Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel had never previously won a Formula One race in Hungary. AFP

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel collected his second win of the season and the 41st of his career to date following an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix in Mogyoród, but neither Lewis Hamilton nor Nico Rosberg were able to join him on the podium.

Four-time world champion Vettel, whose only previous victory in 2015 came in March after he overcame the heat of Malaysia to beat an otherwise dominant Hamilton, engineered the perfect start at the Hungaroring by jumping both Mercedes cars from the lights through to turn one and he would not relinquish his lead throughout the remaining 69 laps.

Daniil Kvyat finished second, meanwhile, while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line third ahead of Toro Rosso prodigy Max Verstappen and the Mercedes-Honda of Fernando Alonso.

Vettel's triumph saw him move level with legendary Brazilian Ayrton Senna at third on the all-time winners list, with only Michael Schumacher (91) and Alain Prost (51) having enjoyed more success in the history Formula One.

After the win, he paid tribute to former Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, who died last weekend nine months after sustaining severe head injuries during a crash in wet conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka.

A minute's silence was observed before the race in memory of the late Jules Bianchi. Getty

"Well, an incredible day but this victory is for Jules. It has been an incredibly tough week for all of us," Vettel said.

"And for all the people at Ferrari, we know sooner or later he would have been part of our team."

With Kimi Raikonnen having followed Vettel into second on lap one to cap a truly fantastic start for the Ferraris, Hamilton locked up under pressure from Rosberg wide at turn six and veered off the track into the gravel to quickly drop down the chasing pack.

He steadily made his way back through the field with trademark determination, though, and was aided by the introduction of the safety car after Nico Hulkenburg's Force India smashed into a tyre wall after an issue at turn one. The German was unhurt.

The championship leader was catapulted back down to 15th courtesy of a drive through penalty handed down on lap 55 due to a collision with Ricciardo, a mistake which led to him offering repeated apologies to his team over the radio, and eventually claimed eight championship points by passing the chequered flag in sixth.

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton was punished for a coming together with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Getty

Long-term rival Rosberg may well have seen Hamilton's struggles as an ideal chance to close the gap in the drivers' standings, but he could only finish two places further back in eighth after sustaining a late puncture in a clash that also damaged Ricciardo's front wing.

A great result for Ferrari was tempered slightly by Raikkonen's forced retirement on lap 55, while Jenson Button helped to put the seal on a much improved performance from McLaren-Honda by finishing ninth.

Lotus' Pastor Maldonado finished 14th out of 16 cars after being handed no less than three penalties throughout a difficult afternoon.

The season now heads into a near month-long break before resuming at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 21 August.

Despite his unexpected struggles in Hungary, Hamilton, who was fastest throughout practice and in qualifying to take a ninth pole of the campaign, will take an increased 21-point championship advantage over closest challenger Rosberg to Belgium.

Vettel remains third in the standings having moved onto 160 points, with Valtteri Bottas and Raikonnen fourth and fifth respectively.

Mercedes' lead over Ferrari in the constructors' title race now stands at 147. Williams remain ahead of Red Bull in third.