Lewis Hamilton wins 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix

Article by Anita Panait, on July 29, 2013

Lewis Hamilton has secured his first Formula One victory for Mercedes with a win at the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix. He is followed by Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton initially had a heated engagement with Vettel and Romain Grosjean in the opening laps, but was able to control the race afterwards.

The only time that he gave up the lead to Grosjean and then to Reb Bull’s Mark Webber was during his pitstop. After his first pitstop, Hamilton found came up behind former McLaren teammate Jenson Button. Button, however, failed to defend and took the opportunity Hamilton to overtake him. Vettel also came up behind Button following a pitstop, leading to a contact between the two racers, causing the Red Bull a damaged wing. Vettel was able to pass Button on lap 24.

Grosjean attempted to follow, but ended up colliding with the Button. Grosjean was given a 20-second penalty in lieu of a drive-through after the race, but since he was 21.5 seconds ahead of Button, he still managed to land the sixth place. Grosjean was also given a drive-through penalty for passing Felipe Massa’s Ferrari on the outside of turn 4.

"What a great weekend! We really didn't expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night that I would need a miracle to win today. Well, just maybe they do happen. The team called the strategy and the pit stops just right and then it was just about managing the gap. I had some racing to do out there, though, with Jenson and Mark and I think we had the pace on everyone today. The team has just done an exceptional job: we have worked so hard to understand these tyres and we got the balance spot on today. I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the team here and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. Team work achieved this result today and I really couldn't be happier." said Hamilton. [source: Daimler]

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