Lewis Hamilton Claims 8th Career Victory in Hungary

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)

Today Lewis Hamilton scored the 86th win of his Formula One career – his second of the 2020 season and eighth at the Hungaroring, matching Michael Schumacher’s record for the most wins scored at the same race and the same track.

Listen – Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 42: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Hamilton also scored the additional point for fastest lap, with his 1:16.627 setting a new lap record at the Hungaroring. The Brit has now taken the lead in the Driver’s Championship on 63 points.

“What an incredible race. Honestly, that was one of my favourites that I’ve raced, even though I was on my own for the majority, it’s a very different kind of challenge and I was pushing hard out there – particularly for the fastest lap at the end. I want to say a huge congratulations to everyone back home at the factory in Brackley and at HPP in Brixworth, they’ve done such a fantastic job developing and improving for this year and this team just continues to amaze me. I love working with them and I’m grateful to be able to perform for them on weekends like this. We had great pace today, brilliant pit stops, a fantastic strategy and then, as I was managing those Mediums for a long, long time, at the end it was the perfect time to get on fresh tyres and take that extra point for fastest lap. Everything has just been on point throughout the weekend, so we need to try and keep it up. I can’t wait for Silverstone now, although I’ll miss the energy the fans bring, so I hope I can perform for them there as I know they’ll be watching from home,” said the race winner.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday - Lewis Hamilton (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)
2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday – Lewis Hamilton (image courtesy Mercedes-AMG Petronas)

Second-place finisher Max Verstappen’s race was almost over before it started, as the Dutchman crashed on the out lap before gridding up. However, thanks to a heroic effort from his crew, Verstappen could take his place in the race and score a memorable podium.

“This podium is definitely dedicated to my mechanics. I thought the race was over before it had even started. I braked, locked a wheel, came off the brakes and tried to brake again but went straight on into the wall on the out lap. I couldn’t believe it but I managed to reverse out of the wall and get to the grid. As a Team we never give up and the mechanics did an incredible job to fix the car so quickly, I don’t think anyone could actually believe they managed it but they all stayed very calm. The track was still pretty greasy but I had a good start. You cannot plan going into Turn 1 but I saw there was a traffic jam on the inside so I thought I would go around the outside where I knew there was grip in the wet and it worked. The race could have been very different if I was stuck in seventh place for a few laps that’s for sure. We then made all the right strategy calls and I just had to manage my tyres, be as consistent as possible and manage the backmarkers. To be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result and we did not expect it yesterday after qualifying and such a difficult weekend. We want to try to close the gap to Mercedes, they are really dominant at the moment so it will be very hard to beat them but we won’t stop trying,” said Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas overcame a poor start to gight his way back up to P3, which sees him drop to second place in the championship standings.

“That was a tough race. Obviously starting second on the grid, you aim to win the race, but I had a bad start and lost a few positions. I reacted to a light on my dash that went off, instead of the start lights, which then meant the car went into anti-stall and I had to do the start again. I lost some ground there and that made the race very difficult for me, as I was fighting right to the very end. It was pretty close with Max and I think the gamble to pit late on was definitely worth taking, as it gave me the difference in tyre life. But it didn’t quite pay off today. Still, I scored a good haul of points and there’s plenty to learn from this weekend, heading to Silverstone.”

03 hu race en 1 Best F1 Podcast | F1 News | F1 Standings | F1 Chronicle
03 hu pitstop en 2 Best F1 Podcast | F1 News | F1 Standings | F1 Chronicle

Leave a Comment

Recommended For You

George Russell

The Real Story Behind George Russell’s P9 At Hungary That You Probably Don’t Know!

George Russell may still be feeling emotions that no adjective ...
Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk ep 125 | 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 125: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Welcome to Episode 125 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...
Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk ep 124 | 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Analysis

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 124: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Analysis

Welcome to Episode 124 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...
Formula 1 Podcast | Grid Talk Ep 123 | 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 123: 2021 Hungarian Grand Prixview

Welcome to Episode 123 of our Formula 1 podcast, Grid ...
Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 42: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Formula 1 Grid Talk Episode 42: 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix Review

Welcome to Episode 42 of Formula 1 Grid Talk hosted ...

More in News

AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 23: Pole position qualifier Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on October 23, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202110240073 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen Snatches Dramatic USA GP Pole

In the dying moments, Max Verstappen snatched pole position for ...
2021 United States Grand Prix, Saturday - Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton Pipped To Pole In Texas

Lewis Hamilton will start the United States Grand Prix from ...
Pole Man Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, With His Pirelli Pole Position Award

2021 United States Grand Prix: Qualifying Tyre Analysis

2021 United States Grand Prix: Qualifying Tyre Analysis - With ...
AUSTIN, TEXAS - OCTOBER 22: Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda of The Americas on October 22, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202110221235 // Usage for editorial use only //

Sergio Perez Fastest On Day 1 At COTA

Red Bull's Sergio Perez has topped the timesheets on the ...
Lando Norris, Mclaren, With A Special Helmet Design

Lando Norris Off To Fast Start In Austin

McLaren driver Lando Norris is off to a fast start ...

Trending on F1 Chronicle