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Hamilton takes historic fifth win in Hungary

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Baku, July 26, AZERTAC

Hungary has always been a happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton, and so it proved again on Sunday. We take a look at some of the need-to-know statistics…

Lewis Hamilton's victory was his fifth of the season and his fifth in Budapest. That means Hamilton now has sole possession of the record for the most wins in Hungary, moving ahead of Michael Schumacher.

The Mercedes man is the only current driver (and just the fourth driver in history after Michael Schumacher, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna) to have scored five or more wins at two different circuits. Montreal is the other circuit Hamilton has won at five times.

Hamilton now has 48 career victories, and that moves him just three wins shy of equaling Alain Prost for second on the all-time list.

Hamilton now leads the world championship by six points from team mate Nico Rosberg – the first time he has led the drivers' standings this year. The question is, will he become the first driver since Michael Schumacher in 2004 to win the Hungarian Grand Prix and the title in the same season?

At his eleventh attempt, Nico Rosberg scored his first podium in Hungary. It's the 22nd different circuit at which the German has finished on the rostrum.

For the third year in a row, Daniel Ricciardo finished on the podium. That means a quarter of his 12 F1 rostrums have been scored on Hungarian soil.

Max Verstappen's fifth place helped Red Bull collect 25 points to Ferrari's 20. That's the third race in a row – and fifth race this season – that Red Bull have outscored their Italian rivals.

Ferrari meanwhile missed the podium for the second race in a row and third time this season.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso was easily the most consistent driver in Hungary. The Spaniard finished seventh in the race, having finished seventh in all three practice sessions and in qualifying.

Fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz moved up to P10 in the drivers' standings with his third eighth place finish in a row.

Nico Hulkenberg scored Force India's first point in Hungary since 2011 with tenth place.

With Jenson Button as the only retirement, the Hungary race had the second highest number of finishers this year with 21 drivers making it to the flag. All 22 finished in China, but how many will make it home next week in Germany?

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