The Mercedes team felt Red Bull breathing down their necks all weekend in Budapest, but Sunday was all Lewis Hamilton. After a great start of holding back Daniel Ricciardo and his teammate Nico Rosberg, Hamilton was on his way to a historic fifth Hungarian Grand Prix victory, to take the record from the legendary Michael Schumacher. The entire race was essentially won at the start. Had either Rosberg or Ricciardo been able to keep up with Hamilton heading out of the first sector the race could have had an entirely different ending.
Hamilton started second on the grid and got off to an incredible start, which gave him the inside line heading into turn one and two. He was able to fend off the hard-charging Ricciardo from behind him and kept Rosberg at bay as well. Whilst Hamilton drove to a comfortable victory by nearly two seconds it wasn’t without some worry. After the first stop, Hamilton and the Mercedes team put on the yellow-walled soft tyres and Hamilton just couldn’t find any pace on them. Through both stints on the soft tyres, Rosberg was gaining time but Hamilton did what all great drivers have done, and held on. Hamilton drove an excellent race but even he knows that there were too many mistakes on the track. Hamilton has gotten into a groove, winning the five of the last six Grand Prix, which for the rest of the field, and his championship rival and teammate Nico Rosberg, is a very bad thing.
Hamilton now holds a six-point lead in the Drivers’ Championship but he has to be wary. Rosberg won’t go away easily and for those of you who believe in superstition, the last time the winner of the Hungarian Grand Prix also won the Drivers’ Championship was back in 2004, when Schumacher won in Budapest and took home his seventh and final World Championship.