Race Notes

Mercedes start summer break on good note!

Hello summer break! The Pure Pit Wall correctly predicted the podium finishers at the Hungaroring (VET, RAI, BOT).

Both Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers started the race from the second row on the grid, with Valtteri Bottas in P3 and Lewis Hamilton in P4.

They had a good race and showed respect to each other on track as Valtteri was asked to let Lewis through on Lap 47 to try and battle with the Ferraris up front. However, the Brit could not overtake the cars in front of him due to the turbulent air he was kicking up.

As a result, on the last lap of the race, Lewis gave up his P3 and let Valtteri through to take the last spot on the podium, as promised by the team. Lewis finished the race in P4.

It’s naturally difficult to overtake at the Hungaroring due to its narrow, twisting, winding nature so there were just 14 overtakes (7 with DRS), which was four more than in 2016’s race.

The Safety Car was deployed on the first lap, following a collision mid-way in the field at Turn 2. It stayed on the track for 5 Laps.

The winning strategy was a one stop, with a tyre change on Lap 33 where the Supersoft compounds were replaced with a set of Soft tyres.

Lewis clocked the Fastest Pit Lane Time with a 21.3s stop – a great way to head into the summer break for the team!

In the Drivers’ Championship, Lewis (188) is now 14 points behind Sebastian Vettel (202), while Valtteri is still staying strong in P3 (169).

The good finish for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport (357) means that they limited the damage up front, and are still ahead of Ferrari (318) in the Constructors’ Championship by 39 points.

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