Hamilton wins Hungary GP to tie Schumacher’s wins record

After three races into the shorten 2020 Formula One World Championship, Lewis Hamilton held a firm lead in the Drivers’ Standings. His latest maximum points came from a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend. Hamilton’s win at the Hungaroring puts him at 86 wins on the all-time list, equalling the brilliant Michael Schumacher’s win record. In runner up spot was Max Verstappen who got ahead of Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas.

With max points, Hamilton is way in front in the standings with 63 points from his team mate, 58 points. Mercedes-AMG F1 Team have 121 points against Red Bull’s 55 points in the Constructors’ rankings. Mercedes’ rivals Ferrari continue their downward spiral as Sebastien Vettel and Charles LeClerc both had an uneventful race, with Vettel 6th and LeClerc 11th.  

Hamilton commented after the race, “I was on my own for the majority, it’s a very different kind of challenge and I was pushing hard out there – particularly for the fastest lap at the end. I can’t wait for Silverstone now, although I’ll miss the energy the fans bring, so I hope I can perform for them there as I know they’ll be watching from home.”

Verstappen, who’s a clear challenger to Hamilton’s and Mercedes’ title hopes this season, could manage second best at the Hungaroring, which better suited the Mercedes cars.  “I thought the race was over before it had even started. I braked, locked a wheel, came off the brakes and tried to brake again but went straight on into the wall on the out lap. I couldn’t believe it but I managed to reverse out of the wall and get to the grid. The race could have been very different if I was stuck in seventh place for a few laps that’s for sure. To be second here between the two dominant Mercedes cars is an unbelievable result.”

Lance Stroll picked up a hard earned fourth place for BWT Racing Team with team nate Checo (Sergio) Perez finishing seventh for double points.  “P4 is a good result and I have to thank the team for such a great job today and all weekend. It was fun to fight Max [Verstappen] at the start of the race and run in P2 in the changeable conditions. We actually ended up in quite a lonely race to P4, but the main thing is that we were able to score a good haul of points for the team, and so did Checo.”

Ferrari had called the race in Hungary, “hard to swallow” for good reasons. Both Vettel and Leclerc lacked pace all race long with their SF1000s and the result did not live up to expectations. Vettel finished sixth with team mate just outside the points in eleventh.

Renault claimed its third consecutive eighth place finish as Daniel Ricciardo scored four points in a busy Hungarian Grand Prix. “Eighth was all we could achieve in the end, though. We’ve had eighth in every race so far. It’s not bad, but I do feel we have the speed for more from the first three races. We’re not far from top six finishes, it’s coming, and we know bigger points are around the corner.”

The next race for the circus moves to the Silverstone circuit in a couple of weeks.

2020 Hungarian Grand Prix, Sunday – LAT Images

2020 Hungarian GP results

1         Hamilton              1:36:12.473 

2         Verstappen          +8.702s       

3         Bottas +9.452s       

4         Stroll         +57.579s     

5         Albon     +78.316s     

6         Vettel        +1 lap

7         Perez      +1 lap

8         Ricciardo           +1 lap

9         Sainz        +1 lap

10       Magnussen         +1 lap

Drivers standings

1         Hamilton                  MERCEDES 63

2         Bottas            MERCEDES 58

3         Verstappen              RED BULL    33

4         Norris            MCLAREN    26

5         Albon            RED BULL    22

6         Perez BWT  22

7         Leclerc          FERRARI      18

8         Stroll   BWT   18

9         Sainz  MCLAREN    15

10       Vettel FERRARI      9