Lewis Hamilton executed a perfect race to capture his first win as a Mercedes driver at the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest this afternoon. The Brit remained cool in the sweltering Hungaroring heat, even as his closest challengers encountered trouble in traffic behind him.
The 2008 World Champion sealed his fourth win at the circuit, becoming the most successful driver at the eastern European track. Finn Kimi Raikkonen made the most of Lotus’ gentle tyre usage, two-stopping where the frontrunners stopped thrice to finish second. The Iceman held off Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel’s sustained attempts at passing him in the closing stages of the race. The German had to remain content with third place as his chances of fighting Hamilton for the win were thwarted by being stuck behind the McLaren of Jenson Button for as many as 12 laps following his first pitstop.