F1 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix result: Hot Hamilton wins in Hungary
PUBLISHED: 14:47 28 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:10 28 July 2013
FORMULA 1 hero Lewis Hamilton drove a superb, faultless race to win a nail-biting 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for his first victory of the season.
2013 Hungarian Grand Prix result
Provisional top 10 result:
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
4 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
6 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
7 Jenson Button (McLaren)
8 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
9 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
10 Pastor Maldonado (Williams)
The 28-year-old Mercedes star from Hertfordshire said after qualifying that he would need “a miracle” to win in the heat at the Hungaroring today (Sunday).
Hamilton’s prayers were answered. An on-fire Lewis magnificently took the chequered flag in Hungary for his first victory of the 2013 campaign – and first for new team Mercedes AMG Petronas – ahead of the summer break.
It was also his fourth victory at the circuit near Budapest, and followed last year’s triumph for McLaren, which was also achieved from pole position. He also won in Hungary in 2007 and 2009.
The 2008 F1 world champion drove brilliantly all afternoon and showed his skill and class with a couple of opportunistic passes on Mark Webber.
Kimi Raikkonen took the second step on the podium for Lotus, nearly 11 seconds behind Hamilton. World champion Sebastian Vettel finished third, with Red Bull team-mate Webber fourth after starting 10th.
Fernando Alonso finished fifth in the provisional results and Romain Grosjean sixth, pending a stewards’ investigation.
Celebrating his 22nd career F1 victory, Hamilton said: “What a great weekend! We really didn’t expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night [Saturday] 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 [Button] and Mark [Webber], 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.”
Hamilton feels momentum could be swinging Mercedes’ way now as the sport heads into the mid-season break.
“I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures,” said Hamilton.
“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.”
2013 F1 Constructors’ World Championship
Placings after 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix
1 Red Bull Racing 277pts
2 Mercedes 208
3 Ferrari 194
4 Lotus 183
5 Force India 59
6 McLaren 57
Team principal Ross Brawn said: “Lewis drove an absolutely perfect race and didn’t put a foot wrong all afternoon. He was able to race aggressively and keep the tyres alive to make our strategy work.”
Team boss Toto Wolff added: “What an outstanding drive from Lewis this afternoon. He got a clean getaway and then executed the race strategy perfectly, including some really strong and aggressive overtaking moves when he needed to.”
Hamilton made a clean start from pole and reached the first corner ahead of Vettel, with the German being challenged on either side by Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean.
It was an eventful first lap for Hamilton’s Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg after initially challenging Vettel. He was tapped by Felipe Massa and twice went off the track in the opening lap, starting the second lap down in 12th place.
F1 2013 FIA World Drivers’ Championship
Standings after Round 10:
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 172pts
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 134
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 133
4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 124
5 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 105
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 84
Vettel had closed to within half a second of Hamilton by lap three, but the Mercedes man responded to extend his lead to 0.9s and then moved out of DRS reach.
His lead was 1.4s on lap six of 70, with Grosjean now chasing Vettel and within DRS range.
Of the leaders, Hamilton entered the pits first after nine laps, switching to the medium compound prime tyres, but he rejoined the race behind the McLaren of Jenson Button in eighth place.
Hamilton soon cleared his former teammate to get in some clean air on his fresh tyres, with Vettel now leading the race from Grosjean.
"I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures."
Vettel pitted for a new set of tyres after 11 laps, but saw Hamilton and Button just ahead of him as he exited the pitlane, with Grosjean now leading the race.
With the Frenchman then pitting, Mark Webber – still on his first set of tyres – took the lead for Red Bull, with Hamilton up to second, and Button holding third place ahead of Vettel and the Lotus of Grosjean.
The fight for third place allowed Hamilton to pull seven seconds clear of the Button, Vettel, Grosjean train. The German world champion was told to drop back from Button, to get out of the McLaren’s slipstream to keep his car cool.
That enabled Grosjean to close right up on the Red Bull. Vettel’s front right cascade wing was also broken after earlier contact with Button, and the German was unable to make full use of his KERS unit.
Vettel finally edged clear of Button on turn four with a smart move, and Grosjean and Alonso also passed the McLaren, with Hamilton regaining the lead after Webber’s first stop.
Button lost ground after contact with Grosjean and pitted, swapping from the prime tyre to the options, while the French Lotus driver has penalised with a drive-through for leaving the track earlier in the race when overtaking Massa. Stewards will pass judgement on Grosjean’s incident with Button after the race.
Having been held up by Button for a dozen laps, Vettel found himself 13.3 seconds behind race leader Hamilton approaching lap 30.
The advantage was still 11 seconds when Hamilton pitted for a second time, crucially coming out in fourth place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.
Hamilton climbed into third place after superbly taking Webber on the outside of turn two and was soon all over the back of Alonso’s red Ferrari.
With Alonso and Vettel both pitting, Hamilton found himself leading the race by a second from Webber, with Red Bull’s reigning F1 world champion once again behind Button’s McLaren.
After setting a new fastest lap on lap 35 of 1m 26.194s, race leader Hamilton was told to start looking after his rear tyres. With 50 of the race’s 70 laps gone, Hamilton held a 15-second advantage over Vettel.
He then made his final stop for mediums but came out just behind Webber. The Mercedes star didn’t take long to take the Red Bull at turn three, with Webber running wide and off the track.
Vettel pitted for a final time with 15 laps to go, handing Hamilton the race lead once again, which he maintained until the line.
Hamilton’s Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg retired five laps from the finish with an engine failure and fire coming from his exhaust.
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