Lewis Hamilton in holiday mood after Hungarian GP victory

Lewis Hamilton in holiday mood after Hungarian GP victory

He said: "The second half of the season is always intense but it is usually when it gets a bit better on our side".

Bottas said that he would speak to Mercedes" team management later to discuss the "wingman' issue, as he suggested there had been no indication he was playing a supporting role to Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel is even leading the world championship, but not counting any chickens in his battle with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. He topped 2 of the 3 dry practice sessions. "No, I think it's far too early". You have seen the ups and downs we have had - we've been ahead, then behind, then ahead. "I'm really happy, going into the break, particularly with back-to-back wins".

Hamilton was also full of praise for Mercedes' teamwork on and off the circuit.

"I think which way you look it depends if it's good or bad. I think we could have gone with Lewis today with the race pace", said Vettel. "I was next to him on the inside and I was locking up, but he still turned in and then we touched". "What matters to me is that we are constantly developing, and we are".

If Ferrari had executed a clean pit stop he would have emerged ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the final stint and may have been able to chase down Hamilton in the lead.

"He had to cover Kimi and that was unfortunate because that's a long, long way to go on the soft tyres".

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Kimi Raikkonen finished third, his fifth podium finish in a row, in the second Ferrari ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who surged from 12th on the grid to fourth for Red Bull ahead of Bottas, who finished fifth after a late pit stop.

Wolff later explained that his comments had been misconstrued. On resumption, Vettel closed to within a second of Bottas, but despite tyres that were 24 laps younger, he was unable to find a pass as Raikkonen closed in.

Like Hamilton, he maintained the title race is still wide open.

"We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend so to come out with these points, we'll definitely take it as a bonus, " said Hamilton in a pitlane interview after embracing team members. "But that is part of racing".

"We knew that it [being on different tyre strategies] would also make it very hard to win, even for me".

"Today I had them covered, but had they been on pole, we would have struggled." he admitted.

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