Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes his first Mercedes victory

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory for Mercedes with an imperious drive in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes his first Mercedes victory

The Briton pulled himself clear of a fraught race behind, in which Kimi Raikkonen ultimately beat Sebastian Vettel to second, Mark Webber salvaged fourth and Romain Grosjean's chances were spoiled by a penalty.

Hamilton's initial battle was with qualifying rivals Vettel and Grosjean, after a spicy first lap in which slow-starter Vettel had to defend hard from the Lotus as Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg also tried to get involved.

The Red Bull was right on the Mercedes' tail at first, but as the opening stint wore on, Hamilton had some respite with Vettel instead under pressure from Grosjean.

The crucial moment for Hamilton was when he emerged behind Jenson Button after his first pitstop.

Hamilton rapidly overtook and, despite the McLaren's best retaliatory efforts, pulled away.

Vettel could not do the same when he also found himself tailing Button after pitting.

The two made light contact, leaving Vettel concerned about his front wing and allowing Grosjean plenty of chances to attack, as Alonso closed in too.

It took until lap 24 for Vettel to finally pass Button, with Grosjean clashing with the McLaren as he tried to follow.

Both continued, but the incident will be investigated post-race.

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Grosjean still got a penalty in the race as well. Following his second pitstop, he boldly passed Felipe Massa's Ferrari around the outside of the fast Turn 4.

But the stewards adjudged that he had exceeded track limits in doing so and bestowed a drive-through, dropping him out of contention.

By the time Vettel was clear of Button, Hamilton had a commanding advantage over the world champion that he would not lose.

The other Red Bull was not defeated yet, though. Webber ran a very long first stint on his medium tyres and spent a while in the lead.

On their slightly different sequences, Hamilton twice emerged right behind Webber after pitstops, and twice passed him on the outside of Turn 3, with Webber ending up taking to the run-off in the second move.

Those passes ensured Webber had no chance of delaying Hamilton's progress as the Briton wrapped Mercedes' third victory of 2013.

Meanwhile Raikkonen worked his way forward on a two-stop strategy, spending the early part of the race trapped behind Massa before bringing himself into contention.

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His consistent pace meant that he emerged in second place as the final stops played out, with both Red Bulls behind him.

Vettel tried his utmost to pass Raikkonen in the closing laps and complained that the Finn was over-defensive in what turned out to be a decisive dice with two laps to go.

Webber tried to chase down this pair but had to settle for fourth, while Alonso fell away from the leaders and could only fend off Grosjean for fifth.

McLaren got both its cars in the points on two-stop strategies, with Button seventh and Sergio Perez ninth.

First-lap contact with Rosberg and a later brush with Adrian Sutil hampered Massa's day and he finished eighth.

Rosberg tumbled down to 12th in his incident with the Ferrari. He recovered to ninth before a fiery late-race failure.

The Mercedes' retirement allowed Pastor Maldonado to end Williams's points drought in 10th position.

Comprehensive race statistics on FORIX

Results - 70 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h42m29.445s 2. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault +10.938s 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault +12.459s 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault +18.044s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +31.411s 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault +52.295s* 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +53.819s 8. Felipe Massa Ferrari +56.447s 9. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap 10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault +1 lap 11. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap 13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap 14. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault +2 laps 15. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault +2 laps 16. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth +3 laps 17. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth +3 laps Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes +4 laps/DNF Nico Rosberg Mercedes +6 laps/DNF Retirements: Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 42 laps Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 28 laps Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 19 laps * 20 second penalty added to race time World Championship standings, round 10: Drivers: Constructors:  1. Vettel 172 1. Red Bull-Renault 277 2. Raikkonen 134 2. Mercedes 208 3. Alonso 133 3. Ferrari 194 4. Hamilton 124 4. Lotus-Renault 183 5. Webber 105 5. Force India-Mercedes 59 6. Rosberg 84 6. McLaren-Mercedes 57 7. Massa 61 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 8. Grosjean 49 8. Sauber-Ferrari 7 9. Button 39 9. Williams-Renault 1 10. Di Resta 36 11. Sutil 23 12. Perez 18 13. Vergne 13 14. Ricciardo 11 15. Hulkenberg 7 16. Maldonado 1 All timing unofficial 
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