Valtteri Bottas upset as Toto Wolff calls him 'sensational wingman'

Hamilton leads the championship before the summer break for the season

Bottas was on 53-lap old tyres at the time after Mercedes opted to pit him on lap 15 of the race and keep him out on track to hinder Vettel's progress.

He was able to do so until the final laps, by which point Hamilton had eased away for victory. Friday data suggests Ferrari has a 0.2s pace advantage over the Mercedes on heavy fuel, so if Kimi Raikkonen or Sebastian Vettel can get ahead at the start they will be well placed to press home that advantage over the remaining laps.

He also admitted regret that Bottas' strategy was so badly hurt by his own fortunes - the Finn dropped to fifth late on after clashes with Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo while trying to manage a heavily-worn set of tyres to the chequered flag.

After a brilliant qualifying session in the rains, Hamilton was flying right from the opening lap creating a considerable gap between him and teammate Bottas, who started second on the grid. "Second of all I don't see any positives for me".

"[But] we had to stop earlier than we wanted because of Kimi [Raikkonen], we had to cover him, and still 20 laps before the end everything was feeling okay. And hopefully we will be able to upgrade our package in the second-half of the season so it's a little bit stronger than theirs".

"In today's race, starting P2, after lap one, Valtteri's race was the ideal wingman race - and I don't mean it in championship terms, because we have no number one, we have no number two, but it was just how he was racing".

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Bottas was on the ultra-softs and so he had to pit, allowing Vettel to take second place.

"That was frustrating, I was on the radio saying he was basically killing my race because he shouldn't be in front".

An hour later, Bottas clarified his comments.

Vettel launched a challenge on lap 65 and used superior traction exiting Turn 1, aided by a defensive Bottas suffering a kick of oversteer, to move ahead. But with Bottas struggling with his rear tires, Vettel seized his chance. A few laps later, having been caught by Ricciardo, Bottas' understeered across the apex and into the side of the Red Bull vehicle. "I did not do myself a favour last week but it is part of racing, so stuff happens".

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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