August 4, 2019 / 3:40 PM / a month ago

Motor racing: Hamilton wins in Hungary after hunting down Verstappen

Formula One F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix - Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary - August 4, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on the podium with his trophy while Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel look on REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix for a record seventh time on Sunday and extended his title lead to 62 points after relentlessly reeling in Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Verstappen, who started from pole position for the first time, finished runner-up with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third but more than a minute behind, with the top two in a battle of their own.

The win was Hamilton’s eighth in 12 races this season and the 81st of his career. Closest rival and team mate Valtteri Bottas finished eighth after the two Mercedes drivers made contact on the opening lap.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Clare Fallon

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