Lewis Hamilton has won his first race for Mercedes-Benz, taking his 22nd career victory and his first as a Mercedes driver. It’s the 13th Formula One win for a Silver Arrow and the third victory in five races for the team. Lewis’ fourth win at the Hungaroring takes the tally of wins for Mercedes-Benz F1 engines to 99. Nico Rosberg did not finish the race, retiring with an engine failure. He had tangled with Felipe Massa one lap one and dropped to P12 after that. Mercedes strengthens its second place in the Constructors’ Championship.
As seems to be custom in Hungary when Hamilton wins, Kimi Raikkonen took second place after a two-stop strategy. A charging Sebastian Vettel claimed third place.
Hamilton said, “What a great weekend! We really didn’t expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night that I would need a miracle to win today. Well, just maybe they do happen. The team called the strategy and the pit stops just right and then it was just about managing the gap. I had some racing to do out there, though, with Jenson and Mark and I think we had the pace on everyone today. The team has just done an exceptional job: we have worked so hard to understand these tires and we got the balance spot on today. I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the team here and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. Team work achieved this result today and I really couldn’t be happier.”
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