rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Hungary GP PHOTOS: 'Happy' Hamilton savours first win for Mercedes

Hungary GP PHOTOS: 'Happy' Hamilton savours first win for Mercedes

July 28, 2013 21:17 IST

PIX: Hungry at Hungary: 'Happy' Hamilton savours first win for Mercedes

     Next

Next

Britain's Lewis Hamilton seized his first win for Mercedes in the Hungarian heat on Sunday while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel forged 38 points clear in the Formula One championship after finishing third.

"This is probably one of the most important grand prix wins of my career," Hamilton told the crowd after his fourth win at the Hungaroring circuit in seven years but his first with a team other than McLaren.

"I could not be happier. I hope there is plenty more to come. We have to work hard but if we can make the tyres last here we can do it anywhere."


Image: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday
Photographs: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

     Next

Vettel goes into the August break with 172 points to Raikkonen's 134

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Kimi Raikkonen, who could be Vettel's teammate next season, took second place for Lotus -- 10.9 seconds behind Hamilton -- after doing one stop fewer and holding off the German in the tense closing laps to the delight of thousands of Finns in the crowd.

"I told Kimi I was not happy but he was laughing. That's racing," Vettel, who had complained over the radio after one failed attempt to pass that Raikkonen had not given him enough room, said with a smile.

Hungary marked the midpoint in the season and after 10 of the 19 races Vettel goes into the August break with 172 points to Raikkonen's 134.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso lost ground and now has 133 after finishing fifth. Hamilton is on 124.


Image: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after finishing third during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Prev     Next

'I was hungry for it today, I was going all out'

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Hamilton, the 2008 world champion who won in Hungary for McLaren last season, led from pole position on a day when track temperatures reached 50 degrees Celsius to secure the 22nd win of his career.

"I was hungry for it today, I was going all out," said the Briton, who joins now-retired predecessor Michael Schumacher as the only drivers to have won four times in Hungary.

"Usually I get stuck in traffic and today I was going for every move I could."

The Briton had started on pole for the third race in a row and made a good start while teammate Nico Rosberg, who retired with flames shooting out of the rear of his car four laps from the end, plunged from fourth to 12th after one lap.


Image: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus celebrates on the podium after finishing second during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Grosjean ended the race under investigation

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

There were two occasions when Hamilton could have become stuck behind Vetttel's teammate Mark Webber after pitstops but he dealt with the situation aggressively to make sure of Mercedes's third win of the season.

Vettel had slotted in behind Hamilton in second place at the start with Raikkonen's teammate Romain Grosjean third and Alonso muscling up to fourth.

Grosjean's forceful treatment of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, running off track to keep position, left him with a drive-through penalty and the Frenchman ended the race under investigation after another incident with McLaren's Jenson Button.


Image: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads from Romain Grosjean of France and Lotus during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Prev     Next

Webber finished fourth; Maldonado gives Williams their first point of the season

Prev     More
Prev

More

Vettel then lost time behind Button after a pitstop while Hamilton pulled away at the front and was able to control the race and manage the new Pirelli tyres that had been his biggest concern before the start.

The tyres were changed after a spate of blowouts at last month's British Grand Prix, one of which cost Hamilton a likely victory from pole, threw the sport into crisis.

Australian Webber, who had started on the harder tyre, finished fourth for Red Bull, after starting 10th, while Grosjean ended up sixth.

Button, twice a winner in Hungary, was seventh while Massa took eighth ahead of McLaren's Mexican Sergio Perez.

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado handed former champions Williams their long-awaited first point of the season -- and first for 11 races -- with 10th place after Rosberg had pulled off.


Image: Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela and Williams prepares to drive at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday
Photographs: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Prev     More
Source:
© Copyright 2014 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.