Hamilton overtakes Rosberg with record Hungary win

Yolanda Curtis
August 7, 2016

The Mexican also caused some controversy when he ignored the blue flags being waved to indicate he should move over as a backmarker, and allow race leader Lewis Hamilton through, who at the time was being closed down by Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The win was Hamilton's fifth in Hungary, making Hamilton the most successful driver at the Hungaroring in its 31-race history with one more victory than Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton was 43 points behind Rosberg after they collided on the opening lap at the Barcelona race in May, but after winning five of the six subsequent races, Hamilton will head to Germany next week - the final round before the summer break - in charge of the title race. Verstappen is the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race in 2016. The Red Bull Racing package seemed superior to Ferrari's, as Vettel could not get close enough and overtake Ricciardo.

"Thank you for making that statement, so now I'm going to put my response", Rosberg said, patting Hamilton gently on the shoulder.

"I gave it everything in the race, I had super pace, really fast, and I was able to keep the pressure on Lewis all the time", said Rosberg on his YouTube channel. Red Bull won them both. The 2009 world champion's vehicle developed a brake problem on lap five, he was handed a drive-through penalty for illegal radio communication on lap 10, and he became the race's only retirement on lap 60.

"It was the best drive of my career but then I spun and we didn't get any points".

Despite losing the championship lead midway through the season, Rosberg, who Friday signed a contract extension with Mercedes through 2018, was confident about the remaining races. "It's still a long, long way to go", Rosberg said.

In fact, Hamilton proved to be the dominant force all through the race, getting his front wing ahead of Rosberg's at the very first corner of the race, and staying ahead of the rest of the pack all the way to the end of the race. "I just need to do what I have to do".

"It's still close and it just takes a small thing to switch it the other way and I want to do that at Hockenheim". Hamilton now leads the championship by six points from the German driver.

Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton contacted the FIA for clarification after the session, while the stewards eventually investigated Rosberg but felt he had slowed sufficiently.

"I don't think [it's over]", said Wolff. "It's flawless for us, we're single, not so much for Nico, but I really enjoyed it". Hamilton controlled the race from there, hindered only at a few points due to traffic and running wide at a turn.

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