Daniel Ricciardo sixth after Hungarian Grand Prix practice drama

Lawrence Cooper
July 31, 2017

"In the end I was getting a little bit anxious as the gap was increasing", Bottas said.

Hamilton heads into F1's summer break trailing Vettel by 14 points, with Bottas another 19 back, third in the standings.

Dutchman Max Verstappen finished fifth for Red Bull after surviving an opening lap collision with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo that saw the angry Australian forced into an early retirement, forcing the deployment of the Safety Car. Raikkonen, who led Ferrari's last qualifying one-two at May's Monaco Grand Prix, was 0.168 seconds slower.

His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas had allowed Hamilton through into third place so he could mount his challenge, but the pair swapped places on the last lap as they had agreed. On a hot day at the Hungaroring, the outright lap record was broken several times with Vettel finally taking pole in 1:16.276, one-tenth clear of Raikkonen and two-tenths ahead of Bottas. Hamilton came in at fourth place.

On a circuit that reduces power output because of its tight and twisting nature, the Red Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed.

Ricciardo, so consistent in recent grand prixs, could not mask his disappointment and frustration at a move which cost Verstappen a 10-second time penalty from the race stewards.

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In the beginning of the race, Bottas has created the space to allow Hamilton to attack the cars Ferrari.

Bottas had let Hamilton through on the 45th of the 70 laps, on the assurance that his team mate would hand back the place if he could not overtake the Ferraris, and the triple champion duly kept his word.

After Hamilton's comfortable homecoming victory at Silverstone, the Briton was expected to take charge of the world title race. When this occurs, Lewis Hamilton-otherwise a master of qualifying-tends to struggle to put in a clean lap. McLaren-Honda's Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top ten, meaning he scored points for the first time this season.

The Ferrari team will have a chance to narrow down Mercedes' lead at the next race - the Belgian Grand Prix in August.

"The win in front of his home crowd was emotionally charged and I am sure he is carrying that energy with him right now. We'll have a look - but it doesn't matter now because we won the race!"

Kimi Raikkonen was not impressed with Paul di Resta, the reserve driver in the seat of Felipe Massa's Williams, suggesting he should "stick to reporting".

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