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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 21 November 2018

Lewis Hamilton extends lead to 24 points with Hungarian GP victory

The Briton wins for sixth time at the Hungaroring as frustrated title rival Vettel has to settle for second after surviving contact with Bottas

Mercedes-GP driver Lewis Hamilton, left, leads on his way to winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. AP Photo
Mercedes-GP driver Lewis Hamilton, left, leads on his way to winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. AP Photo

Lewis Hamilton moved 24 points clear at the top of the Formula One drivers' standings after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton dominated the 70-lap race as he finished ahead of title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel ran third for most of the afternoon in his Ferrari but moved up to second when he passed Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas with five laps to go.

Bottas attempted to get the position back from Vettel, but on worn tyres he out-braked himself and hit the rear of the Ferrari.

Vettel escaped without any damage while Bottas broke his front wing, and the Finn also collided with the Red Bull Racing car of Daniel Ricciardo in the closing laps.

Hamilton controlled the race from the front with the main narrative being as to whether Vettel could get through, having started fourth, to challenge him.

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He had run third behind Hamilton and Bottas in the early stages and he took the lead when the Mercedes pair both pitted.

But Vettel, running a longer first stint, missed out on the chance to leapfrog Bottas when he pitted as a problem with the wheel gun on the right front cost him two seconds and kept him in third.

But Vettel did pass him, and in the aftermath of the contact with Bottas, his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen came through to take third place.

Ricciardo recovered from starting 12th to finish fourth as also pass Bottas, who finished fifth, on the final lap.

However, his teammate Max Verstappen retired with engine problems.

Pierre Gasly was sixth in his Toro Rosso ahead of Kevin Magnussen's Haas