Rosberg, meanwhile, was coming under pressure from a fast-starting Daniel Riccirado and as the Red Bull driver made a move around the outside and Hamilton took up space on the inside, Rosberg was forced to lift. Ricciardo stole into second place but Rosberg managed to retrieve the position as the pair went through Turn Two.
Hamilton, though, was away in the lead and across the next 70 laps the defending champion put in a controlled performance, managing the gap back to Rosberg with ease to eventually claim his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix win. The victory makes him the most successful driver ever at the Hungaroring as he passes the record he held jointly with Michael Schumacher.
The win leaves Hamilton six points ahead of his team-mate as the season heads towards Rosberg’s home race, next weekend’s German Grand Prix, the final race before F1’s summer break. The race could prove a crucial one in the battle for the Constructors’ crown too. While Mercedes top the manufacturers’ standings by a considerable margin, the battle for second is a tight one between Ferrari and Red Bull Racing and third and fifth places this afternoon for Red Bull ahead of Ferrari’s fourth and sixth places means the Milton Keynes team now heads to Germany just a single point adrift of their rivals from Maranello.
Both Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, had to battle hard to hold on to their final places however. In the closing stages Ricciardo came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, and though the gap between the two at the chequered flag was just 0.6s, the Australian always looked assured of his third Hungarian Grand Prix podium finish in a row.
Verstappen, though, had a real fight on his hands in the final quarter of the race. The Dutch driver made his final pit stop, for soft tyres, on lap 39 and slotted in behind Kimi Raikkonen who was on a different strategy and who had made impressive progress from 14th on the grid. Raikkonen then pitted on lap 50, taking on a set of supersofts tyres.
He rejoined behind Verstappen but armed with fresher, faster tyres he soon closed the gap to the Red Bull driver and began to put the youngster 18-year-old sensation under intense pressure. As he had done to the Finn when taking his maiden win in Spain, however, Verstappen defended expertly, gapping the Finn in the final sector to eradicate the influence of DRS and the making his car as wide as possible through the opening corners to keep the Ferrari man at bay until the flag.
With Raikkonen sixth, seventh place went to Fernando Alonso, who took the place at the start by passing Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz. The six points earned by Alonso will be welcomed by McLaren but it might have neen more had eigth-on-the-grid Jenson Button not suffered a loss of hydraulic pressure early on. He soldiered on but an oil leak eventually led him to retire form P19 after 60 laps.
Sainz took a solid eighth place and four points, a useful return on a day when chief Constructors’ Championship rivals Force India managed to take just one point, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing behind ninth-placed Valtteri Bottas.
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring 70 laps, 306.630km., Weather: Sunny. Classified: P. DRIVER TEAM TIME/GAP 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1h46:09.985 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG + 1.977 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull + 27.539 4. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 28.215 5. Max Verstappen Red Bull + 48.659 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 49.044 7. Fernando Alonso McLaren + 1 lap 8. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso + 1 lap 9. Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap 10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 1 lap 11. Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap 12. Jolyon Palmer Renault + 1 lap 13. Esteban Gutierrez Haas + 1 lap 14. Romain Grosjean Haas + 1 lap 15. Kevin Magnussen Renault + 1 lap 16. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 lap 17. Felipe Nasr Sauber + 1 lap 18. Felipe Massa Williams + 2 laps 19. Pascal Wehrlein Manor + 2 laps 20. Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 2 laps 21. Rio Haryanto Manor + 2 laps * 2000: M.Hakkinen - McLaren - 1h45:33.869 * 2001: M.Schumacher - Ferrari - 1h41:49.675 * 2002: R.Baricelo - Ferrari - 1h41:49.001 * 2003: F.Alonso - Renault - 1h39:01.460 * 2004: М.Шумахер - Ferrari - 1h35:26.131 * 2005: K.Raikkonen - McLaren - 1h37:25.552 * 2006: J.Button - Honda - 1h52:20.941 * 2007: L.Hamilton - McLaren - 1h35:52.991 * 2008: H.Kovalainen - McLaren - 1h37:27.067 * 2009: L.Hamilton - McLaren - 1h38:23.876 * 2010: M.Webber - Red Bull - 1h41:05.571 * 2011: J.Button - McLaren - 1h46:42.337 * 2012: L.Hamilton - McLaren - 1h41:05.503 * 2013: L.Hamilton - Mercedes - 1h42:29.445 * 2014: D.Ricciardo - Red Bull - 1h53:05.058 * 2015: S.Vettel - Ferrari - 1h46:09.985 Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:23.086 Not Classified: Jenson Button McLaren After 11 races: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Lewis Hamilton 192 1. Mercedes AMG 378 2. Nico Rosberg 186 2. Ferrari 224 3. Daniel Ricciardo 115 3. Red Bull 223 4. Kimi Raikkonen 114 4. Williams 94 5. Sebastian Vettel 110 5. Force India 74 6. Max Verstappen 100 6. Toro Rosso 45 7. Valtteri Bottas 56 7. McLaren 38 8. Sergio Perez 47 8. Haas 28 9. Felipe Massa 38 9. Renault 6 10. Carlos Sainz Jr. 30 10. Manor 1 11. Romain Grosjean 28 12. Nico Hulkenberg 27 13. Fernando Alonso 24 14. Daniil Kvyat 23 15. Jenson Button 13 16. Kevin Magnussen 6 17. Pascal Wehrlein 1 18. Stoffel Vandoorne 1