Hamilton praises Mercedes strategy "risk" in Budapest win

Hamilton praises Mercedes strategy

Hamilton praises Mercedes strategy "risk" in Budapest win

Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, was ambivalent about Alonso's potential return.

"Now they have a new power unit, they're not lower than us on power, I think in some places they have got more power than us", he contends.

But Hamilton, now 62 points clear of Valtteri Bottas, referred to a self-help book entitled The Four Agreements, by Mexican spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz, as his inspiration for deflecting such broadsides.

Hamilton led the way in FP1 on Friday and placed a close third in FP2, believing he is now almost over the sickness bug that affected him last weekend in Germany.

The loss of momentum, and Bottas believing Hamilton was "a bit on the limit", left him wide open to attack from Charles Leclerc.

"It was hard to get by, the defence was great, and I didn't know if I could catch that 19-second gap", said the Briton of a battle with Verstappen that ebbed and flowed throughout the race.

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Shifting to a two-stop strategy worked a treat, with Hamilton not losing his second place and setting several lap records as he closed on Verstappen at over a second per lap, ultimately taking the race lead on lap 67 of 70 as the Red Bull's badly worn tyres rendered the Dutchman defenceless.

"I just kept my head down, and each lap was like a qualifying lap". "I don't know. I find it a bit weird to say an eight or..."

The Ferrari driver then made contact with Bottas and the front wing damage meant the Mercedes driver could only finish eighth. Unfortunately, they wasted several years combatting lack of performance and reliability and the marriage ended with a messy divorce.

In Hungary, Verstappen was runner-up to Hamilton in FP1 while Pierre Gasly led a Red Bull 1-2 in the rain disrupted FP2 session.

"We'd had brake problems all weekend and having separation of the front temperatures and glazing, I was a bit anxious", he said. But I came second and got fastest lap, so it was a good weekend. Both drivers are starting to put in good performances, so they're there, and it is clearly a very good vehicle.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh for Alfa Romeo and Thai racer Alexander Albon, who went wheel-to-wheel with team mate Daniil Kvyat, took the final point for Honda-powered Toro Rosso.

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