Sebastian Vettel led from pole to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and extend his overall lead in the drivers’ championship, but was made to work after struggling for pace in the race’s latter stages.
Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen appeared set for a straightforward one-two finish at a track where overtaking opportunities are slim. A late burst of pace from Lewis Hamilton, who Mercedes allowed to pass Valtteri Bottas, set up a tighter finish than expected.
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Sebastian Vettel overcame difficulties with his steering wheel to hold off Kimi Raikkonen, while Lewis Hamilton was fourth and Daniel Ricciardo crashed out
Despite Vettel lacking the power to pull away from the field, he and Raikkonen were able to hold off Hamilton, who allowed Bottas to go past him on the final lap and take the final podium place.
The first-lap collision between Red Bull team-mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen put Ricciardo out of the race, with Verstappen punished with a 10-second penalty for causing a collision.
The Australian driver was unhappy with his team-mate’s aggressive approach, telling Sky Sports: “It was an amateur, to say the least. I don’t think [Verstappen] likes when a team-mate gets in front of him. It was a very poor mistake.”