Lewis Hamilton delighted after Hungarian win extends title lead

Lewis Hamilton delighted after Hungarian win extends title lead

Vettel said he was confident Ferrari would be able to mount a serious challenge to Mercedes in the remaining races, but made an oblique reference to the damage he caused by crashing out of the lead in Germany a week ago.

They were counting their blessings again on Saturday when the heavens opened at the Hungaroring, world champion Hamilton snatching pole with a final flying lap of one minute, 35.658 seconds.

It was a great finish for Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, looking easily set to take the fifth place his team had targeted, but as he made a dart for P4, Bottas stayed deep in the corner and struck the Australian's vehicle - with a steward's inquiry set for after the race.

Bottas had been sitting in provisional pole from Kimi Raikkonen, but championship leader Hamilton denied him by 0.260secs on a dramatic session with changing conditions.

Ricciardo tried to go around the outside of Bottas at Turn 1 but the Finn understeered into his rival and pitched him wide.

"Well first of all, "wingman" hurts", said Bottas.

"P2 is not what we really wanted, but the maximum we could get today", said Vettel.

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Raikkonen had pitted a lap earlier, falling to fifth behind Ricciardo, who had yet to stop. We could control the pace and my position, but then the rear tyres started to die. "The points gap is big, so for sure the team will decide at some point". We touched, I was the only one which got damage.

Hamilton had created a lead over six seconds by now and it was a tough task ahead for the Ferrari driver to come close to the W09.

The Mercedes team had to react quickly as if they had not stopped Bottas at the time, both Ferraris would have been ahead of them.

"So I am quite confident with what is sitting in the pipeline we can improve and it should be an exciting second half of the year".

But he comfortably held position while Vettel jumped ahead of Raikkonen and nearly caught Bottas. A few laps later, having been caught by Ricciardo, Bottas' understeered across the apex and into the side of the Red Bull auto.

"It was a very important day yesterday with the rain, because I think Ferrari have really shown that they've been the fastest, at least in the last few races".

Valtteri Bottas was given a ten-second penalty and two superlicence penalty points for his collision with Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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