Formula One: Hamilton wins at Budapest.
What a great weekend.
Lewis Hamilton achieved his 22nd career victory and his first as a Silver Arrows driver at the Hungaroring. “What a great weekend! We really didn’t expect this when we came here this weekend and I said last night that I would need a miracle to win”, said Lewis. “Well, just maybe they do happen. The team called the strategy and the pit stops just right and then it was just about managing the gap. We have worked so hard to understand these tyres and we got the balance spot on. I am very hopeful this could be a real turning point for us as we coped with these high track temperatures. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the team here and at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth. Team work achieved this result and I really couldn’t be happier.”
Nico tangled with Felipe Massa in turn 5 on lap one and dropped to P12. “Today was a great day for the team, for Lewis and a brilliant job by everyone here at the track and back at our factories”, said Nico. “Unfortunately my weekend didn’t go quite so well and it’s a shame that we couldn’t have had a two-car finish. I got a good start but then Felipe and I came together on the first lap which was unfortunate as I was in front and had left some space for him but his front wing hit my rear tyre. That cost me a lot of positions and it’s really difficult to make the places back up on this track. Then my day came to an early conclusion with the engine failure.
However there are lots of positives for us to take as a team from this weekend and now I really look forward to the upcoming races as we know that we have a quick car and we made the new tyres work for us this weekend.”
Lewis' victory strengthened the team's second position in the Constructors' Championship at the season's halfway point. “We went into this race not really knowing where we stood in terms of tyre performance and behaviour but as the race unfolded, it became clear that we were able to stay competitive with both cars and drivers”, said Ross Brawn.
“Nico was unfortunate to get tangled up with Massa on the first lap and then suffered an engine failure, which was a little worrying in the closing laps as we hadn't seen any signs of overheating. Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend.”
What an outstanding drive from Lewis.
Toto Wolff concluded the tenth race of the season at Budapest: “What an outstanding drive from Lewis – he got a clean getaway and then executed the race strategy perfectly, including some really strong and aggressive overtaking moves when he needed to. He did a great job, just like the team with six clean pit stops for our drivers and the right race strategy. Nico lost positions on the first lap tangling with Felipe and then was making up places when his engine failed near the end of the race. That gave us a nervous few closing laps but we were able to bring Lewis’ car home safely. We came into this weekend with a lot of discussion over how the new tyres would affect us. We did our homework in practice, found the right set-up and managed to take a good step forward this afternoon with how we managed the tyres in race conditions.”