Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in Hungary

July 31st, 2011

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It was an interesting race today with Lewis overtaking Sebastian Vettel early in the race and leading for a good part of the race. Unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for Hamilton as he went on to the intermediate tyre when it started to rain slightly – which soon stopped soon causing for another pit stop to change the tyres. Lewis also had to serve a drive-through penalty. After Lewis had a spin, he did a 180 to face the right direction causing Paul Di Resta to swerve around Lewis by going off the track.

Lewis Hamilton’s comments after the race:

Big congratulations to Jenson. He pushed me hard and he deserved to win the race. I felt sorry for the team that we didn’t get a one-two, but at least one of us got the victory.

The car felt very good to drive today. I think the cooler conditions helped us, but the team has done a fantastic job to get us where we are. We’ve now won two races in the space of a week, which is a great way to enter the summer break.

I’m disappointed in myself for spinning. I had to do a doughnut to get myself facing the right way and that forced Paul [di Resta] onto the grass, which is why I got the drive-through penalty. I’ve apologised to Paul and I’ll put the penalty behind me and move on to the next race.

Hamilton’s Saturday Qualifying comments

It’s great to see the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team with both cars on the front two rows – it’s a sign that there’s real pace here now. Everyone in the team is doing a fantastic job and we were genuinely competitive today.

At one stage during Q3 I was up: I had half a tenth in reserve. But then I went a little bit wide, which triggered a big oversteer moment, and the result was that I lost that crucial bit of time. But the points aren’t given out for today, and I’m feeling good about tomorrow.

I’m very excited about the race, in fact, because we had quite a good long run yesterday and we’ll work hard to build on that pace overnight and take it into tomorrow. We’re in the fight – and, with a good start, we can definitely challenge for the win.

3 Responses to “Lewis Hamilton finishes 4th in Hungary”

  1. derick grami says:

    Yes jenson did good, but you kicked his ass, sorrry, your engeneer put the wrong tires on, then that FIA, don’t even knew why they mess up so many races up for the fans, you should have won, not your fault. Keep doing what you do, it is good and fun for the fans.God the F.S.A. is so fucked up, sorry for lingo. The thing is that you are the BEST for f-1, have a nice vacation, get liad, and then go to Belgium and do your thing. THE DUDE.

  2. julie says:

    loved the race. thought you had it in the bag .but nice to see that j b stoped vet getting frist.i loved that you and j b were aloud too race and not told to hold the gap. great job.

  3. Chris Gregory says:

    When you look at Lewis’ spin you will see that he comes to rest with not enough room at either end of his car. All the drivers coming through had to leave the track to avoid an obstruction that was at right angles. Di Resta had to leave the track any way. Lewis spun the car admirably, in my opinion and actually presented less of a target by doing so.
    One has to wonder if it had been any other driver than Lewis, what the decision of the stewards would have been.
    Yes I do think Lewis has done some things that have deserved penalising but I can’t recall deliberate actions that have been carried out to affect the outcome of a race and yes I do mean Schumacher.

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