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F1: Vettel wins in Hungary amid team orders controversy

Germany's Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in the Formula One championship after winning from pole in Hungary despite a steering problem. Lewis Hamilton was fourth while Max Verstappen crashed into his teammate.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel regained control of the Formula One driver's championship after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and leaving Lewis Hamilton trailing in his wake in fourth.

Four-times champion Vettel now tops the drivers' standings by 14 points from Hamilton after recovering from a wobble where he did not win in four races.

It looked set to be an easy victory for Vettel as he sped away from pole. However, he developed a handling problem midway through the race and the chasing pack closed in on him.

The German managed to reach the line in front, though, with the Hungaroring famous for a winding circuit where it is difficult to overtake. Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second, having clearly been ordered not to pass the German.

Three-times champion Hamilton, fourth on the grid, had problems with his Mercedes radio but when he finally made contact he was allowed to pass teammate Valtteri Bottas into third. But Raikkonen kept him at bay on behalf of Vettel, even if the Finn would much rather have been allowed to race for victory. Hamilton sportingly gave Bottas third place back on the last lap.

Red Bull wreck

There was more in-team controversy and big drama on just the second corner when Red Bull driver Max Verstappen collided with teammate Daniel Ricciardo, knocking the Australian out of the race. Oil leaked all over the track giving stewards a tough job to clean it up and prompting the safety car to come out at the earliest opportunity.

Ricciardo was furious with the 19-year-old Dutchman, who is famous in Formula One for his controversial style of driving and not getting on with other drivers.

"That was amateur to say the least," Ricciardo told Sky Sports, who believed Verstappen could not accept being passed off the grid.

"Let's see if he acts his age or like a man about it," he added to BBC radio.

"I could go and call him names after the accident but if he starts bringing in other excuses in then we will have a problem."

Verstappen made good progress and could have challenged the leaders but was pegged back by a 10-second stop penalty imposed because of the crash. He finished fifth, just behind Hamilton.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who turned 35 on Saturday, produced his best showing of the season by coming in an astonishing sixth despite his car's infamously slow Honda engine. He even set the fastest lap of the entire day on the last. Paul di Resta had to retire late on for Williams on his return to F1 after replacing the ill Felipe Massa.

Formula One takes a break now until the Belgian Grand Prix on August 27, the first of nine races until the end of the season.

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