Lewis Hamilton claims faultless win at Hungarian GP

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Bottas, who lost part of his front wing, finished fifth after a late collision with Daniel Ricciardo, who then overtook the Finn on the final lap in his second shot at the wounded Mercedes auto.

"I tried to defend as best I could".

"The battle with Valtteri, I wouldn't call it that fun", said Ricciardo.

It was a welcome return to form for Ricciardo, who had failed to finish in two of the previous three grand prix. "It is very hard".

Now they might have to try something a little different strategically.

The Australian's Dutch team mate Max Verstappen retired early on with a Renault engine failure that infuriated both driver and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. Red Bull is splitting with Renault and working with Honda next season.

Hamilton takes a commanding lead into the mid-season break after winning in Hungary. "That boost will last a long time with our team".

Ricciardo nonetheless regrouped and overtook Bottas shortly after to seal a strong recovery drive from 12th on the grid, having dropped as low as 16th after Turn 1 contact with Marcus Ericsson.

"What a attractive day, what a great auto", said Hamilton, who won by 17 seconds.

He said: "The second half of the season is always intense but it is usually when it gets a bit better on our side".

Hamilton emerged from his auto drenched in sweat after racing under a scorching sun on the outskirts of Budapest, with Vettel, who finished second, the first to go over to him to shake his hand and congratulate him on a win that had looked so improbable on Friday with Ferrari clearly having the quickest vehicle.

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This came back to bite Bottas later in the race as Mercedes did not have a large-enough window to change his tyres again.

"Have I got my DRINK?" "We are over halfway of the year, the points gap is big, so I'm sure the team will decide at some point".

After one lap under Virtual Safety Car conditions, Hamilton resumed his charge.

"The second half is always exciting and intense", said Hamilton. So his stop was essentially to cover for Raikkonen. "Apart from that, it wasn't an issue".

Bottas would eventually finish in fifth place, while teammate Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over Vettel in the standings by taking first.

Hamilton said: "We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend, but to come out with these points, we'll definitely take it as a bonus".

Vettel was now only a couple of second off Bottas and only passed the Finn when the latter made a decision to pit on Lap 15, a lap after Raikkonen.

Prior to last week's German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton's hopes of victory were dashed when his auto failed during the first part of qualifying, forcing the Brit to start from 14th place on the grid.

Mercedes chose to bring Hamilton in on Sunday for his only tire change on lap 26. Vettel, now in P2 was a distant second over Hamilton, while the incident allowed Raikkonen to move to P3. Vettel, on the other hand, jumped to P3 on the opening lap passing Raikkonen at Turn 2.

But it was another poor stop from Ferrari, whose mechanics struggled to fit the front left tire. Hamilton had track position, however, and his team used it to ensure he took victory, with Vettel in second.

On arguably the most hard track for overtaking in F1 after Monaco, it greatly reduced Vettel's hopes of finishing second. Mercedes were quick to tell the Finn to give Ricciardo the position back, perhaps in an effort to limit any later penalties.

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