Lewis Hamilton heads into Formula One’s summer break with a comfortable 24-point lead over rival Sebastian Vettel after cruising to victory from pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Hamilton was untroubled as he secured a second straight win, his fifth of the season and 67th overall. Vettel was second.
“It’s great to go into the break with back-to-back wins,” said Hamilton, who won in Germany last week. “That boost will last a long time with our team.”
After 12 of 21 races, defending champion Hamilton has the momentum. At the same stage last season, he trailed Vettel by 14 points.
“What a beautiful day; what a great car,” said Hamilton, who won by 17 seconds. “We’ve had an amazing job by the team, and we came here with Ferrari pushing.”
Mercedes missed out on a 1-2 as Valtteri Bottas was overtaken by Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with five laps to go.
Bottas and Vettel touched during the overtaking move, with some debris flying off the Mercedes.
“I got a hit from behind. I wasn’t sure what was going on,” Vettel said. “Lucky that the car wasn’t broken and we could carry on.”
In a dramatic finish, Bottas lost control of his car as he bumped Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.
“I just ended up being a mess in the end with a broken car,” Bottas said.
Bottas was told on team radio to give the position back to Ricciardo, who finished a commendable fourth after starting 12th. Bottas was later given a 10-second time penalty but this did not affect results, with Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly remaining in sixth place.