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Formula One: Hamilton takes championship lead after Hungarian GP victory

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Formula One: Hamilton takes championship lead after Hungarian GP victory

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Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position in the race to the 2016 Formula One title after cruising to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton passed pole sitter and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at the start and never looked back as he celebrated his third win on the bounce and fifth from the past six races.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo held off four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel for third,while Ricciardo’s team-mate Max Verstappen crossed over in fifth position.

The Race in Hungary will certainly not go down in the F1 history books as a classic but Hamilton won’t care too much about that as he now sits at the top of the championship standings, six points clear of his German teammate with ten races remaining in a record 21-race season.

The next stop on the tour is the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim next weekend.

In the rear-view mirror

Sunday’s race was not one to remember for high-octane excitement but the 1989 edition certainly was and it was provided by Britain’s Nigel Mansell.

Mansell, who had moved from Williams to Ferrari at the beginning of the year, started the race from 12th position on the grid and by the end of the first lap he had moved up to eighth thanks to his fearless driving style.

By lap 29 he had superbly weaved his way through the field to fourth.

Soon after he had passed Alain Prost and had only Riccardo Patrese and Ayrton Senna left in his sights.

Pole-sitter Patrese retired on lap 53 with a steaming engine leaving Senna and Mansell in a two way dog fight for top honours.

Five laps later when Senna got caught out by a slower car in front, Mansell took his chance and produced a sensational passing manoeuvre to take the lead and subsequently a very unexpected but thrilling victory.

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