The victory in today's race was a real salvation for Mercedes after frustrating weekend in Germany. However, along with the victory, the leaders got the eighth place, which does not correspond to the results of the World Champions.
Mercedes race didn’t start with the best way. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas began a fierce battle from the start. Hamilton touched the Bottas car’s wheel that forced Valtteri to slow down and miss the teammate forward. Then, Charles Leclerc from Ferrari in an attempt to overtake Finn touched his front wing with the wheel, which finally completed the Bottas race.
Valtteri went to the pits, where he changed the front wing, after which he returned to the track at the last position. After a small break through the peloton, the driver was able to reach only the 8th place, because the track is very difficult for overtaking.
"That was a tough day and not what I expected. Far from it. The first lap was a bit messy, I had a lock-up at Turn 1 which was my mistake. I was trying to brake as late and as hard as I could, but I locked the front-right and picked up a flat-spot. That caused a bit of understeer and then obviously I had the contact with Charles, which broke the front wing. We had to stop early as a result and that really compromised my race, as I came out in traffic and lost a lot of time. I tried everything I could, but it was really tough to overtake. At least I got some points but we'll analyse what happened and learn from it."
Lewis race can not be called easy, even despite the victory. In his case tactics played a key role. Thanks to the transition to two-stops tactic the team secured his driver seventh victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"We've been together for seven years, but this feeling never gets old. If it wasn't for everyone here and back at the factory, this wouldn't have been possible. I'm so grateful to be a part of it and for the team for continuing to believe in me, push the limits and take a risk. We struggled a little with the brakes today, so I was trying to save as much as I could for when I had a chance to pass Max. It was very, very difficult to get by. I wasn't sure if I could close the 19-second gap, but the team said to just get your head down, so I did. I kept pushing, the gap closed and the laps were like Qualifying laps. I was on the limit all the way. I take my hat off to the team and I think if Niki were here today, he would take his hat off too," – Lewis shared his feelings.
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