Briton Lewis Hamilton lands fourth Hungarian GP trophy for Mercedes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 29 July, 2013, 6:36am

Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position yesterday for his first victory of a frustrating season and a record-equalling fourth triumph on the Hungaroring circuit.

Kimi Raikkonen was second after holding off a strong late challenge from Sebastian Vettel, who was third ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Hamilton's first year with Mercedes has been tricky, and he came into the race with low expectations of victory despite securing his fourth pole this season and his third in a row.

"This is probably one of the most important grand prix wins of my career," he said after equalling Michael Schumacher's record of four victories here. Hamilton managed his tyres wisely to get his 22nd win and the first since the United States Grand Prix last November.

Prior to Hungary, he had been third three times. "We were on the back foot when we came in, I wasn't even expecting to be on pole," said Hamilton, who also won from pole in Hungary last year. "Four wins, that's incredible. I love it here."

Hamilton is fourth overall, but is likely too far behind to mount a serious title challenge as the season takes its mid-season break.

"I hope today is the first step in [catching up], but we have a lot of races coming up," Hamilton said. "I remember the first time I won, it was an exceptional feeling. Today, it was a really calming feeling when I came over the line."