Lewis Hamilton was Feeling Hungary

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After an amazing win at the German Grand Prix from 14th position, with his teammate Bottas in second, Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes family headed for Hungary for the last race of mid season. This was a track where track position is everything, and more suited to Ferrari, so how much damage limitation could they expect?

Lewis Hamilton was Feeling Hungary

Mercedes arrived in Hungary without much expectation last weekend, but with an amazing win from the previous week in Germany, Lewis Hamilton was fired up and ready to go. This is a track with lots of twisty corners, and it's notoriously difficult to overtake, and would suit Ferrari far more, as their car is the fastest on the grid.

During free practice, Mercedes were 4th and 5th, and it was clear to see Red Bull and Ferrari were quite a bit faster. The temperatures were high, which would also affect tyre wear.

Just before qualifying it started to rain hard, so tyre choices became very important to get maximum grip, so teams were switching between full wets and intermediates to try and get the best results.

Qualifying

Lewis went out on intermediates, and found enough grip. Vettel clearly struggled in the wet because his times dropped considerably. Bottas had provisional pole position, and then in the last few seconds Lewis put in a hot lap which beat his team mate by a quarter of a second, and put him in pole position. Raikennon was third, and Vettel a lowly fourth.

This was very unexpected top find himself in that position, and Lewis was delighted. He has always been a master in rainy conditions, but the chances of having rain in qualifying was remote, and it couldn't have served him better. Track position is everything in Hungary, as it is such a difficult circuit to overtake on.

Lewis said later, that although the conditions for race day would be entirely different, hot and sunny, he was going to do his utmost to keep the Ferraris behind him.

Race Day Came

Race day dawned bright, hot and sunny, and many comments were made about how they would need keep the fast starting Ferraris at bay, and whether their tyres would last in the heat

Both Mercedes had a good start, Raikennon tried to challenge Bottas, and in so doing lost his place to Vettel, who took advantage of the situation. He was now third,. Bottas played an excellent role in keeping the Ferraris away from Lewis, which gave Lewis the opportunity to build up a comfortable lead. Vettel was unable to overtake Bottas until the end of the race when his tyres were completely shot. Lewis made his tyres last a long time, eventually doing one pit stop on lap 25, and then going right to the end without any threat from Vettel.

In the end the stalwart Bottas slipped down to fifth after he was passed by Vettel who tangled with him and damaged his car, and then Raikennon. Ricciardo also had an altercation with him, which was deemed the fault of Bottas, so he got a 10 second penalty, and 2 points on his licence.

Verstappen retired early, and was in a very angry frame of mind, and Ricciardo ended up sixth. Lewis was a worthy winner, and Bottas deserved higher than the fifth place he actually got. Vettel was second, and Raikennon third.

Lewis now holds a lead of twenty four points as they go into the summer break. Vettel thinks he will surely win the championship, as they have the faster car. But even if I wasn't a fan, my money is on Lewis. He makes less mistakes, keeps calm, and is a clean driver, whereas Vettel cannot seem to pass without hitting people. Whichever way you look at it, the second half of the season is going to serve up a lot of drama for the fans, and will be unmissable.

GO LEWIS!


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Bottas, Ferrari, Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Pole Position, Raikennnon, Ricciardo, Verstappen, Vettel, Wet Qualifying

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