Hamilton rides high in Hungary for first grand prix win with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton produced one of the finest drives of his career to win his first grand prix with Mercedes in Budapest on Sunday.

It was the 22nd victory of his career and his first since the US Grand Prix in Austin last year. His fourth win at the Hungaroring equalled the record of Michael Schumacher on this circuit.

"Today was just a different feeling," Hamilton said. "When I sat in the car at the start I swear that my heart rate was much lower than normal. I was more relaxed than I have ever been. Over the weekend my mind has just been in a different place. I was relaxed. I was able to drive at my best. When I lifted off [the gas] way before the line, normally I am still accelerating and punching the air.

"Today was smooth sailing across the line. I had the wind behind my back. I was just enjoying the wave that I was on. I didn't feel like it was a relief when I came across the line. I just felt good to know that I could still do it.

"There are lots of personal reasons why it is different this time. I am still working on getting those puzzles in place and there is a big part of the puzzle out of place at the moment. At some stage maybe it will come back together. It is just the place that I am in at the moment. To come here, after a real downer for the last few weeks, I just wasn't expecting it [a victory]."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Paul Weaver in Budapest, for The Guardian on Sunday 28th July 2013 21.28 Europe/London

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