Hamilton masters tyres and storms to his first victory for Mercedes

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By Alex Kapadia

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win for his new team this season after adopting a masterful tyres strategy at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

In some of the hottest conditions seen all year, with ambient temperatures peaking at 35 degrees centigrade, Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was second with a two-stop strategy while Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead with third place.

Hamilton’s victory sees him equal Michael Schumacher’s record of four wins at the Hungaroring and marks his 22nd career Grand Prix victory.

Paul Hembery, Pirelli tyres motorsport director, said: “The extremely high temperatures meant that everything on the cars, including the tyres, was put through a tough test but nevertheless both compounds performed extremely well.

“We saw a wide variety of strategies, which relied on close racing and some brilliant overtaking manoeuvres. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes used their tyres perfectly, in some of the hottest conditions of the year so far, to take a deserved win from pole position.

“A well-thought tyre strategy certainly contributed to his win when he gained track position at the beginning of the race and then pitted before his direct rivals, controlling the pace of the race.

“Congratulations also to Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus, who showed what is possible with a two-stop strategy and optimal tyre management.”

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