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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton claimed victory in the 34th Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix, round 12 of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Grand Prix is a moto race that was first organized in France in 1894. It comprises several endurance tests for drivers and vehicles. The Hungarian Grand Prix was held in Mogyorod, Hungary on August 4, 2019. It was one of the twenty-one rounds of the 2019 Formula One Championship. Many punters wagers on various drivers in Betway. Here is an insight on how the 2019  Hungarian Grand Prix unfolded.

Top Contenders

The teams and drivers who were in the season entry list took part in the Hungarian Grand Prix. The competition didn’t have other stand-in drivers. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton led with 148 and 41 points in the constructors and drivers championships. Most motor race fans expected them to maintain the lead. But, Max Verstappen was the fastest driver and the first Dutch to be on pole followed by Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Max Verstappen’s Lead

Max started the Grand Prix from pole position.

Even so, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas attacked him in turn one thus forcing him to defend in the inner line. Valtteri locked his right tire hence forcing Lewis to use a wide line. He allowed Max to pull away from both of them in the first two turns.

Charles Leclerc started in the fourth position. He maintained his lead over Sebastian Vettel through turn one. Carlos Sainz overtook Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly and approached Vettel. Bottas locked his car’s tires again and allowed Lewis to attack him from the wider line.

Hamilton overtook Bottas in turn three despite tapping his front wing. Many gamers wagered on Hamilton in Betway88 to make a profit. Bottas shifted to a wide line and slowed down. Leclerc overtook him in turn four and he damaged his front wing further when he shifted to the left. The stewards investigated Bottas’s sudden drift but didn’t take any appropriate action. The extensive damage on his wing slowed down his pace and allowed Vettel to overtake him.

Hamilton Overtakes Verstappen

Bottas pitted on lap six to replace his front wing. He was the last driver when he reemerged in the race. Hamilton and Verstappen battled each other to lead the race. Red Bull pulled Max to pit and Mercedes called Hamilton after a few laps. Hamilton’s team didn’t fix his rear right tire properly thus costing him valuable time. Verstappen led by six seconds when Lewis reemerged from the pit. His engineer advised him to check his tires. The British driver struggled to close the gap between him and Max.

After a while,

Max forced Hamilton to race off the track after a thrilling battle.

He was under intense pressure to maintain his lead. Max’s team inquired about the engine power of his car to ensure it was optimum. Mercedes decided to put new tires for Hamilton. It helped him record faster time laps than Max hence helping Lewis take the lead in the 67th lap.

Lewis Hamilton lagged in the first few laps of the Hungarian Grand Prix. He charged and overtook Max Verstappen three laps to the finishing line. Max had garnered most points in previous races. Bookies such as Betway gave him the lowest odds compared to other drivers. Hamilton’s team helped him overtake Max in the last lap to win the Grand Prix trophy.

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Provisional results:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes) 1:35:03.796 hours
2. Max Verstappen (NED, Red Bull) +17.796 sec
3. Sebastian Vettel (GER, Ferrari) +1:01.433 min
4. Charles Leclerc (MON, Ferrari) +1:05.250 min
5. Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP, McLaren) 1 lap
6. Pierre Gasly (FRA, Red Bull) 1 lap
7. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN, Alfa Romeo) 1 lap
8. Valtteri Bottas (FIN, Mercedes) 1 lap
9. Lando Norris (GBR, McLaren) 1 lap
10. Alexander Albon (THA, Toro Rosso) 1 lap
11. Sergio Perez (MEX, Racing Point) 1 lap
12. Nico Hulkenberg (GER, Renault) 1 lap
13. Kevin Magnussen (DEN, Haas) 1 lap
14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS, Renault) 1 lap
15. Daniil Kvyat (RUS, Toro Rosso) 2 laps
16. George Russel (GBR, Williams) 2 laps
17. Lance Stroll (CAN, Racing Point) 2 laps
18. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA, Alfa Romeo) 2 laps
19. Robert Kubica (POL, Williams) 3 laps

Retired:

Romain Grosjean (FRA, Haas) after 49 laps

Fastest lap: Max Verstappen (NED, Red Bull) 1:17.103 min (on lap 69)

Standings after 12 rounds (with 9 rounds to go):

Drivers:

1. Hamilton 250 points
2. Bottas 188
3. Verstappen 181
4. Vettel 156
5. Leclerc 132
6. Gasly 63
7. Sainz 58
8. Raikkonen 31
9. Kvyat 27
10. Norris 24
11. Ricciardo 22
12. Stroll 18
13. Magnussen 18
14. Hulkenberg 17
15. Albon 16
16. Perez 13
17. Grosjean 8
18. Giovinazzi 1
19. Kubica 1
20. Russell 0


Constructors:

1. Mercedes 438 points
2. Ferrari 288
3. Red Bull 244
4. McLaren 82
5. Toro Rosso 43
6. Renault 39
7. Alfa Romeo 32
8. Racing Point 31
9. Haas 26
10. Williams 1

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