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Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen to race victory during incredible battle at Hungary F1 Grand Prix – The Sun



LEWIS HAMILTON opened up a whopping 62-point lead in the F 1 championship after winning his battle with Max Verstappen.
The pair served up a thriller as Mercedes exorcised the demons of their Hockenheim hell.
 Lewis Hamilton won a seventh Hungarian Grand Prix4 Lewis Hamilton won a seventh Hungarian Grand PrixCredit: AP:Associated Press The Brit claimed his 81st victory in Formula One after an intense battle with Max Verstappen4 The Brit claimed his 81st victory in Formula One after an intense battle with Max VerstappenCredit: ReutersJust seven days earlier, the world champions were a laughing stock following poor strategy calls, a bungled pitstop, plus crashes for Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
But they played a blinder here in Hungary with an inspired pitstop call, as Hamilton and Verstappen endured an epic fight.
World champion Hamilton took the lead from Red Bull rival Verstappen with three laps to go and then the chequered flag 17.796sec ahead of the Dutchman.
And the Brit said: “That was a really good day. I know if Niki Lauda was here, he would take his hat off.
“Once I was in second place, I knew Max and I would have a good race.
“It was really all about being in the right place at the right time.
“A gamble is a good thing. I felt it was good at the time and collectively it was a bold, risky strategy call and then I just had to chew at those gaps.”
It was Hamilton’s seventh win on this track and his 81st  victory in Formula One.

 
F1 bosses have agreed a record 22-race season for 2020
FORMULA ONE bosses have agreed to a record-breaking 22-race calendar for 2020 — as SunSPORT first revealed on July 27th.
F1’s owners, Liberty Media, have convinced all 10 teams to back the mammoth season, which will push their teams’ staff — and equipment — to their limit.
F1’s CEO Chase Carey told the teams on Saturday at the Hungarian GP and the calendar is expected to be released imminently.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said: “In a nutshell we’ve basically agreed to have a 22nd race. We’ve got to let Liberty do their business and the business is to grow Formula One and if they are able to attract promoters, we’ve got to support them.
“We are up for it. We shouldn’t change the technical regulations for an additional race, that was the debate we had … it shouldn’t be seen as an opportunity; ‘Hooray, let’s increase the number of components’.
“Equally we’ve got to protect our people, and all of us, because it could come to a point where it’s not manageable any more with one single crew travelling to all races. So that becomes a factor that obviously needs solutions.”
Last month, we revealed how plans were drawn up to swell the calendar after the Spanish GP rustled up necessary funding to earn a reprieve.
There will also be new races in Vietnam and the Netherlands, while the German GP is still expected to drop off the schedule.

But he was made to work for it by the brilliant Verstappen, who led for the majority of this race.
The decisive moment came on lap 49 when Hamilton, who was already comfortably ahead of Charles Leclerc, made an unexpected stop for fresh tyres.
It was a huge gamble from chief strategist, James Vowles, who had felt the heat  after Mercedes’ embarrassing  German Grand Prix. It left Hamilton 20sec behind Verstappen with just 20 laps left. Hamilton added: “It feels like the steepest wall to climb when you come out that far behind but the team had relaxed confidence.
“I had to put complete faith in the team. I don’t like to look at is as redemption but I don’t really make a lot of mistakes.
“But the last race was a massive off for me and the team have been supportive and allowed me to recover.
“I came into this weekend and felt like I was back on it and once I was in to second, I was like, ‘Game on! We have an actual race on’.”
This race quickly became a two-horse one once Hamilton’s team-mate Bottas was out of the running.
The Finn, who started second, made contact with Hamilton at Turn Three on the first lap and then rubbed tyres with Leclerc at Turn Four.
A subsequent pitstop dropped him to last and out of contention.
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He eventually crossed the line in eighth and sits 62 points behind Hamilton in the title race, in second.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff will re-evaluate Bottas’ role at the team.
Esteban Ocon, the reserve driver, might be promoted for 2020.
Bottas’ failure made it a straight shootout between Verstappen and Hamilton, who traded blows and played out a thrilling game of pace mixed with strategy.
Mercedes rolled the dice and called Hamilton in for fresh rubber, a  decision that proved to be a masterstroke as Verstappen’s old tyres made him a sitting duck.
He put on a brave face after  crossing the line in second and said: “Lewis was on fire but you can see that when he has to go for it, that car is still the dominate car.
“We have some updates coming to the car and the engine and, hopefully, that will bring us closer.”
Sebastian Vettel was third, an incredible 61.433sec behind Hamilton.



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