Vettel wins for Ferrari and Bianchi

Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:18am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Germany's Sebastian Vettel won an emotional Hungarian Grand Prix for Ferrari and the late Jules Bianchi on Sunday after a crazy race that turned into a rare nightmare for champions Mercedes despite Lewis Hamilton increasing his overall lead.

While Vettel celebrated his second win of the season, only days after the funeral of the team's French former test driver Bianchi, Mercedes' double world champion Hamilton finished sixth after starting from pole.

That setback was still enough for the Briton to increase his championship lead to 21 points over team mate Nico Rosberg, who collided with Australian Daniel Ricciardo while fighting to defend second place and ended up eighth.

Russian Daniil Kvyat took second instead for Red Bull -- his first F1 podium appearance -- with team mate Ricciardo following home in third after banging into both Mercedes on a battling afternoon.

Dutch 17-year-old Max Verstappen was fourth for Toro Rosso.

Vettel dedicated his win to Bianchi, the Marussia driver who died in hospital nine months after suffering severe head injuries at the Japanese Grand Prix, once he had taken the checkered flag.

Speaking in French for the watching family, he added in English: "We know sooner or later Jules would have been a part of this team."

The win was Vettel's 41st, putting him level with the late triple champion Ayrton Senna on the all-time lists, and first in Hungary.   Continued...

Winner Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with the trophy after the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo