First of all Wingman Hurts - Valtteri Bottas

Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton over his comments

Toto Wolff has defended Lewis Hamilton over his comments

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix, extending his lead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who finished in second place.

Following his win in Germany and Vettel's dramatic crash out from the lead, Hamilton is ahead in the championship fight by 17 points.

The two Mercedes made flawless getaways, Hamilton streaking clear and Bottas staying close to resist attacks as Vettel swept inside into third.

The German started on the more durable soft tyres, and assumed the lead of the race on lap 25 when Hamilton, on the purple-striped ultrasoft rubber, made his one and only stop. In Hungary a cool-headed drive, as track temperatures crept towards 60C, allowed him to convert his pole position, which he had secured in the rain on Saturday, into victory.

Lewis Hamilton insists he does not have one hand on the Formula One championship despite striking a major psychological blow to Sebastian Vettel in the title race.

"It was good we were faster and could pull a gap to Valtteri", Vettel said. Ferrari had opted to split strategies between its two drivers, with Vettel starting the race on soft tyres while Raikkonen, like the rest of the front runners, started on a pair of ultrasofts.

"His tires were getting worse and worse and I knew obviously how long those yellow tires last from the first stint that I had, so I was quite confident I could get him at the end". The racing action will resume with free practice 1 in Belgium on August 24 while there is still no clarity over who will lift the driver's championship at the end of the season.

"I really could only have dreamed that we would be in the position that we are in right now", he admitted.

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Hamilton's win was the ideal way to finish the first part of the season but that doesn't obscure the fact that the title race could still go down to the wire. We had to stop earlier than we wanted because of Kimi, we had to cover him.

They pitted Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen; Mercedes felt they had to respond with Bottas, and now Vettel was second behind Hamilton.

We are on equal terms and I trust the team 100% on that.

Later Sunday, Bottas was given a 10-second time penalty for his collision with Ricciardo although the sanction did not affect his finishing position of fifth.

"It doesn't really feel like a very happy finish, but as a team we scored decent points".

On arguably the most hard track for overtaking in F1 after Monaco, it greatly reduced Vettel's hopes of finishing second.

"This year has shown so far that our auto is more efficient, our vehicle is stronger and still has a lot of potential to unleash", Vettel said. Like Hamilton, he maintained the title race is still wide open.

Vettel said he was not concerned, either by his championship position or by comparisons with a year ago.

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