Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton earns easy victory to extend championship lead

first_imgThe Hungarian GP turned out to be a cakewalk for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton as he eased to a victory from pole position to extend his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on Sunday.Hamilton never looked in trouble on his way to fifth win of the 2018 season and his 67th overall.Hamilton now leads Vettel by 24 points after 12 of 21 races. They will continue their battle for a fifth F1 title when the championship resumes at the Belgian GP on August 26.However, Mercedes missed out on a perfect weekend as they missed out on a 1-2 as Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with five laps to go.NOW THATS WHAT WERE TALKING ABOUT! #HungarianGP pic.twitter.com/kzAVKHBSJoMercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) July 29, 2018Bottas and Vettel touched during the overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.”I got a hit from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Vettel said. “Lucky that the car wasn’t broken and we could carry on.”In a dramatic finish, Bottas lost control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.Bottas was told on team radio to give the position back to Ricciardo, who finished a commendable fourth after starting 12th. Bottas risked further penalty after being summoned to speak to stewards over the incident.The pivotal moment in the fight for the podium #HungarianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/cmwdi1enwfFormula 1 (@F1) July 29, 2018Ricciardo’s teammate, Max Verstappen, launched a series of expletives after engine failure curtailed his race after eight laps.advertisementIt is the fourth time Verstappen has failed to finish this season. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed the Renault engine as being substandard. Red Bull is splitting with Renault and working with Honda next season.Vettel and Raikkonen drove well considering both endured a botched pit stop because of a slow tire change.What’s cooler than being cool?ICE cool #HungarianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/GRfof4B1pVFormula 1 (@F1) July 29, 2018Ferrari team strategy meant Raikkonen pitted twice for new tires and — on a scorching hot day — Ferrari bafflingly forgot to properly attach his drinks supply.Hamilton secured pole with a brilliant last lap in the rain on Saturday, while Vettel started a modest fourth behind Raikkonen and Bottas.The long straight up to Turn 1 was Ferrari’s best and — ultimately — only chance of overtaking Hamilton. But he comfortably held position while Vettel jumped ahead of Raikkonen and almost caught Bottas.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more