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Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton WINS - Vettel second

01 August 2018

Sebastian Vettel survived a collision with Valtteri Bottas to snatch second place at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but Lewis Hamilton's victory extended his lead in the drivers' standings to 24 points.

Bottas ran into the back of the Ferrari as he attempted to defend the position, but Vettel escaped without any damage to finish 17 seconds behind Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen third. 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.

Despite running on ultrasoft tyres against the softs on the Mercedes, Vettel then had to spend nearly twenty laps behind Bottas while an untroubled Hamilton cruised to victory.

Despite being beaten at the Hungaroring, a track at which Ferrari was expected to comfortably beat Mercedes, Arrivabene has praised the team and its drivers.

In a dramatic finish, Valtteri Bottas lost control of his auto and bumped Ricciardo's Red Bull off the track as he was about to be overtaken.

Hamilton, however, has a formidable recent record in the second half of the season. "At least we got one place back but far from ideal", said the Finn. Ricciardo said after the race.

However, fierce Vettel fought back in Canada and followed by Hamilton in France. When the Ferrari driver finally made his move at turn two, the Bottas misjudged his braking, clattering the rear of Vettel's auto.

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Hamilton's victory was a near-perfect send-off for him and Mercedes as the F1 circus set off for a four-week closedown that will end when the teams return to action in Belgium at the end of August. For sure we knew from the start that qualifying, where we qualified, we tried to do something different, I was happy to do that and I think the pace showed today that we were good.

Bottas' race unravelled after Vettel attempted to pass.

"The bittersweet feeling I have is that he would have deserved to finish P2 - where he has started and where he was after Lap 1". Stuff happens." "Last year, we lost the championship because our auto was not quick enough in the final part of the season, but this year it is more efficient and it is stronger and still has a lot of potential.

"I think we could have the catching bit but not really the overtake".

"It worked out kind of OK, because I was giving a hard time to Valtteri and Seb so they never had the freedom to slow down and take care of their tyres and it paid off, it bought one place".

Hungarian Grand Prix: Hamilton WINS - Vettel second