Lewis Hamilton wins in Hungary to take championship lead


Lewis Hamilton leads the Formula One championship for the first time this season after cruising to a record-breaking fifth victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton led from start to finish in a race which he controlled from the very outset after overtaking pole-sitter Nico Rosberg on the long run down to turn one.

Hamilton's car leads the race (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
(Darko Vojinovic/AP)

With just one more race to go before the summer break - next Sunday's German Grand Prix - Hamilton has moved six points clear of his Mercedes team-mate Rosberg in his quest for a hat-trick of consecutive titles.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo joined Hamilton, now a winner in five of the last six grands prix, and Rosberg on the podium after he finished a distant third.

Hamilton performed a quick 'dab' to celebrate.

Hamilton, the defending champion, believed he was robbed of a certain pole on Saturday night after he was forced to abort his final timed lap in qualifying following Fernando Alonso's spin in his McLaren.

The mistake by the Spaniard, and unfortunate timing for Hamilton, paved the way for Rosberg to start Sunday's race from the front of the grid.

from left, Hamilton, Rosberg and Ricciardo  (Darko Vojinovic/AP)
(Darko Vojinovic/AP)

Yet despite a string of poor starts this season, it was Hamilton who out-gunned his championship rival with a bold move on his team-mate at the long, right-hander on the opening lap.

Matters then got worse for Rosberg, who dropped to third behind Ricciardo, before he swept around the outside of the Red Bull with an impressive overtake at turn two.

But with passing largely impossible at the Hungaroring, Rosberg faced an uphill task of getting past Hamilton. And so it proved.

Ricciardo pitted for a second time at the end of lap 33, and suddenly Hamilton turned in his fastest laps of the race. When Hamilton and Rosberg then stopped for a second time eight and nine laps later respectively, they both emerged ahead of Ricciardo, and from there the race was all but over.

Hamilton has now triumphed more times in Hungary than any other driver in the sport's history.

Jenson Button, on the other hand, endured a miserable afternoon after a hydraulic issue in the opening laps dropped him to the back of the field.

Jenson Button's car on the Hungaroring track(Darko Vojinovic/AP)
(Darko Vojinovic/AP)

He was told to continue which prompted a rather sarcastic reply from the 2009 world champion. "Fantastic," he said. "Race from hell this is going to be."

And it was, as he spent most of the race at the back of the field, before he retired with only a handful of laps remaining.