Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

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.

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff described Valtteri Bottas' drive in the Hungarian Grand Prix as that of the "perfect wingman" - but it was a role he took way too far after playing it so well for a long time.

Hamilton now has 213 points to Vettel's 189 after the 12th of 21 races this year and before the championship takes a European summer break. I just feel sad for Valtteri.

Then, after he'd cooled down, Bottas backtracked on his earlier remarks, saying on social media he in fact wouldn't seek a meeting with his boss over being labelled a "wingman".

"But I wanted to still get him back on-track as opposed to waiting for a penalty".

"I just ended up being a mess in the end with a broken auto", Bottas said.

"I don't believe there's ever a moment that you've got your hands on the title or the trophy".

Lap 37 - Hamilton is starting to gain ground on Vettel, whos advantange is down to under 10 seconds. "We also have a vehicle that is still developing and a team that works brilliantly together". Meanwhile, teammate Valtteri Bottas traded paint jobs twice, with Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. I think which way you look at it depends if it's good or bad.

To Vettel's credit, he did his best to damage the limitation after his off-colour qualifying display, but Ferrari had the quicker auto this weekend.

Vettel jumped Raikkonen at the start and the Finnish axis of the strategy was undertaken, although any hopes Raikkonen had of overhauling Bottas were dashed by a tardier stop in order to remove debris from a brake duct.

"So a lot can happen moving forwards, but what's really important is that we continue to keep up the pressure and keep working as we have done until now".

"We could have only dreamt to be in the position that we are in now", Hamilton, who also won in Germany last weekend, said.

The victory ensured that Hamilton comfortably extended his championship lead.

Mercedes, however have insisted that Bottas is not their No.2 driver after Toto Wolff claimed he had been the flawless wingman to Hamilton in Hungary. He was passing him around the outside of Turn 1 when Bottas locked up again and clattered into the side of Ricciardo's Red Bull, damaging its sidepod in the process. "I was lucky the vehicle was not broken and I could carry on". Compared to a year ago, we lost the championship because our vehicle wasn't quick enough to be a match in the final part of the season, despite what happened with the DNFs. We expected damage limitation, rather than taking the points.

"We know that consistency is the key, scoring points, and I did myself no favours last week", said Vettel.

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