Top five stats from the Hungarian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has now won as many races as the last British driver to win the world championship before him – Damon Hill.

Hamilton catches Hill

Hamilton’s 22nd career victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix means he has now won as many races as 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

It was Hamilton’s fourth win at the Hungaroring, where Hill claimed his first Formula One win 20 years ago.

Williams finally score

It’s taken them ten races, but Williams have finally scored their first point of 2013. Their smallest ever haul in a full season was two years ago, when they scored just five points.

Sutil hits a hundred

Force India driver Adrian Sutil marked his 100th grand prix start by donning a special helmet and making a belated first appearance on social network Twitter:

https://twitter.com/SutilAdrian/status/360775284326277121

Unfortunately his race ended after 19 laps with hydraulic failure.

Raikkonen on a roll…

In contrast Kimi Raikkonen just keeps bringing home the points for Lotus. This was his 27th straight finish in the top ten, increasing his record.

…for Finland

Raikkonen’s second place was also the 150th podium appearance for a Finnish driver. Only Britain, France, Germany, Brazil and Italy have accrued more podium finishes.

Exactly half of Finland’s podium finishes were achieved by Raikkonen, who made his 75th appearance in Hungary.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.