I don't blame Bottas for collision - Vettel

Lewis Hamilton celebrates F1 win

Lewis Hamilton celebrates F1 win

The Ferrari driver was initially on track to leapfrog Bottas after his stop but traffic, combined with a slow pit stop due to a problem with the front-left wheel, resulted in Vettel rejoining the field in third place, and crucially, behind Bottas.

"I got hit from behind but for him there was nowhere to go", Vettel said.

Nonetheless, the "wingman" comment comes just a week after Bottas was firmly told by strategist James Vowles to "hold station" behind Hamilton in Germany, even though the Finn was quicker and on fresher rubber. But then the rear tyres started to die. Then I think we did well. I don't believe there's ever a moment that you've got your hands on the title or the trophy.

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for Mercedes on Sunday to go into the August break with a 24-point lead over Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

Bottas knocked Ricciardo off the track as the Aussie was desperately surging towards a podium finish, but Ricciardo managed to pass him a few laps later.

Vettel hopes points will flow freely, once glitches are ironed out.

"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", said Hamilton.

'A lot can happen moving forward, but what is important is that we continue to keep the pressure on, and work as we have done until now'. You don't want to do that. "I think that boost will last a long time for our team and it's encouraging for everyone so I'm excited for the break". Without that it would have been a much more relaxed last part of the race, probably hunting down Lewis. "It's important to capitalise on those hard weekends such as this and I think that's really been a key strength of ours this year", he added.

Team boss Wolff said: "It wasn't realistic for us to win". I was the only one damaged, which was fair enough. "I wasn't sure what was going on", Vettel said. Bottas' longer second stint had hampered his own race prospects but prevented Vettel from attacking Hamilton with a significant tyre advantage, which provd to be decisive in the outcome of the race.

Mercedes lacked pace compared to Ferrari in dry conditions on Friday but secured a front-row lockout in wet weather on Saturday, and was braced for a challenge as the warm conditions returned on Sunday.

All this at a time when Ferrari have made a decisive step forward in engine performance that has got tongues wagging in the paddock and caused concern at Mercedes that they are now definitively fighting a faster vehicle.

In addition to this, he is leading this season's championship at the halfway stage, with another championship imminent as he has historically been stronger in the second half of the season.

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