Lewis Hamilton explains ‘crazy’ Mercedes mixing after chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix scenes | F1 | sports
Lewis Hamilton explained how a series of “crazy” events made him become the only driver on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix, a race that will now live long in the memory. The seven-time world champion’s race plunged into chaos after teammate Valtteri Bottas caused a crash on the opening lap but that only tells half the story.
A red flag forced all the cars back into the pits and during the resulting formation cycle, the sky opened.
All drivers decided to return to the pits for a second time to change their tires to adapt to the adverse weather conditions – except for leader Hamilton.
When the lights were out, Hamilton was the only driver on the grid but Mercedes quickly followed suit and gave their star to enter the pits.
Their resistance was punished when Hamilton slipped to the back of the pack, leaving himself with whatever he was doing to ensure a podium finish.
Hamilton showed the heart and determination of a champion to get things back again as he started climbing from 15th.
His charming battle with Fernando Alonso saw the duo return and fourth place as the Spaniard tried to block Hamilton’s lead.
Ultimately, the Briton managed to secure the podium, finishing third behind winner Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel.
However, Hamilton was clear after the race that he felt Mercedes had to listen to his instructions about getting back to the digs.
“First of all I would like to congratulate Esteban, he’s been a superstar for a long time now. It’s been a long time and I’m really happy for him. It’s also great to see Aston Martin there – their best result so far, and I know there’s more to come.
“It was definitely a tough day today. We always make it hard for ourselves.
“It was crazy to think we were the only ones on the grid at first but these things happen. I gave it all up in the end, and I had nothing left.”
Hamilton was right. He cut out an exhausted figure at the end of the race and didn’t look at himself as he climbed the podium.
When asked about the astonishing crash that marked Hamilton’s race alone, he added: “I mean I was telling the team how he thought the track was a lap.
“But they said the rain was coming when I got in the car so I thought they had other information. I saw everyone snorkeling.
“We came here this weekend and definitely didn’t know how it would go.
“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it.”