Lewis Hamilton wins at Hungaroring for the seventh time
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) has won the Hungarian Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship. It’s his seventh win at Hungaroring, eighth win this season and 81st F1 victory in a career.
Hamilton and his team managed to win a strategic battle against Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, who started the race from the pole position for the first time in his F1 career but didn’t convert it into a victory. Verstappen led for most of the race but Hamilton’s unscheduled second pit stop became decisive, helping him to overtake Verstappen on fresher tyres with just three laps to go.
Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari) finished the race in the third place, more than a minute behind the winner, with his teammate Charles Leclerc on his tail.
Only four drivers completed 70 laps, with fifth-placed Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren) leading the rest of the field. The other point scorers are Pierre Gasly (Red Bull), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Lando Norris (McLaren) and Alex Albon (Toro Rosso).
After losing a lead, Verstappen was forced to pit, having run out of tyres. In the closing laps, he set the fastest lap, to get the extra bonus point. Now, he is still third in the championship but just seven points (188:181) behind Valtteri Bottas. Lewis Hamilton is comfortably first, with 250 points on his account.