Sebastian Vettel wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel took victory in a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix, as Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg suffered their worst race of the season

Sebastian Vettel wins thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix

It was the German's first victory at the Hungaroring and second of the season, bringing his career tally to 41 to equal three-time world champion Ayrton Senna's mark.

It was also the first time since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix, a run of 29 races, where Mercedes failed to score a podium finish with either car with Hamilton sixth and Rosberg eighth.

Hamilton was on course to lose his championship lead, first after running wide at the chicane on the first lap when he felt Rosberg crossed his line and then losing time when he pitted for a new wing and then having to a drive-through penalty after contact with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

But in defending second with a few laps to go, Rosberg clashed with Ricciardo at Turn 1, giving the Mercedes a puncture and damaging Ricciardo's front wing.

Rosberg was forced to pit and rejoined eighth, two places behind Hamilton who had fought his way back through the field to increase his championship lead to 21 points.

Hamilton and Rosberg both bogged down from the front row at the start, allowing Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to get ahead, with Rosberg running third ahead of Hamilton.

Ferrari looked on course for its first one-two since the 2010 German Grand Prix before a MGU-K problem cost Raikkonen power. He eventually retired after the team were unable to fix it.

The virtual safety car was called into action when Nico Hulkenberg's Force India suffered a front wing failure, pitching the German head-on into the tyre barrier at Turn 1.

When it became clear there was too much debris on the track, the real safety car was sent out, bunching the field up to cost Vettel his sizeable lead - setting up a thrilling finale.

Daniil Kvyat scored a career-best second, to become the youngest driver to score a podium since Vettel in Italy 2008, the Russian benefitting from Ricciardo's clash with Rosberg late on.

Ricciardo survived the contact, which the stewards decided to take no further action on, with Rosberg to give Red Bull a double podium with third.

Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen, who had a drive-through penalty for making contact with Williams' Valtteri Bottas, battled his way up to a career-best fourth place.

The drama in the second-half of the race allowed Fernando Alonso to finish fifth, scoring McLaren-Honda's best result of the season, with Jenson Button finishing ninth.

Romain Grosjean was seventh in the Lotus while Marcus Ericsson gave Sauber an unlikely point with 10th, a few seconds clear of team-mate Felipe Nasr.

Williams failed to score for only the second time this season, with Massa - who was given a time-penalty for being out of position on the grid and forcing an aborted start - 12th and Bottas 13th.

RESULT

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 69 1h46m09.985s
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 69 15.748s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 69 25.084s
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 69 44.251s
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 69 49.079s
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 69 52.025s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 69 58.578s
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 69 58.876s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 69 1m07.028s
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 69 1m09.130s
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 69 1m13.458s
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 69 1m14.278s
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 69 1m20.228s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 69 1m25.142s
15 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 67 2 Laps
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 65 Vibration
- Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 60 Power Unit
- Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 55 Power Unit
- Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53 Brakes
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 41 Wing

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 202
2 Nico Rosberg 181
3 Sebastian Vettel 160
4 Valtteri Bottas 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen 76
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo 51
8 Daniil Kvyat 45
9 Nico Hulkenberg 24
10 Romain Grosjean 23
11 Max Verstappen 22
12 Felipe Nasr 16
13 Sergio Perez 15
14 Pastor Maldonado 12
15 Fernando Alonso 11
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. 9
17 Jenson Button 6
18 Marcus Ericsson 6
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 383
2 Ferrari 236
3 Williams/Mercedes 151
4 Red Bull/Renault 96
5 Force India/Mercedes 39
6 Lotus/Mercedes 35
7 Toro Rosso/Renault 31
8 Sauber/Ferrari 22
9 McLaren/Honda 17
10 Marussia/Ferrari 0

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