After another amazing Formula One race this Sunday, it was Team Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton who took the checkered flag and won the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix from the world-famous Hungaroring track in Hungary.
Hamilton won his first race in the last 11 grand prix races and his first grand prix with his new Mercedes team. The 2013 campaign hasn’t turned out the way Hamilton and Team Mercedes expected—fourth in the points standings coming into Sunday—but both driver and team are back on track after stealing the victory.
It was Team Mercedes' third win of the season and Hamilton’s fourth career Hungarian Grand Prix victory.
Team Lotus had another great showing as Kimi Raikkonen managed to finish second. Team Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished third and fourth, respectively, while Team Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso managed to finish fifth.
Full Hungarian Grand Prix 2013 Results
|3||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||2|
|4||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||10|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||14|
|13||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||8|
|14||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||20|
|18||Paul di Resta||14||Force India||18|
|22||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||11|
Finishing order via NBC Sports.
Lewis Hamilton won the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix—the 30th pole of his career—and took the field through the first lap and beyond as the leader.
Hamilton’s car was strong at the start of the race and maintained that torrid pace throughout the event. While there were other drivers who ran stronger laps on Sunday, no one could match his overall consistency and speed.
While Hamilton held the race lead, the story of the first half of the event was Romain Grosjean and the way he worked his way through the field. Grosjean was dominating and running some of the fastest laps of the day, and the veteran driver made two of the most entertaining passes as well.
Instead of being rewarded for a great Formula One move, Grosjean was penalized with a pass-through pit stop for making a tough turn around another veteran in Felipe Massa. The move looked like hard racing and not worthy of a penalty, but the officials felt differently.
As the focus shifted back to the racing, the pit strategies and tire changes became the focus of the race. With Hamilton leading much of the race, it wasn’t until the final pit stops that he was overtaken temporarily by Team Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel took the lead into the last 15 laps, but Hamilton once again gained the lead when the Team Red Bull car had to make its final stop of the day. As soon as Hamilton was in first again, the English star ran away from the field.
Hamilton proved that he is one of the best in the sport and further proved that his move to Team Mercedes was the right move for his career. Let’s see if this momentum translates into more wins through the rest of the season schedule.
2013 F1 Championship Standings
|Rank||Driver||Points||Behind||Starts||Wins||Top 5||Top 10||DNF||Laps||Laps Led|
|10||Paul di Resta||36||136||10||0||1||7||2||584||3|
|21||Giedo van der Garde||0||172||10||0||0||0||2||542||0|
Standings via NBC Sports.
After an amazing 2013 Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix, the next race on the schedule will be the Belgian Grand Prix on Aug. 25. With an extended amount of time off for drivers and teams to enjoy the summer, the downtime will allow manufacturers to steady the ship before the second half begins.
The Belgian Grand Prix is always entertaining, and the fact that some of the most talented drivers on Earth will race on the world-renowned Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps guarantees this is an event all motorsports fans will enjoy.
The race will be televised on NBC Sports Network in the United States starting at 8 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. BST in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports F1.