Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ace makes Ferrari admission despite Hungarian Grand Prix triumph

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes ace makes Ferrari admission despite Hungarian Grand Prix triumph

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.

"What a lovely day", said the Briton, who has his sights on a fifth world championship crown and with a lucrative new two-year contract with Mercedes secured.

"We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend so to come out with these points, we'll definitely take it as a bonus, " said Hamilton in a pitlane interview after embracing team members. So I hope that this year, and I think 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 - so I'm quite confident with what's sitting in the pipeline that we can improve.

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

'I don't believe there is ever a time when you think you have got your hand on the championship.

That was despite Ferrari having demonstrated a clear pace advantage over Mercedes in the practice sessions with the momentum now well and truly with Hamilton and co. "We were a little bit out of position for the speed that we had".

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"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".

To Vettel's credit, he did his best to damage the limitation after his off-colour qualifying display, but Ferrari had the quicker vehicle this weekend.

"We are probably not as competitive in the wet as we are in the dry", the German said.

"I think which way you look it depends if it's good or bad".

"It worked out kind of OK, because I was giving a hard time to Valtteri and Seb so they never had the freedom to slow down and take care of their tyres and it paid off, it bought one place".

Recovering from the incident, Ricciardo was not going to waste another chance as clawed his way back to Bottas late in the race. I don't mean it in championship terms, we have no number one and number two, but it was just how he was racing, was from my standpoint the best race so far with Valtteri at Mercedes in the last three years.

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