Hungarian F1 Grand Prix 2016 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights, Reaction

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2016

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 24:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer and Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer battle for position at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 24, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton leads the Formula One driver standings for the first time in 2016 after racing to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The world champion overtook pole-sitter Nico Rosberg, who came home in second, off the line and was able to maintain a comfortable distance to his team-mate. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo joined the two Mercedes men on the podium, taking a hard-earned third place.

This win, Hamilton’s fifth at the Hungaroring, means he leads Rosberg by six points in the race for the title, with just one race remaining before the summer break. Here is the race result and updated driver standings.

Hungarian Grand Prix: Race Result
1Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:40:30.115
2Nico RosbergMERCEDES+1.977s
3Daniel RicciardoRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER+27.539s
4Sebastian VettelFERRARI+28.213s
5Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER+48.659s
6Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI+49.044s
7Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN HONDA+1 lap
8Carlos SainzTORO ROSSO FERRARI+1 lap
9Valtteri BottasWILLIAMS MERCEDES+1 lap
10Nico HulkenbergFORCE INDIA MERCEDES+1 lap
11Sergio PerezFORCE INDIA MERCEDES+1 lap
12Jolyon PalmerRENAULT+1 lap
13Esteban GutierrezHAAS FERRARI+1 lap
14Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI+1 lap
15Kevin MagnussenRENAULT+1 lap
16Daniil KvyatTORO ROSSO FERRARI+1 lap
17Felipe NasrSAUBER FERRARI+1 lap
18Felipe MassaWILLIAMS MERCEDES+2 laps
19Pascal WehrleinMRT MERCEDES+2 laps
20Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI+2 laps
21Rio HaryantoMRT MERCEDES+2 laps
F1 2016 Driver Standings
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES192
2Nico RosbergGERMERCEDES186
4Kimi RaikkonenFINFERRARI114
5Sebastian VettelGERFERRARI110
11Romain GrosjeanFRAHAAS FERRARI28
13Fernando AlonsoESPMCLAREN HONDA24
16Kevin MagnussenDENRENAULT6
17Pascal WehrleinGERMRT MERCEDES1
18Stoffel VandoorneBELMCLAREN HONDA1
19Esteban GutierrezMEXHAAS FERRARI0
20Jolyon PalmerGBRRENAULT0


Hamilton Holds Off Rosberg

After losing out late in qualifying on Saturday, it was Hamilton who was fastest off the line, placing his car perfectly to surge away from Rosberg when the lights went out.

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The latter was temporarily overhauled by the Red Bull of Ricciardo, although Rosberg eventually did enough to nip back in front of the Australian. Meanwhile, Hamilton stormed off down the road. As we can see here, the Mercedes Twitter feed enjoyed the opening stages:

Mercedes-AMG F1 @MercedesAMGF1

Awesome start from @LewisHamilton Awesome move from @nico_rosberg Awesome fight from @redbullracing Awesome #HungarianGP so far! #F1

Here’s a glimpse of the start from the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, per F1 journalist Gianlu D’Alessandro:

Gianluca D'Alessandro @Gianludale27

Vettel's race start 🇩🇪 https://t.co/tFzfzqIQPn

Meanwhile, further back in the field, Jenson Button, a winner in Hungary in 2006, was having some big braking problems but was advised to stay out by his engineer. “Oh, fantastic!” was the McLaren man’s blunt response, per DW Sports. “The race from hell this is going to be.”

Ricciardo and Vettel pursued the Mercedes pair.
Ricciardo and Vettel pursued the Mercedes pair.Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Following the first round of pit stops, Hamilton lost some ground to Rosberg, with the champion complaining on the team radio that he was struggling for grip on the soft compound. Further back, Ricciardo and Vettel were both gaining on the leading pair, too.

As noted by the F1 Twitter feed, after such a strong start, some concerns were creeping in at Mercedes:

Formula 1 @F1

📻 Mercedes: "Just need to pick the pace up a bit" 📻 HAM: "Yeah I'm working on it" #HungarianGP #F1 🇭🇺 https://t.co/AjjNib37vq

Hamilton was able to stabilise the gap eventually, with Rosberg unable to get within striking distance on a track that’s extremely difficult to pull off overtakes. But with the cars behind closing in, there was another warning from the engineers to get a move on to Hamilton, as Ricciardo dived into the pits and produced a storming lap not long after.

However, the leader seemed to find something extra following the final gee up, as he extended his gap to Rosberg before jumping into the pits to latch on the soft compound. Suddenly, the world champion was looking a lot more comfortable at the front.

Meanwhile, as Vettel battled to stay in the race, he was beginning to get frustrated when lapped cars weren’t getting out of the way quick enough, per F1 on NBC Sports:

F1 on NBC Sports @F1onNBCSports

Vettel not happy with a slow-moving Massa: "Come on, blue flag! F****** hell, that's ridiculous" #F1onNBC https://t.co/uyKSReCieA

Further back, Kimi Raikkonen had been setting some blistering pace in the Ferrari and was seeking to get ahead of Max Verstappen for fifth place. The two men came into contact with 13 laps remaining, and the veteran Finn was not pleased with the driving of the Dutchman in front.

Here's a look at the moment they collided:

Formula 1 @F1

LAP 57/70: RAI looks for a gap but collides with the back of VES and loses part of his front wing 😖 #HungarianGP https://t.co/5xTs52CgUa

This is what Raikkonen, who wasn't able to squeeze past Verstappen, had to say about the incident (Warning: NSFW language):

Gianluca D'Alessandro @Gianludale27

Kimi's team radio about Verstappen's move https://t.co/xco2yAgMJ5

In the final stages up front, whenever Rosberg closed the gap on his team-mate, sometimes to less than one second, Hamilton always seemed to have something in reserve and was able to pull away again. It allowed the Briton to take the chequered flag comfortably in the end—and the lead of the championship with it.

Hamilton was able to keep Rosberg at arm's length.
Hamilton was able to keep Rosberg at arm's length.Luca Bruno/Associated Press

Afterward, Hamilton spoke of how significant the start was. "The start was everything, I got a good start and one of the Red Bulls was in the inside of me so I was pressured a lot into Turn 1," he said after the race, per BBC Sport. "This is a great result for the team—what a day."

Per the same source, Rosberg lamented his slow getaway. "It was all down to the start in the end," said the Mercedes man. "With Daniel on one side and Lewis on the other I was out of space and that was it really. It is not possible to pass on this track."

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on July 24, 2016 at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest.     / AFP / FERENC ISZA        (Photo credit should read FERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty
FERENC ISZA/Getty Images

Following Rosberg’s dominance in the early stages of the season, Hamilton will be delighted to have found his groove and taken the lead for the first time this year. As we approach the halfway point, the momentum is massively behind the Englishman.

Rosberg will be desperate to get back in front at his home grand prix in Germany next weekend. Should his team-mate continue his recent good form there ahead of the summer break, he’ll be a difficult man to reel in later in the season.


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