Formula One

Lewis Hamilton Commands And Conquers His Way To Hungarian Grand Prix Victory

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton victorious, dailycarblog

For the eighth time in his career, Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix. Victory was secured with at ease and in a manner matching his stature of being a six times world champion. Teammate Valtteri Bottas ensured Mercedes had the front row locked out. However, Bottas suffered a stuttering start under damp conditions as his Mercedes glitched its getaway which allowed Max Verstappen into second. Bottas fell down the order and spent much of the race battling back to the podium. 

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, dailycarblog

However, it was a tough day at the office for Bottas who struggled at times to battle his way back into contention. By the end, he managed to claw back to third just over 1 second behind Verstappen and if the race had been 1 lap longer he may have gotten past the stubborn Red Bull. As for Verstappen, a distant second to Hamilton was the best he could manage. 

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Bottas, dailycarblog

The Red Bull is no match for the Mercedes, yet Verstappen counted himself lucky to finish the race at all. As he joined the grid for pre-race preparations, the Red Bull driver slid of the track and hit the barriers. The impact damaged the left front suspension which was successfully repaired at breakneck speed on the grid.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen, dailycarblog

Beyond third, there was plenty of activity to witness. Ferrari has improved considerably, the team is now able to challenge Racing Point scraps. They are unable to challenge Red Bull and are significantly behind the Mercedes. Vettel ended the race 5th and had to endure the indignity of being lapped by Hamilton.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton celebrates, dailycarblog

The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix rubber-stamped just how dominant Mercedes are at the moment. In the Hands of Lewis Hamilton man and machine are seemingly one of the same. Valterri Bottas needs to respond to assert his desire to be crowned the driver’s world champion. He will win a few more races as the season progresses.

But the formula one world championship is as much about mental fortitude as it is physical strength or even driver talent. On every front, Hamilton delivers consistently and this is what Bottas has to match.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest:

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes701:36:12.47326
233Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda70+8.702s18
377Valtteri BottasMercedes70+9.452s15
418Lance StrollRacing Point BWT Mercedes70+57.579s12
523Alexander AlbonRed Bull Racing Honda70+78.316s10
65Sebastian VettelFerrari69+1 lap8
711Sergio PerezRacing Point BWT Mercedes69+1 lap6
83Daniel RicciardoRenault69+1 lap4
955Carlos SainzMcLaren Renault69+1 lap2
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari69+1 lap1
1116Charles LeclercFerrari69+1 lap0
1226Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri Honda69+1 lap0
134Lando NorrisMcLaren Renault69+1 lap0
1431Esteban OconRenault69+1 lap0
157Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari69+1 lap0
168Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari69+1 lap0
1799Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari69+1 lap0
1863George RussellWilliams Mercedes69+1 lap0
196Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes65+5 laps0
NC10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda15DNF0

Note – Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Magnussen and Grosjean received 10-second time penalties for use of driver aids during the formation lap. The classification of both Racing Point cars is provisional, subject to the outcome of any decision concerning a protest over their legality from the Renault team.

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