After his shenanigans in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has been accused of “gamesmanship.”
During qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was accused of playing games.
After holding up the field during the last qualifying session at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez’s engineer has accused Lewis Hamilton of “gamesmanship.” With only two minutes remaining in Q3, Hamilton had already posted the fastest lap of the session.
The Brit drove agonizingly slow out of the pits when he returned to the circuit for one more out lap.
The seven-time world champion suddenly came to a halt at the track’s entry, leaving the two Red Bulls trailing him eager to get going.
Because of Hamilton’s shenanigans, Perez was unable to start another fastest lap and was forced to settle for sixth position.
Verstappen did reach the start line ahead of the chequered flag, but he struggled and finished four tenths slower than Hamilton.
With Valtteri Bottas qualifying ahead of Verstappen, Mercedes has locked down the front row for Sunday’s race.
“Not really, it’s a bit of gamesmanship,” Red Bull CEO Christian Horner remarked later. He’s just backing it up because he doesn’t want our automobiles to have a clear run. That is not a huge concern for us.
“Clearly, he was more interested in what was going on behind the scenes, but that’s part of the game.”
“That last qualifying lap was an unbelievable qualifying lap,” Hamilton remarked after securing pole. This weekend, everyone, including Valtteri, put in incredible teamwork. Trying to keep the automobile moving forward and progressing.
“It’s been incredible to watch everyone join together, rally, and press forward.
“Having a lockout for our team is obviously beneficial.
“I’m grateful for all of the help I’ve received here. To be honest, I’ve never felt so good about the booing; if anything, it simply motivates me. So that doesn’t bother me.”
“Clearly, we’ve been a little behind the whole weekend so far, and it showed again in qualifying,” Verstappen remarked.
“Of course, this isn’t what we wanted, but we’re still in P3 and will see what we can do.” But thus far, it’s not what I’m looking for.
“It’ll be different [beginning with the soft tyre and progressing to Merc’s mediums].” We’ll find out tomorrow how much better the grip was on these tyres. Naturally, it’ll be really hot.”Brinkwire Summary News.”