Lewis Hamilton beats Max Verstappen in Hungary with late overtake

Race start, Hungary 2019

Lewis Hamilton made a clever strategic call work for him on Sunday at the Hungaroring to claim a seventh win at the circuit and extend his championship lead.

The Mercedes driver started from third but was able to pass team-mate Valtteri Bottas on the opening lap to slot in behind polesitter Max Verstappen, where he would remain for the opening half of the race, managing a never more than two second gap to the Red Bull.

Hamilton would stay out longer than Verstappen after the first stops, a decision which looked to have handed the win to the Dutchman who was able to open a seven second lead, but Hamilton's pace was blistering with his new hard tyres and within just a handful of laps the gap went from seven second to one and the battle for the lead heated up.

Hungarian GP: Race Result | Drivers' Standings | Constructors' Standings

The pair went wheel-to-wheel through Turns 1, 2 and then 3 before Hamilton go ahead into 4 before running wide and allowing Verstappen back through. Mercedes then made an inspired strategy call to pit Hamilton for a second time, which the five-time champion initially hit out at.

But with 20 laps of the race remaining and a 20-second gap to close, Hamilton put in fastest lap after fastest lap to close to within DRS range on Lap 66 of 70. He then pounced into Turn 1 to claim the lead again as Verstappen old tyres faded quickly.

The win was then certain from there as the Red Bull driver pitted for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap of the race and claim the additional point on offer.

The final podium spot went to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who passed team-mate Charles Leclerc in the final minutes, relegating the Monegasque driver to fourth.

McLaren's Carlos Sainz was a distant fifth, more than 40 seconds adrift of Leclerc. The second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly was sixth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Bottas.

Bottas endured a difficult race which fell apart at the first corner as he locked up, allowing Hamilton to get alongside into Turn 2 where he fell to third and then fourth as Leclerc moved around the outside, making brief contact and damaging the Finn's front-wing. That forced an early stop for Bottas who fell to last place.

Lando Norris and Alexander Albon completed the top ten and final points paying positions.

Hungary - Race Result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1   Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2   Max VerstappenRed Bull17.796
3   Sebastian VettelFerrari61.433
4   Charles LeclercFerrari65.250
5   Carlos SainzMcLaren1 Lap
6   Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1 Lap
7   Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1 Lap
8   Valtteri BottasMercedes1 Lap
9   Lando NorrisMcLaren1 Lap
10   Alexander AlbonRed Bull1 Lap
11   Sergio PerezRacing Point1 Lap
12   Nico HulkenbergRenault1 Lap
13   Kevin MagnussenHaas1 Lap
14   Daniel RicciardoRenault1 Lap
15   Daniil KvyatToro Rosso2 Laps
16   George RussellWilliams2 Laps
17   Lance StrollRacing Point2 Laps
18   Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo2 Laps
19   Robert KubicaWilliams3 Laps
20   Romain GrosjeanHaasDNF