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Hamilton wants to fight for wins on return from F1 holiday | formula 1

Despite lacking out on an opportunity to win with George Russell, Mercedes ended the Hungarian Grand Prix and the primary half of the F1 season on a constructive double podium, with Lewis Hamilton and the teenager in Car 63 ending second and third respectively. And the seven-time champion, on his fifth consecutive podium, doesn’t cover his enthusiasm for the evolution of the staff within the final races of this 12 months.

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– George was unfortunate at this time. The different guys nonetheless have slightly little bit of an edge, however we’re clearly closing the hole and it is an incredible method to go into the vacations understanding that now we have that efficiency. We hope that within the second half of the season he can deliver a bit extra and begin to fight with the fellows on the entrance.’

Lewis Hamilton was second within the Hungarian Grand Prix – Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Russell began from pole however ended up swallowed up by the technique and efficiency of Verstappen’s RBR and the Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc, hampered by poor selections and sluggish tire adjustments.

The younger man was additionally overtaken by Hamilton, who began from seventh place, gained two positions at the beginning of the race, overtook Lando Norris and took benefit of the errors of the Italian staff – regardless of the unhealthy pit cease through the first tire change. The seven-time champion nonetheless made it 10 factors off Sainz within the last stretch of the race.

– I truthfully suppose that in a straight race we’d not be that far behind Max. I’m very excited concerning the second half of the season, and I’m pleased with my staff. I need to thanks for pushing by means of this troublesome 12 months and by no means giving up. Being on the rostrum with each automobiles could be very particular for us”, continued Hamilton, fortunately.

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Lewis Hamilton and George Russell embrace after the Hungarian Grand Prix; the pair received the Mercedes podium — Photo: Peter J Fox/Getty Images

Third place helped Russell transfer up to fourth within the drivers’ championship, overtaking Sainz. Hamilton is sixth. And within the World Team Championship, Mercedes has narrowed its hole with Ferrari and is now lower than 30 factors behind its rival, the RBR vice-leader – who has 431 targets on the desk.

And it may have been a greater consequence for Mercedes from Saturday’s qualifying, had it not been for the rear wing drawback that took Hamilton out of the pole battle on the finish of Q3:

– If we had accomplished the lap yesterday, we might have been within the first row, and perhaps it will have been a special consequence. If my rear wing was good, we might be in rivalry for victory. We discovered one thing, acquired a bit nearer and managed to compete with the Ferraris.

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates second place for Mercedes on the Hungarian Grand Prix — Photo: Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 through Getty Images

Hamilton now has six podiums in 2022, coming from one other second in France; Russell completed fifth. F1 is now taking a well-deserved break, returning to compete within the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on August 28. There are 9 rounds left to end the event.

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