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Hamilton ahead in race for drivers’ title

Written by: Neil

Lewis Hamilton drove a faultless race from start to finish in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday (July 24th), leapfrogging his Mercedes teammate in the driver standings to move to the front of the pack as the mid-season break approaches.

The coming German Grand Prix at Hockenheim (taking place this coming weekend) will be the final race before a mid-season hiatus and it marks a stunning comeback for the reigning world champion from a position that seemed as bleak as they come just a few weeks ago.

However, having overcome an almost 50-point deficit to his title rival Nico Rosberg, Hamilton now hopes to extend his lead further after this latest thrilling victory at the Hungaroring circuit – his fifth in the last five years.

The Brit made a fantastic start to the race in Hungary, moving up from second on the grid to overtake Rosberg heading into the first corner. It was a position Hamilton would hold on to for the rest of the race – only briefly giving up the lead when coming into the pits for a fresh set of tyres.

A calm and professional performance highlighted the growing maturity of the three-times world champion, as he effectively maintained a close gap of just a few seconds to his nearest challenger Rosberg throughout the race.

The result now means that Hamilton moves six points ahead of Rosberg at the mid-point of the year, and it's a position he'll hope to build on in the remainder of the Formula 1 calendar.

 

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