Lewis Hamilton has claimed his first Grand Prix of the season and his first since joining Mercedes from McLaren, the Hungarian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is trying to fight his way up the Drivers’ Championship and catch up to Sebastian Vettel, who has been dominating the sport in the past 3 years winning each Drivers Championship. However, Vettel was below Hamilton in this Grand Prix as nobody could catch the Briton who was on fine form after securing pole position the day before. On the first practice day, the Red Bull duo, Vettel and Webber took first and second place, but Hamilton vitally grabbed pole.
Despite being in pole position and therefore having the advantage at the start of the race, Lewis Hamilton was not confident that he could secure the victory. The Briton was worried about his tyres again. In recent times, the tyres on the cars, not only for Mercedes but for other teams too, have been failing and forcing retires during Grand Prix race day. Nevertheless, after Pirelli changed the tyre to make them more puncture proof, there have been much less accidents making the Grand Prix safer.
In order to claim his first place spot, Lewis Hamilton had to do some skilful overtaking around various opponents. However, former team-mate and Briton, Jenson Button, helped out Lewis Hamilton by seemingly letting him pass quite easily, but holding back Sebastian Vettel for a little while longer. Despite this friendly gesture from the 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix Champion, Lewis Hamilton still had a lot to do in order to claim his first triumph of the season. This victory was Hamilton’s fourth win in Hungary in the Hungaroring, matching Michael Schumacher’s record.
The Briton’s have dominated this racecourse in recent years, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button winning 6 of the last 8 Grand Prix’s in Hungary. Lewis Hamilton has won 4 races, whilst Jenson Button has won two. Lewis Hamilton will hope to carry on and have a record fifth victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix next season, but first he will hope to win more Grand Prix’s in his first year with Mercedes, starting with next month’s Belgian Grand Prix. Hamilton commented, “I really couldn’t be happier and I hope there is many more to come.”
Both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Räikkönen finished ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the Hungarian Grand Prix, which has now affected the overall Drivers Championship standing. Vettel’s lead has been reduced to 44 points after the German only managed to finish third in this month’s race, boost Kimi Räikkönen’s odds of winning the Championship, albeit Vettel is still the favourite. Although Vettel is still on 172 points, Räikkönen has taken over Fernando Alonso on 133 points, whilst the Spaniard is on 132 points. Lewis Hamilton is fourth with 124 points.
Top 5 finishers of Hungarian Grand Prix:
1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 1:42:29.445
2. Kimi Räikkönen – Lotus +00:10.938
3. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull +00:12.459
4. Mark Webber – Red Bull +00:18.044
5. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari +00:31.411
Author Daniel Foster
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