After the wild Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton discusses the “crazy” Mercedes mix-up.
In a remarkable race at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton battled back to finish third…
Lewis Hamilton has detailed how a “bizarre” series of events led to him being the only driver on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race that will be remembered for a long time. After teammate Valtteri Bottas caused a crash on the first lap, the seven-time world champion’s race devolved into pandemonium, but that’s just half of the story.
A red flag prompted all of the vehicles to return to the pits, and the heavens opened during the formation lap that followed.
With the exception of leader Hamilton, all drivers elected to return to the pits for a second time to replace their tyres to cope with the harsh weather conditions.
Hamilton was the sole driver on the grid as the lights went out, but Mercedes quickly followed suit and directed their star to enter the pits.
Hamilton slid to the back of the group as a result of their defiance, leaving him with little to do but hope for a podium finish.
As he began to work his way back from 15th place, Hamilton displayed the spirit and tenacity of a champion.
Hamilton’s thrilling duel with Fernando Alonso saw the two go back and forth as the Spaniard attempted to stave off Hamilton’s advances.
The Brit finally finished third behind winner Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel, sealing a podium finish.
However, after the race, Hamilton stated unequivocally that Mercedes should have followed his instructions regarding pit stops.
“First and foremost, I’d want to congratulate Esteban, who has been a blazing star for a long time. It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m ecstatic for him. It’s also fantastic to see Aston Martin up there – this is their best performance ever, and I’m sure there’s more to come.
“Today was unquestionably difficult. We make things difficult for ourselves all the time.
“At the outset, it was absurd to think we were the only ones on the grid, but things happen. “In the end, I sacrificed everything I had, and I had nothing left.”
Hamilton was absolutely correct. At the end of the race, he was weary and did not appear to be himself as he ascended the podium.
When asked about the extraordinary occurrence in which Hamilton raced by himself, he replied, “Brinkwire Summary News.”