Lewis Hamilton wanted whatever Wolff was smoking

Lewis Hamilton says he wanted whatever Toto Wolff was smoking after the Austrian told him he could win the Hungarian GP over the team radio. It looked like Hamilton would cruise to victory in Budapest after team-mate Valtteri Bottas took himself and Sergio Perez out of the race at the start and also caused Max Verstappen to pick up severe damage. However, the Mercedes driver then went from first to last at the restart as he, unlike every other driver, opted not to pit for dry tyres immediately, thus dropping…

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Ross Brawn: Fernando Alonso ‘tough and fair’ in Lewis Hamilton battle

F1 managing director Ross Brawn saw nothing wrong with Fernando Alonso’s robust defence against Lewis Hamilton in Hungary. The veteran duo share a storied past in Formula 1, stretching all the way back to their time as McLaren team-mates in 2007, Hamilton’s rookie season. And at the 2021 Hungarian GP, the pair renewed acquaintances as Hamilton came across Alonso during his recovery drive back up the order, having dropped to last after pitting for dry tyres a lap later than the rest of the field. Running P4 Alonso had a…

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“Dizzy” Lewis Hamilton May Be Suffering “Lingering Effects” Of COVID-19

Lewis Hamilton, who battled from the back of the field to take second place in an intense and exhausting Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, admitted he may still be suffering from the effects of Covid-19 which caused him to miss a race last year. The Mercedes driver, who now leads the championship by eight points, was visibly unwell on the podium after the dramatic race and struggled to raise his trophy. He was initially absent from the press conference reserved for the first three drivers because he was…

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Hungarian Grand Prix: Esteban Ocon Wins Chaotic Hungarian GP, Lewis Hamilton Takes Championship Lead

Lewis Hamilton missed the chance to chalk up his 100th victory but did take over the lead in the world championship as France’s Esteban Ocon steered his way through a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to collect his first ever win. After a tactical error dropped pole-sitter Hamilton to last place, the Briton picked his way through the field, finally clawing his way past Ocon’s Alpine teammate Fernando Alonso, to finish third behind the Frenchman and Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin. For 24-year-old Ocon, who controlled the race from…

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Alonso surprised not to have been passed earlier by Hamilton

Fernando Alonso put up a staunch defense against Lewis Hamilton for the better part of ten laps in the latter part of the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the Spaniard believes the Mercedes driver should have passed him much earlier. While his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon led Sunday’s proceedings, Alonso progressed up to fourth with just over 20 laps to go. However, a fast-moving Hamilton storming through the field caught up with the Spaniard. Aware that a strong resistance would only increase Ocon’s chances of success, Alonso put in an extra…

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Wolff: Booing of Hamilton a consequence of British GP controversy

Toto Wolff says the booing directed at Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in Hungary is a fallout consequence of the events that unfolded at Silverstone two weeks ago. Hamilton’s 101st career pole in F1 clinched at the Hungaroring on Saturday was met with a wave of jeers from Max Verstappen supporters. The Mercedes drivers brushed off the loud hollers, saying the booing “just fuels me”, while Verstappen himself condemned his fans’ reaction. “It’s not correct of course but at the end of the day we are drivers, we shouldn’t get disturbed…

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Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Defies Boos To Take Pole With 100th Win In Sight

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton shrugged off boos and accusations of gamesmanship to secure the 101st pole position of his career on Saturday as he defied the heat and championship rival Max Verstappen to set the quickest lap in qualifying for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton, who is aiming for his 100th Grand Prix victory and his ninth in Hungary, will be joined on the front row by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Verstappen starting third alongside his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Hamilton brushed off the boos that came from…

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Hamilton denies 'silly' Mercedes gamesmanship charge

Lewis Hamilton has strongly denied that he and Mercedes resorted to ‘gamesmanship’ to clinch pole position in today’s qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. With Hamilton already on provisional pole, he and team mate Valtteri Bottas appeared to hold up the Red Bull drivers heading into the final flying laps at the end of Q3. As a result, Max Verstappen wasn’t quite able to find the improvement he needed to get onto the front row of the grid for Sunday’s race, while Sergio Perez missed out on…

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Lewis Hamilton using Hungarian GP crowd booing as ‘fuel’

Lewis Hamilton said the booing he received after qualifying in Hungary will only serve to “fuel” him for the race on Sunday. After taking an eighth pole position around the Hungaroring, the crowd – filled with orange-clad supporters of title rival Max Verstappen – roundly booed the seven-time World Champion as he approached Johnny Herbert to take questions about his 101st P1 starting position. Herbert did chastise the booing fans, but the Mercedes driver was quick to praise his team for their work over the course of the weekend, before…

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Red Bull clear up Albon’s role in Hamilton review

Christian Horner says Red Bull had always planned on running Alex Albon at Silverstone after the British GP, denying it was an outing aimed solely at recreating Lewis Hamilton’s racing lines. Requesting a formal review of Hamilton’s 10-second penalty for crashing into Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix, Red Bull went into Thursday’s hearing armed with a PowerPoint presentation of slides showing GPS data as well as footage. Footage not of the actual crash but rather of their own test driver taking the Brit’s different lines through Copse, his…

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