"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", Hamilton said shortly after getting out of his vehicle. "What a lovely day and a great crowd - and a great job from the team". Wolff, speaking after the race, said: "The result feels bittersweet". So marginal that any problem in the pit stop would cost Vettel position. "Should be an exciting second part of the year".
"But with the gap that he had, I think it would have been hard to catch - and then it's a completely different story, especially around here to overtake". When I was hit, from behind, I was not sure what had happened.
"I was lucky I could catch the vehicle [after the contact] and lucky I didn't get a puncture", he said.
Hamilton's victory is another blow to Vettel, who has lost 32 points to his rival in the space of only eight days.
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Lewis Hamilton has insisted that his Mercedes team will have to perform at their very peak in the second half of the Formula One season if he is to claim a fifth world championship.
Ricciardo appeared to flip Bottas the bird. This gave Raikkonen a chance to move up into third place. The Silver Arrow's succeeded to gain control of the race. "I don't believe there is ever a moment you have got your hands on the trophy..." Bottas's auto is damaged and he has to come into the pits. Ricciardo then took fourth from Bottas after starting 12th.
These five seasons were dominated by Vettel, who finished second once and won the other four championships. "I think I was the only guy in the B-class not lapped in the race, so it's a pretty nice feeling".
On lap 51, Stoffel Vandoorne slowed and retired from an encouraging ninth at Turn One.
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After one lap under Virtual Safety Car (VSC) conditions, Hamilton resumed his charge.
But rather than Hamilton's ultra-softs dropping away as might have been expected, his lap times stayed good and he was able to extend his first stint to lap 24 before stopping.
In lap 32 his lead was 14.5 seconds, but when he drove to the box in lap 39, it shrank to 7.8 seconds. Teammate Sebastian Vettel comes into the pits as well. Vettel was unhappy and knew he was losing crucial seconds. The two Mercedes, Hamilton and Bottas lead the way. Nearly a lap later, Bottas collided with Daniel Ricciardo and was ordered to surrender fourth position back on the penultimate lap. Vettel takes the lead. He complains that his drink supply isn't working properly and his team confirm that he is right.
SEBASTIAN Vettel says Ferrari still have plenty of "potential to unleash" in their bid to wrestle back the championship advantage from Mercedes after summer break. The accident triggered the Red Bull's anti-stall mechanism, which the Australian described as "challenging" and all-in-all he should be thrilled with fourth. Verstappen is not a happy camper!
Italian reserve Antonio Giovinazzi replaced race regular Charles Leclerc at Sauber for first practice. Ricciardo told his team via the radio that he had "contact left front". "The fans are disappointed, they came all this way and only see you do five or six laps". It's extremely hot outside of Budapest - the temperature on the track is reported to be 60 degrees Celcius!
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Hamilton had started on pole position and made a clean start while Bottas slotted in behind but came under immediate attack from Vettel, who had already passed team mate Kimi Raikkonen.
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