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Valtteri Bottas and Toto Wolff reconcile 'wingman' spat after Hungarian Grand Prix

02 August, 2018, 10:48 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Lewis Hamilton

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.

There is still plenty of work to do if he is to break that streak, even if Hamilton is well ahead of where he was this time past year when he went into the August shutdown 14 points adrift of Vettel. I was just talking about his race. But I was next to him on the inside. I'm really happy for Lewis.

Bottas put up a sterling defensive job to ensure that Hamilton could comfortably build his lead, in turn frustrating Vettel, who estimated he could lap up to 1.5s faster.

"We didn't have the position that we needed given our speed", Vettel said. Daniel Ricciardo started in 12th but clawed his way through the field to demonstrate the pace of the Red Bull.

"You see the teamwork me and Valtteri had, it worked pretty well", he said, pointing to the start and opening lap when they fended off a concerted Ferrari attack.

Despite suffering setbacks at the last two races, Sebastian Vettel is still confident he can deliver Ferrari its first drivers' championship since 2007.

Also in this season, he set the record for the most pole positions in a debut season (6), he notched up the most consecutive podium finishes starting from debut (9), as well as setting the record for becoming the youngest championship leader at 22 years and 126 days at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix.

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




Kimi Raikkonen admitted over the weekend that it is "up to the team" whether he stays next year.

I was at an event where a few select customers of Mercedes-Benz were able to spend time with him, as well as with Toto Wolff, the team's executive director, and Lewis's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas.

"So you sort of know but you don't know because, Lewis" information, they don't call us and say: "Our tyres still look good, you can come in earlier.' That's not how it works".

"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", Hamilton said shortly after getting out of his vehicle.

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. So I hope that this year, and I think this year has shown so far that our vehicle is more efficient, our auto is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash - so I'm quite confident with what's sitting in the pipeline that we can improve.

"We couldn't have expected this... I was lucky the auto was not broken and I could carry on".

So, when asked if 2018 will finally be his year to add a fifth title to his tally and his first wearing red, the German answered: "I don't know".

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