Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix

He dropped a place at the start to teammate Sebastian Vettel but said beating race victor Lewis Hamilton was always going to be tough after Mercedes outqualified Ferrari on Saturday.

Hamilton and Bottas made a clean start, with Vettel passing his teammate Kimi Raikkonen for third place around the outside at Turn 2.

The Formula One season resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 26. "Our vehicle has a big potential, so I feel relaxed, going on holiday, for the races to come".

Bottas was far from happy with comments from his Mercedes boss.

He was luckier in Hungary but he really needs to take a chill pill if he is to extend this title fight to the wire and not keep self-harming. "I don't believe there is ever a time when you think you have got your hand on the title".

For all of Ferrari's new-found speed - estimated at times to be almost 0.5 seconds quicker than Mercedes on some sectors of the track - Vettel remains prone to lapses in concentration and his team makes sloppy errors.

Speaking to reporters separately, Wolff said he had meant to be positive.

Collisions with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, Hamilton's closest rival, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo left Bottas fifth at the finish.

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Raikkonen said Ferrari needed to improve and "tidy up" a few things to ensure it maximises the speed of its 2018 package, which has been quicker than Mercedes two weekends in a row but failed to turn that into victory.

"A lot can happen moving forward but what's really important is that we continue to keep up the pressure and keep working as we have done until now". There was a problem in the pit stop so we re-entered the track behind Valtteri. Red Bull surely second-best.

"We couldn't have expected this... I think we could have gone with Lewis today with the race pace", Vetel said.

On current performance, Vettel should to be going into the four-week gap before the Belgian Grand Prix leading the championship. "In today's race, starting P2, after lap one, Valtteri's race was the ideal wingman race, and I don't mean it in championship terms, because we have no number one, we have no number two, but it was just how he was racing".

"We came here knowing that the Ferraris would be real quick this weekend", he said.

Riccardo survived not only that bump, but also a first-lap incident with Marcus Ericsson that saw the Australian drop to 16th at one point and endure a frustrating battle with Estaban Ocon - whom Ricciardo felt had gained an unfair advantage by cutting the chicane to overtake him initially.

"I really could only have dreamed that we would be in the position that we are in right now", he told reporters.

"This year has shown so far that our auto is more efficient, our vehicle is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash", Vettel said. I know what he ment (sic).

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