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F1: SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS TENSE HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix despite problems with his Ferrari and a valiant attack by title rival Lewis Hamilton.

In a nail-biting finish, Vettel had his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen behind complaining that he could go faster but being used by the team as a buffer against Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver closed in but was unable to overcome the problems created by losing grip in the wake of another car.

And he let team-mate Valtteri Bottas past into third place, honouring a promise he made earlier in the race when the Finn moved aside to let Hamilton attack the Ferraris.

Vettel’s victory with Hamilton in fourth extended his championship lead to 14 points as Formula 1 heads into its four-week summer break.

What they said

Vettel said: “I am over the moon. It was a really difficult race. I had my hands full from three to four laps after the safety car, the steering started to go sideways and it started to get worse. It wasn’t easy but it didn’t do a favour to Kimi who could obviously go faster.

“You go down the straight and it’s not straight. In right-handers it was OK, but in left-handers you had to go further than your head is telling you you should.

“I tried to hang in there as much as possible. The race felt very long”.

On extending his championship lead, Vettel said: “I don’t mind. It’s OK. Could be worse”.

Bottas said: “For sure in the end I was getting little bit worried because I was losing ground with all the backmarkers. So really thanks to Lewis for keeping his word”.

Credit: Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at the Hungaroring

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