Lewis Hamilton eases to eighth Hungarian Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton eases to eighth Hungarian Grand Prix victory

Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing performance to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and move to the summit of the world championship.

Hamilton dominated from start to finish to match Michael Schumacher's record of winning at the same venue for an eighth time.

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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy after winning the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LEONHARD FOEGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
(R to L) Second placed Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen, winner Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton and third placed Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas spary with champagne during the podium ceremony of the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARK THOMPSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing and The Netherlands during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 takes the chequered flag during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Second placed Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates with team members in parc ferme after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Joe Klamar/Pool via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme after the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel steers his car in front of Racing Point's Mexican driver Sergio Perez during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll steers his car during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 leads Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Darko Bandic/Pool via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on the way to the grid before the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Charles Leclerc of Monaco driving the (16) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Haas F1's Danish driver Kevin Magnussen steers his car in front of Racing Point's Mexican driver Sergio Perez during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes leads a line of cars during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Racing Point team members work in the pit lane during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Williams' Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi steers his car during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Masashi Yamamoto of Honda looks on from the Red Bull Racing pitwall during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive before the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc steers his car during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Nicholas Latifi of Canada driving the (6) Williams Racing FW43 Mercedes on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Scuderia AlphaTauri team members prepare for a pitstop during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 makes a pitstop for new tyres during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Racing Point RP20 Mercedes during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Mason - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda retires during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia AlphaTauri AT01 Honda retires during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 19: Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Racing Point's Mexican driver Sergio Perez steers his car in front of Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel driver Charles Leclerc during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Haas F1's French driver Romain Grosjean steers his car in front of Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll and Ferrari's Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Renault's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo steers his car in front of Williams' Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi (L) and Red Bull's Thai driver Alex Albon during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix race at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Joe Klamar / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Briton finished ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, with Valtteri Bottas third. Racing Point's Lance Stroll took the flag in fourth ahead of Red Bull driver Alexander Albon and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton, who has now won two of the opening three grands prix, moves five points clear of Bottas at the top of the table in his quest for a record-equalling seventh title.

Following a deluge of rain an hour before the start, the race began in damp conditions. Indeed, Verstappen could count himself fortunate to even make the start after he thudded into the barriers on his way to the grid.

The Dutchman lost control of his Red Bull at the right-handed Turn 12, colliding with the wall and losing his front wing. But his mechanics pulled off a miracle job to ensure his wounded machine was repaired in time for lights out.

Verstappen started in seventh, but he was soon up to third following an emphatic start in the greasy conditions.

Hamilton was supreme off his marks, too, leading the drag race down to the opening bend from Stroll and Verstappen. Remarkably, the Englishman finished the first lap three seconds clear of Stroll.

Starting alongside Hamilton, Bottas had been expected to take the challenge to his Mercedes team-mate, but his afternoon was dealt a major blow following a poor start which saw him fall from the front row to seventh by the end of the first tour.

Bottas attempted to chase down Verstappen in the closing stages, taking on a new set of tyres with 20 laps remaining, but the Finn's challenge fell just short.

There were no such concerns for Hamilton who led by as many as nine seconds when he stopped on the third lap for slick rubber.

Verstappen stayed out for one lap more than his Mercedes rival, but his stop for dry tyres allowed Hamilton to assume the lead.

From there, the Englishman never looked back. He was even able to stop for a fresh set of tyres with four laps to run to take a bonus point for the fastest lap, crossing the line 8.7 seconds clear of Verstappen and lapping the entire field up to Albon in fifth.

As well as it being his third victory in a row at the Hungaroring, it was also his eighth in all here, matching Schumacher who won the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours eight times.

Hamilton's triumph, the 86th of his career, now moves him to within just five of Schumacher's win record, and following Mercedes' emphatic performance this weekend, the Briton is now the overwhelming favourite to join the German on seven championship triumphs.

Albon passed Vettel for fifth in the closing stages. Sergio Perez, who started fourth, finished seventh following a poor start.

McLaren's Lando Norris also suffered at the start, finishing a lowly 14th from his position of eighth on the grid.

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