Lewis Hamilton dominates the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of F1 summer break
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 29, 2018 Updated: 12:39 PM PT
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton ended the first half on the 2018 Formula One season on a high note by extending his lead in the drivers’ championship by 24 points as he took his 67th career victory at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton backed up his dominant qualifying performance yesterday by claiming his sixth win in Hungary as he remains king of the Hungaroring. Strategy was the name of the game, and Hamilton played it well controlling the pace from start to finish.
"The last two weekends have been such a blessing with the rain, I’m so grateful. The guys have worked so hard this year, they really deserve a good result. There’s still a lot of work to do because Ferrari are still slightly ahead of us, they had the pace this weekend, especially on this circuit. Today I had them covered, but had they been on pole, we would have struggled. So we’ve got some improvements to make in our overall package to try and close the gap to them, but I’m really happy with the job everyone’s done so far, we just have to keep going. The goal is now to really pull together and become even stronger for the second half,” said Hamilton.
Sebastian Vettel finished second after he was able to make a late charge to battle Valtteri Bottas for the position. Vettel was able to take advantage of Bottas’ fading tires that had done nearly 51 laps as the Ferrari driver made his first attempt on the outside of Turn 1 before making his next attempt. Vettel was able to take Bottas on the outside of Turn 2, but the two made contact as Vettel closed the door in the Finnish driver and left Bottas’ wounded car behind him. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen Raikkonen, who made his way by Bottas’s damaged car, finished third taking his eighth podium of the season.
After recovering from his collision with Vettel, Bottas continued on and attempted to defend fourth from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, but the two made contact as Ricciardo attempted to take Bottas on the outside of Turn 1. Ricciardo was able to get by Bottas a lap later with the stewards investigating the incident after the race.
Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly finished sixth and brought home a positive result for the Red Bull sister team followed by Haas' Kevin Magnussen in seventh. Fernando Alonso finished eighth but lost teammate Stoffel Vandoorne who was forced to retire due to a gearbox failure.
Carlos Saniz finished ninth with Romain Grosjean taking the final points on the board completing Haas’ second double points finish of the season in tenth.
Brendon Hartley finished outside the points in 11th followed by Nico Hulkenberg in the second Renault who finished 12th. Force India drivers Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez finished 13th and 14th. Marcus Ericsson finished 15th and was the only Sauber to finish the race after losing teammate Charles Leclerc after he sustained damage to his car on the opening lap that forced him to retire from the race.
The Williams of Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll finished at the bottom of the order in 16th and 17th.
The first half of the season is in the books, some drivers and teams now have two days of testing in Hungary before the summer break officially starts.
With five races in six weeks, which included F1’s first triple header, everyone in the Formula One community will be looking forward to some much rest before returning to the thrilling roller coaster ride that has been the 2018 Formula One season.