Hamilton takes points lead with win in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton is the points leader for the first time this season after a dominating victory in Hungary.

He got the jump on pole sitter Nico Rosberg on the initial start and never looked back as the driver of the No. 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas car scored the victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix. It’s his 48th win in Formula 1 and fifth at the Hungaroring. It’s the first win for Mercedes at the track in the turbo-hybrid era (2014-present).

Rosberg came home second in his No. 6 Mercedes. Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium in his No. 3 Red Bull Racing car. Sebastian Vettel came home fourth in his No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari. Max Verstappen rounded out the top-five in his No. 33 Red Bull.

Kimi Räikkönen, after making contact with Verstappen late in the race, finished sixth in his No. 7 Ferrari. Fernando Alonso finished seventh in his No. 14 McLaren Honda. Carlos Sainz Jr. finished eighth in his No. 55 Toro-Rosso Ferrari. Valtteri Bottas finished ninth in his No. 77 William Martini Racing Mercedes. Nico Hülkenberg rounded out the top-10 in his No. 27 Sahara Force India Mercedes.

Jenson Button was the only retirement from the race.

Hamilton leaves Hungary with a six-point lead over Rosberg in the drivers’ standings. Mercedes leaves leading the constructors’ championship.

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Tucker White
Tucker White
I've followed NASCAR for well over 20 years of my life, both as a fan and now as a member of the media. As of 2023, I'm on my eighth season as a traveling NASCAR beat writer. For all its flaws and dumb moments, NASCAR at its best produces some of the best action you'll ever see in the sport of auto racing. Case in point: Kyle Larson's threading the needle pass at Darlington Raceway on May 9, 2021. On used-up tires, racing on a worn surface and an aero package that put his car on the razor's edge of control, Larson demonstrated why he's a generational talent. Those are the stories I want to capture and break down. In addition to NASCAR, I also follow IndyCar and Formula 1. As a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I'm a diehard Tennessee Volunteers fan (especially in regards to Tennessee football). If covering NASCAR doesn't kill me, down the road, watching Tennessee football will. I'm also a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves, and I lived long enough to see them win a World Series for the first time since 1995 (when I was just a year old). I've also sworn my fan allegiance to the Nashville Predators, though that's not paid out as much as the Braves. Furthermore, as a massive sports dork, I follow the NFL on a weekly basis. Though it's more out of an obligation than genuine passion (for sports dorks, following the NFL is basically an unwritten rule). Outside of sports, I'm a major cinema buff and a weeb. My favorite film is "Your Name" and my favorite anime is "Black Lagoon."

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