Lewis Hamilton extends his lead with victory in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton dealt another blow to Sebastian Vettel by winning the Hungarian Grand Prix and extending his championship lead.

He dropped a place at the start to teammate Sebastian Vettel but said beating race victor Lewis Hamilton was always going to be tough after Mercedes outqualified Ferrari on Saturday. Pole was Hamilton's, the front-row to Bottas, with Vettel only fourth, behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. "I don't see any positives in this race for me".

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".

"I am happy to see that the vehicle is fast, it has worked well on every track so far, so I think this is the most important thing".

Lap 65 - Vettel finally gets past Botta, but Botta runs into Vettel as they go into a curve!

"Vettel, who finised second behind Hamilton, said: "His tyres were getting worse and worse and I was quite confident I could get him".

He said: "We lost out and we came out behind, that didn't help". The Chinese GP saw Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) emerging on top while both Hamilton and Vettel missed the podium.

"I think if you compare the stint on the soft to the other cars, obviously we were different fuel loads and mirrored strategy but was very good".

The Brit has claimed back-to-back wins after Sebastian Vettel's error in Germany and then a misjudged Ferrari team call in Hungary, putting the 33-year-old atop the standings by 24 points.

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Bottas was praised by Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff for his "wingman" performance in those circumstances.

"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.

"We've just got to keep it up because, as I've said, we came here, we came to the last race, [Ferrari] kind of blew us away a little bit in qualifying - they would have done here had it been dry".

This was the fourth time this season that Verstappen has failed to finish, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner blamed the Renault engine as being substandard.

"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".

Twenty laps before the end, it was clear that if there were no accident or technical defeat, only Vettel's third place could be realistic, or overtaking Bottas, since Hamilton's advantage grew steadily.

Speaking to Sky F1, Vettel added: "l am confident that if we have a vehicle to fight with we can put them under pressure and make things happen in the second half".

"We couldn't have expected this..." "I don't mean it in championship terms".

"I think, as a whole, we have hopefully done a slightly better job up until now".

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