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Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton over his comments

Together with last week's win in Germany, it moves him 24 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the 2018 drivers championship.

Hamilton also praised Bottas for his selfless driving during the race, when he had to cover the threat of Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari, whose early pit-stop, forced Mercedes to follow suit.

Speaking in the moments following the Hungarian Grand Prix, paying tribute to Valtteri Bottas, who had fought a long, late duel with Sebastian Vettel which allowed teammate Lewis Hamilton to build a comfortable lead, team boss Toto Wolff described the Finn's performance as that of a "sensational wingman". "The points gap is big so I'm sure the team will decide at some point".

Judging from the stats alone, Hamilton's time at Mercedes has been more successful - no surprise there really. And while he was on the podium in Austria, it was a race he would have won - after Mercedes' double retirement - but for a three-place grid penalty for blocking in qualifying.

"This year we all know that Ferrari really do have the upper hand pace-wise", said the Briton after his fifth win of the campaign. I'm really happy for Lewis. Stuff happens." "Last year, we lost the championship because our vehicle was not quick enough in the final part of the season, but this year it is more efficient and it is stronger and still has a lot of potential.

The race took place under a heat wave, the air temperature was 33 degrees Celsius while the track 50.




The victory completes a remarkable turnaround for Hamilton over the last two races. Given that their vehicle has been the better of the two this season, Vettel could have expected to be in front at this stage but in the opening 12 races he has made four mistakes that have cost him points.

"We were out of position". I think we could have gone with Lewis today with the race pace.

Raikkonen, without water during the race after Ferrari forgot to connect the bottle, made two stops and agreed third - his fifth successive podium finish - was the best he could have hoped for in the circumstances. Bottas, suffering a loss of downforce when the Ferrari swung in front of him, had nowhere to go and contact was inevitable. So our option was to stop again and try again.

"Second was not what we wanted but is the best we could have done", he said. But what can you do? "To come out with these points, we will definitely take as a bonus for us".

"It obviously hurt us but l am confident that if we have a auto to fight with we can put them under pressure and make things happen in the second half". Toro Rosso racer and Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly proved how far the engine is coming along by finishing a brilliant sixth.

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