Lewis Hamilton sets F1 record at Hungarian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo eighth

Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and move to top spot in the Formula 1 world championship table.

 

 

1st: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes2nd: Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +8.702s3rd: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, +9.452s8th: Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, +1 lap

 

The British driver once again called for more to be done in regards to racism and inequality in the sport after another chaotic protest.

 

Hamilton and others, such as his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, took a knee while others appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and before long, the national anthem had started and Hamilton and those kneeling had to quickly stand up out of respect for the host country.

 

“I don’t think it’s being taken serious,” the British driver said.

 

“I think there are perhaps people who have not grown up around [the issue of racism] and don’t understand it.

 

“From a driver’s point of view, well many people seem to be of the opinion they’ve [taken a knee] once and [are] not going to do it again.

 

“I think ultimately it’s still individuals thinking it’s not important.”

 

Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly nine-second margin over second-place Max Verstappen suggested.

 

The British driver’s 86th Grand Prix win moved him just five behind the German great Schumacher’s F1 record of 91.

 

“I remember watching Michael on TV win all his races,” Hamilton said.

 

“Now I’m getting closer to the amount of wins he has, it just reminds me of the dominance and excellence he showed for so long. I can understand the position he was in and I can understand the pressures he had. It’s pretty remarkable.”

 

Schumacher won the French GP eight times when it was held at Magny-Cours. Hamilton first won here in 2007 and his first success with Mercedes also came at the Hungaroring track in 2013, the year after replacing Schumacher on the Silver Arrows team.

 

 

Hamilton made a clean start but teammate Bottas, from second spot, appeared to go early before stopping and plummeting down the running order as Lance Stroll, the Ferraris of Vettel and Charles Leclerc and Verstappen from seventh all flew past.

 

 

Verstappen drove superbly to hold off Bottas, who finished less than one second behind him in third to relinquish the championship lead after three races.

 

Second was a significant position for Verstappen after Red Bull was forced into frantic repairs of the Dutchman’s car on the grid before the race.

 

About 20 minutes before the start, Verstappen damaged the front wing when going over a kerb and sliding into the barriers on a warm-up lap.

 

Team principal Christian Horner looked on anxiously as mechanics replaced it and repaired the suspension, working frantically to get his car ready with the clock ticking.

 

“The mechanics did an amazing job. I don’t know how they did it but they were incredible … Just on time,” a jubilant Verstappen said.

 

“To be able to split the two Mercedes cars was great for us.

 

“I thought I was not going to race so to be second was like a victory today.”

 

 

Ricciardo’s Renault team protested the legality of the Racing Point car for the second weekend in a row, claiming the car has the same brake ducts as last year’s championship winning Mercedes team, which is illegal.

 

F1 rules state that certain aspects of cars must be designed fully by the team and not borrowed from other constructors’ cars.

 

The stewards are yet to rule on Renault’s initial protest, with Renault expected to lodge the same protest until a ruling is made.

 

After three races in as many weeks, the F1 paddock has a week off before moving to Silverstone for a double header of races on August 2.

 

Silverstone is another of Hamilton’s best tracks, where he holds the record with six wins.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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