Sebastian Vettel says equalling Ayrton Senna's record of 41 career victories in the Hungarian Grand Prix is "something incredible".

Vettel took the lead in Budapest at the start and looked set for a comfortable win until the safety car period in the second half of the race closed up the field. The German held on, however, to take his first victory in Hungary - and his second with Ferrari - eventually triumphing by 15.6 seconds.

Vettel now goes joint third in the all-time list, behind only Alain Prost (on 51 wins) and Michael Schumacher (on 91). Reflecting after he said it was hard to put into words what it means to be level with Senna, although he felt it was more important to remember the late Jules Bianchi.

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"Equally, mentioning Senna's record is something incredible. I don't know how to put this in words. I think nevertheless this is for Jules and his family. I think that's bigger than everything else," Vettel confirmed.

"It was a tough week, obviously with Tuesday [when we had Bianchi's funeral], and then to think about Jules again on the grid - certainly very emotional and difficult to get back in the rhythm," the German continued.

"But then you find yourself back in the car, visor down and there are so many things you have to think about there's not really much space for other things. I guess we do what we love to do, what we have to do.

"It's incredible the ups and downs you can go through but, in the end we [drivers] have a common passion, something we love. We are very different people, different guys, but we share a great passion and that is what drives us.

"I think the love for racing is bigger than anything else."