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F1 Hungary: Fourth pole yields first victory with Mercedes for Lewis Hamilton (+results)

British driver Lewis Hamilton finally won a grand prix for his new team, Mercedes, having started the Hungarian Grand Prix from a fourth pole position this season.

Free of the typical high tire wear Mercedes usually as to put up with, Hamilton piped championship leader Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) to victory on Sunday. At the finish line, the mighty German actually had to settle for third, as he also lost a position to former world champion Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus) during the race.

Vettel's less than perfect race was also highlighted by a contact with Jenson Button (McLaren), which damaged his front wing.

Another driver who had a run-in with Button was Romain Grosjean (Lotus), who clipped the Brit while chasing down Vettel. On top of that, the stewards penalized the Frenchman with a drive-through penalty for gaining an advantage for using a run-off area while passing Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

Despite the clash with Grosjean, Button went on to finish a decent seventh, two places ahead of his teammate Sergio Pérez, also in the points in ninth.

From 10th on the grid because of KERS problems, Mark Webber climbed back up to fourth, in the coveted second Red Bull seat, ahead of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), and Grosjean.

Williams' Pastor Maldonado picked up the last point available by rounding out the top 10.

Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso) managed to beat his higher-rated teammate Daniel Ricciardo, as the pair took 12th and 13th place finishes respectively.

Retirements included both Force India's and Nico Rosberg's, whose Mercedes broke down on lap 65. The German's engine failure put an end to a difficult race that started on the wrong foot with a collision with Massa.

Race results* – Hungarian Grand Prix (Budapest)
1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W04) - 70 laps in 1.42'29"445
2 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus E21-Renault) - 10"938
3 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB9-Renault) – 12"459
4 - Mark Webber (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 18"044
5 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F138) – 31”411
6 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E21-Renault) - 32"295
7 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 53"819
8 - Felipe Massa (Ferrari F138) – 56”447
9 - Sergio Perez (McLaren MP4/28-Mercedes) - 1 lap
10 - Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW35-Renault) - 1 lap
11 - Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 1 lap
12 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1 lap
13 - Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 1 lap
14 - Giedo Van der Garde (Caterham CT03-Renault) – 2 laps
15 – Charles Pic (Caterham CT03-Renault) – 2 laps
16 – Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) – 3 laps
17 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) – 3 laps
18 - Paul Di Resta (Force India VJM06-Mercedes) – 4 laps
19 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W04) - 6 laps

Fastest lap of the race by Mark Webber (1’24”069)

Retirements
Lap 42 - Valtteri Bottas
Lap 28 - Esteban Gutierrez
Lap 19 - Adrian Sutil

Drivers' standings
1. Vettel 172; 2. Raikkonen 136; 3. Alonso 133; 4.Hamilton 122; 5. Webber 105; 6. Rosberg 84; 7. Massa 61; 8. Grosjean 49; 9. Button 39; 10. Di Resta 36; 11. Sutil 23; 12. Perez 18; 13. Vergne 13; 14. Ricciardo 11; 15. Hulkenberg 7; 16. Maldonado 1.

Constructors' standings
1. Red Bull 277; 2. Mercedes 206; 3. Ferrari 194; 4. Lotus 185; 5. Force India 59; 6. McLaren 57; 7. Toro Rosso 24; 8. Sauber 7; 9. Williams 1.

*Unofficial