, having started the race down in P12.
Pierre Gasly drove a great race to finish in sixth for Toro Rosso, comfortably leading home Kevin Magnussen in the Haas, while Fernando Alonso gave McLaren something to smile about, coming home P8. The Renault of Carlos Sainz and the Haas of Romain Grosjean rounded out the top 10.
How the race ended:
Lewis HAMILTON MERCEDES 1:37:16.427
2 Sebastian VETTEL FERRARI +17.123s
3 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI +20.101s
4 Daniel RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING +46.419s
5 Valtteri BOTTAS MERCEDES +50.000s
6 Pierre GASLY TORO ROSSO +73.273s