Published: Thu, August 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lewis Hamilton claims another victory in Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton claims another victory in Hungarian Grand Prix

Vegan Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton took his 81st victory today in Hungary, overtaking Max Verstappen to win the Grand Prix.

"What I really hope for is to find a competitive vehicle".

"It was hard to get by, the defence was great, and I didn't know if I could catch that 19-second gap", said the Briton of a battle with Verstappen that ebbed and flowed throughout the race.

Hamilton is having a record-breaking season - his best in more than a decade. He was followed by Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in 2nd and 3rd spot, respectively.

"At first, it did not seem possible but as soon as Lewis sniffed the position there was no holding back".

He remains a rank outsider to win the championship, lying 63 points behind Hamilton in the standings with 10 rounds - including Sunday's race, the concluding action before the summer break - left.

In the midst of this great battle between Hamilton and Verstappen, whilst Bottas was struggling further down the grid due to a collision on lap one, Ferrari were experiencing their own inter-team battle for the final podium position.

But Mercedes have not confirmed that Bottas will return to the team next year, and with Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon waiting in the wings, Bottas can be considered on the hot seat.

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Morgan Pressel (67) finished fourth at 15 under with second-round leader Ashleigh Buhai (70) alone in fifth a shot further back. I'm not going to lie, I was nervous. "I'm still here, two shots behind going into the final round playing in the final group".

In what proved a race-winning move, Hamilton came in for another pit stop on Lap 49 - putting him 20 seconds behind Verstappen but giving him much faster tires than Verstappen for the closing stages.

A terrific move from the five-time world champion on lap one, however Verstappen, too, started off brilliantly - a contrast to his previous three starts, despite two of those ending in victory.

Up ahead, Red Bull decided that they would keep Verstappen out on track.

I wasn't sure if I could close the 19-second gap, but the team said to just get your head down, so I did. "But I think Mercedes probably did have a vehicle that was slightly quicker than ours in race conditions and while we had track position, they had the ability to execute a free stop and that worked out for them". With the rubber on the Red Bull falling apart, he caught the Dutchman with room to spare and won by 17.796sec. We've seen it with the Toro Rossos and in Formula 2. "Yesterday's qualifying performance was great - he could have easily been on pole", Wolff said in Budapest.

"It's really comforting and really important to see the respect level between us". It was something that really wiped me out.

"If we were fighting on the same points, it may have been a lot more aggressive", said Hamilton.

"But the unfortunate incident of flat spotting the tyre, touching with Lewis, touching with Leclerc, within a lap all the hard work is gone". However, Hamilton, with newer tyres, began making inroads into Verstappen's lead.

He said Mercedes are constantly striving for more and, ominously for their rivals, expected improvement when racing resumes at Spa on 1 September.

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