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2013-07-28 17:09

GETTING HIS BREAK: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on podium after winning the 2013 Hungarian GP, his first win for the season. Image: AP

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Lewis Hamilton ended weeks of expectation and frustration on Sunday when he finally won his first race for Mercedes by claiming a dominant text-book triumph in the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old Briton led from pole position to the chequered flag, apart from three short spells for pit-stops, as he secured his fourth victory at the Hungaroring in sweltering conditions.


It was the 22nd win of his career and a success that restored him among the challengers for the 2013 drivers' championship.

Hamilton came home 11 seconds clear of Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus and third-placed defending triple World champion German Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, who was unable to force his way into second place in the closing laps.

Australian Mark Webber finished fourth in the second Red Bull ahead of two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari and sixth-placed Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus, who endured a familiar race of incidents and penalties.

Briton Jenson Button came home seventh for McLaren ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari and Mexican Sergio Perez in the second McLaren.

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado delivered the Williams' team's first point of the season by finishing 10th.

Hamilton's pole was his third in successive races but the previous two had seen him unable to exploit the advantage - a spectacular tyre failure at Silverstone wrecking his hopes while leading the 2013 British Grand Prix.

But this time, in Mercedes' 350th race as engine suppliers in F1, he enjoyed some of the luck that had been missing elsewhere to mark his 120th Grand Prix with a well-taken win.

Standings after the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring

Drivers Points
1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 172
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 134
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 133
4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 124
5. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 105
6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 84
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 61
8. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 49
9. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 39
10. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 36
11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 23
12. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 18
13. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 13
14. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 11
15. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 7
16. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1
17. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 0
18. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 0
19. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 0
20. Charles Pic (France) Caterham 0
21. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 0
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0

Constructors Points
1. RedBull - Renault 277
2. Mercedes 208
3. Ferrari 194
4. Lotus - Renault 183
5. Force India - Mercedes 59
6. McLaren 57
7. Toro Rosso - Ferrari 24
8. Sauber - Ferrari 7
9. Williams - Renault 1
10. Marussia - Cosworth 0
11. Caterham - Renault 0

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