Hamilton earned his second successive win on Sunday with his triumph in Hungary to extend his lead to 24 points in the championship over his Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

The Silver Arrows took advantage of theirย rivals at the Hungaroring on race day as Ferrari took the wrong decision to delay Vettel’s pit stop as it allowed Valterri Bottas to jump ahead and fend off the German long enough to deny him a chance at catching up to the race leader – Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel had thrown away a sure-fire victory at Hockenheim last week as he ploughed into the barriers to allow Hamilton to climb further up the grid.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG) wins Hungary Grand Prix to extend lead over Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)

After Hungary, Hamilton now leads comfortably at the top of the standings while Mercedes also 10 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructorsโ€™ championship as they look to retain their double titles for a fifth straight year.

But Mercedes team principal Wolff insists that the advantage will continue to swing one way or another across the next nine races and believes they cannot afford any complacency.

Toto Wolff

โ€œWe came to Hungary with damage limitation as our motto, so it’s pretty good to be leaving after out-scoring our rivals, even if by just a few small points,โ€ Wolff reflected.

โ€œLewis drove a faultless race: he made a perfect start, then started building the gap on the ultra-soft tyre.

โ€œHe took that first set longer than we had planned before pitting, then managed the soft extremely well to the finish. It’s a simple race to summarise but that doesn’t take anything away from the skill it took to deliver such a polished performance.

“In the other car, Valtteri drove what I think was his best race in his time so far at Mercedes. He held position at the start and then did a perfect job after pitting early until he started to run out of tyres in the final laps.

โ€œI saw the contacts with Sebastian and Daniel as racing incidents, he was on the dirty inside line in each case and was defending with everything he had left.

โ€œThe trouble was that he didn’t have a lot left at that stage. He raced hard and fifth place is not much of a reward after that drive.

โ€œLewis’ win is the perfect way to finish the first part of the season but we know that this one is going down to the wire.

โ€œThe momentum swings one way then the next from weekend to weekend. We need to keep on taking it one race at a time if we want to come out on top.โ€

F1 returns after a month-long mid-season break with the Belgian Grand Prix on August 24-26.

2018 Driver Standings

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY CAR PTS
1 Lewisย Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 213
2 Sebastianย Vettel GER FERRARI 189
3 Kimiย Rรคikkรถnen FIN FERRARI 146
4 Valtteriย Bottas FIN MERCEDES 132
5 Danielย Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 118
6 Maxย Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER 105
7 Nicoย Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 52
8 Kevinย Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 45
9 Fernandoย Alonso ESP MCLAREN RENAULT 44
10 Sergioย Perez MEX FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 30
11 Carlosย Sainz ESP RENAULT 30
12 Estebanย Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA MERCEDES 29
13 Pierreย Gasly FRA SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 26
14 Romainย Grosjean FRA HAAS FERRARI 21
15 Charlesย Leclerc MON SAUBER FERRARI 13
16 Stoffelย Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN RENAULT 8
17 Marcusย Ericsson SWE SAUBER FERRARI 5
18 Lanceย Stroll CAN WILLIAMS MERCEDES 4
19 Brendonย Hartley NZL SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 2
20 Sergeyย Sirotkin RUS WILLIAMS MERCEDES 0

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