Max Verstappen could not hide his delight after the Dutchman landed his seventh straight victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix in a result that also gave Red Bull a record-breaking 12th win on the bounce.

    Verstappen lost out to Lewis Hamilton in qualifying but made amends when the lights went out by clearing his Mercedes rival into Turn 1 and never looking back – securing another lights-to-flag triumph.

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    Reflecting on the race, and that decisive first lap, Verstappen said: “Finally, we had a really good start, so I’m very happy with that. We’ve been working on that quite a bit, to really get the good bite.

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    “I knew of course when I had the inside that corner was mine… late on the brakes, heavy car… so luckily it all worked out well. From there onwards I could do my race and today the car was really, really very quick.

    “I think over one lap this weekend it was a bit of struggle, but maybe it was probably a good thing for today – the car was good on any tyre. We could look after the tyre wear and basically that’s why we could create such a gap.”

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    As for Red Bull’s landmark result, which moves them one clear of McLaren’s tally from 1988, Verstappen added: “12 wins in a row is just incredible. What we’ve been doing for the last two years has been unbelievable. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going for a long time.

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    “Also, just to work with the whole team is very enjoyable. It’s always good to look into [what happened in qualifying] yesterday, for example, to keep pushing, always wanting to do better, but days like this are just perfect.”

    The Hungaroring result means Verstappen now holds a 110-point advantage in the drivers’ standings over Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez, who rose from ninth to third with another strong recovery drive.

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