Lewis Hamilton insisted that his victory in Hungary was one he will savour for a long time after the McLaren man saw off the challenge of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen for his second win of the year.
Hamilton had qualified on pole and led from the start, although Grosjean and Raikkonen kept him honest throughout and ensured that the McLaren man was unable to relax from start to finish.
The win allowed Hamilton to move ahead of Raikkonen into fourth in the championship standings but he admitted that the race had been far from easy to win.
“I'm over the moon!” he said. “The team did a fantastic job! Absolutely brilliant! It was a really enjoyable race – but it wasn't at all easy. In fact, I reckon that it was one of the toughest races I've ever driven – but, guess what, I'll savour it all the more for that.
“I was under a lot of pressure throughout all 69 laps. First, Romain and then Kimi were right behind me, all the way through, and I had to look after my tyres without letting my pace drop, which was pretty tricky at times.
“It isn't a static situation when a race goes like that. The feel of the car is changing all the time. You get different messages from the tyres with every lap. But they lasted – I managed to make them last.
“It was a case of managing the gap behind me, over the whole lap, every lap. In particular, I had to make sure that, every lap, I always had a big enough gap at the last corner, so that I wouldn't be overtaken in the DRS zone on the pitstraight. And I managed to do that every time.”
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh was quick to praise his driver, who took victory a day after snaring the 150th pole for the Woking-based team.
"Lewis drove with tremendous composure all afternoon, and the result was a meticulously judged victory, wrought under intense pressure throughout,” he said.