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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hamilton breaks down Verstappen to win Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton breaks down Max Verstappen to win F1 Hungarian GP.

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix with a marvellous, controlled run and an inspired strategy from his Mercedes team beating the Red Bull of Max Verstappen into second after a gripping encounter at the Hungaroring. Sebastian Vettel finished third, with his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc fourth.

Hamilton came very close to pulling off a brave move for the lead around the outside of the 150mph Turn Four.

But a gamble by Mercedes to make an extra pit stop gave Hamilton much faster tyres for the closing stages and he closed a 20-second deficit in less than 20 laps to pass Verstappen for the lead with three laps to go.

It puts Hamilton 62 points ahead in the championship with nine races to go - and a maximum of 234 points available. His sixth title is as good as won.

Lewis Hamilton staged a thrilling win and overtake Max Verstappen for victory in Hungarian Grand Prix.

Formula 1: 2019 F1 drivers Championship standings...

1 -   Hamilton 250

2 -   Bottas 188

3  -   Verstappen 181

4  -   Vettel 156

5  -   Leclerc 132

6   -   Gasly 63

7  -   Sainz 58

8  -   Raikkonen 31

Reaction after the Hungarian GP: What they said.

Hamilton:  "I'm tired which is how it should be. I feel really grateful for the day and for the team for continuing to believe in me and push to the limits. We've been together seven years and it never gets old and it always feels brand new like a new win for us and if it was not for these guys and the guys back at the factory, it wouldn't be possible."

Verstappen:    "We were just not fast enough. I tried everything I could on that hard tyre to stay alive. Still, second, fastest lap, a good weekend overall. Congrats to Lewis, he was pushing me really hard. I like that. Still a good weekend for us. We were just lacking a bit of grip. We tried a one-stop, they had the opportunity for two and that worked out well."

Vettel:    "Obviously we had a sitting in P4 to lose. We stayed out long in the first stint and we hoped the softs would last at the end and they did. I'm happy to get some champagne now. We couldn't go the pace with these two and it's good now to get a break - everyone has been working really hard and we need to recharge our batteries."

 What happens next:  When Formula 1 Next Race? 

F1 heads into its nearly four-week summer break before reconvening at the Belgian Grand Prix on the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps track on the first weekend on 1 September.

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