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2019-08-06 08:56
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Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 04, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Reaction from Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton who spectacularly charged down Red Bull's Max Verstappen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel completed the podium as Hamilton extended his lead in the Championship to 62 points.

Hamilton's result on Sunday marked his seventh Hungarian GP win, and his 81st career win - just 10 short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

Thanks to Mercedes' strategy gamble during the race of bringing Hamilton in to box for a fresh set of tyres, it caused Red Bull to keep the race leader, Max Verstappen, out in the field. Hamilton had a 20-second gap to chase down, and it paid off for the team.

On lap 67 of 70, Verstappen's tyres finally gave in as Hamilton had already closed down the gap to a few metres between them. To Red Bull's dismay, Hamilton overtook and went on to win the race from the pole-sitter.

It was utter heartbreak for Verstappen who had secured his first career pole on Saturday. If his engineers just brought him in earlier to box, and trusted Max to give chase and challenge Hamilton, we would have seen an even more thrilling race.

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