Daniel Ricciardo flips the bird to Valttari Bottas during Hungarian Grand Prix
- Author: Stacy Allen Aug 01, 2018,
Aug 01, 2018, 5:00
Wet conditions in qualifying gave teams a free pick of tyres to start the race, with Hamilton starting on supersofts and Vettel on the harder compound.
Despite having fresher, and softer, tyres, Vettel struggled to pass Bottas for 25 laps.
The German competitor eventually managed to overtake his Finnish rival, but the two cars collided during the maneuver, and the right edge of the Mercedes's first wing broke, but the left rim of Ferrari remained intact.
Vettel, his team mourning the death of former chairman Sergio Marchionne, ended the day with the quickest lap of one minute 16.834 seconds after Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo led the way in the morning with a best of 1:17.613.
Vettel recovered from fourth to second, but following Hamilton's fifth win of the campaign - and the Briton traditionally at his peerless best in the second half of the year - he could be excused for feeling he has at least one finger on his fourth title in five years.
When asked about the "wingman" comment, Wolff said: "That's exactly why things that are not being discussed directly face to face are being completely spun out of control in a wrong way".
Speaking after the race, he said: "On the summer break - I test Tuesday and then I will escape Wednesday and get far away from race cars for a few weeks".
Twenty laps before the end, it was clear that if there were no accident or technical defeat, only Vettel's third place could be realistic, or overtaking Bottas, since Hamilton's advantage grew steadily. To his credit, he did his best to damage the limitation after his off-colour qualifying display, but Ferrari had the quicker vehicle this weekend.
"We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend, so to come out with these points, we'll definitely take it as a bonus", said Hamilton. "I don't know how much length the tyre was on but I guess it was around 50 - 54 [laps] - the tyre was completely shot".
The sport will now take a month-long break before battles resumes in Belgium on August 26. Vettel was now only a couple of second off Bottas and only passed the Finn when the latter made a decision to pit on Lap 15, a lap after Raikkonen.
The start was a good one for Hamilton, who launched from the first place, while Valterri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes) passed Kimi Raikkonnen.
"I just ended up being a mess in the end with a broken auto", Bottas said.
"I got a hit from behind".
Bottas put his prang with Vettel down to a racing incident and felt there was little he could have done to avoid the crash with Ricciardo.
"Compared to past year, we lost the championship I think because our vehicle wasn't quick enough to be a match in the final part of the season", he said. "I think it's the last part here that really kills me, when I go and celebrate with my team, but a big thank you to everyone back at the factory".