Hamilton edges ahead of Rosberg in battle for Formula One title

Ross Houston
August 7, 2016

Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez has called Lewis Hamilton "disrespectful" following an incident during yesterday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The defending world champion won the Hungarian GP last Sunday to move into P1 in the title race for the first time this season and leapfrogs rival team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Reigning champion Hamilton is now six points clear of Mercedes team-mate Rosberg at the top of the standings, having overtaken the German pole-sitter early in proceedings and surpassed Michael Schumacher's four wins in Budapest.

At first the Red Bulls stayed close to the Mercedes, with Verstappen complaining he was "driving like a grandma" behind Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo won the third place after a well-defended race from Sebastian Vettel.

There was no rain today, and we had a formation lap unlike the previous race where a safety vehicle led the way.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull after pushing the Mercedes pair hard enough at one point for the champions to tell Hamilton to pick up the pace. The next race is the German Grand Prix scheduled for this coming weekend at the Hockenheimring. "This is a race where you don't need a five or 10 second gap. I was just managing the tyres", insisted Hamilton.

"That's how I did my speed and lifted off 30 meters before my braking point, so I was just rolling there, 20 kilometres per hour slower until I got to the apex". "I'm still in the mentality of chasing", he said. Hamilton started the race in the second spot where he passed Rosberg and then maintained a healthy lead over his peers. Then after the checkered flag, Gutiérrez was assessed a five-second penalty for ignoring the blue flags as Hamilton lapped him, dropping him to 13th.

"I really would love to come out of the next race with another result like this so that when I do go to Spa or Monza, whichever one it is that I have to take my penalty...that it's minimum damage", he said.

Hamilton and Rosberg both ended up in the gravel at turn four on the opening lap of the Barcelona race back in May.

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.

Meanwhile the championship leader claims the gesture wasn't a rude one, adding: "I may have wanted to do that [the middle finger], but I didn't". "The first one was a bit bittersweet but this one I can definitely enjoy - the smile is definitely back on my face".

"I think the first part of the race we were quite competitive", Ricciardo said.

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