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Lewis Hamilton seeking extra ounce of pace in Budapest

31 July 2017

Kimi Raikkonen will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from the outside of the front row but felt he could have secured pole position if not for a mistake at the chicane on his fastest lap. It has also confirmed a one-two for Ferrari, since his teammate Kimi Raikkonen was his closest pursuer, accusing a delay of about a second.

"I'm over the moon".

"I'm over the moon, that was a really hard race", said the victor, who had to wrestle with a skewed steering wheel on a sweltering afternoon at the Hungaroring and had no room for error.

Vettel explained that the steering wheel had started to go sideways from early on, forcing him to focus on keeping the vehicle steady.

"My thought process was: 'If he lets me by and I can't pull away from him then I will just let him back.' But I had a lot more pace".

"Grazie! Forza Ferrari!" a jubilant Vettel shouted on the team radio after crossing the line for his fourth win of the season.

Vettel just about managed to hold off his Finnish cohort but began to complain about steering issues. Championship rivals Mercedes enjoyed a triumphant weekend at the British Grand Prix with home hero Lewis Hamilton leading team-mate Valtteri Bottas home.

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Earlier, Bottas had let Hamilton past in order to attack the Ferraris. Vettel was only 1.9 seconds ahead of Raikkonen when he reported that his steering wheel was slightly out of place at the start of the 26th lap. And the two Red Bull men got a little too boisterous.

Red Bull's Max verstappen finished fifth and will start the race on Sunday, July 30, from the third row along with teammate Daniel Ricciardo. "The auto has been incredible today and I love this track".

Verstappen was the perpetrator - swerving into his teammate when going wide on the exit from a turn.

"I don't think I'll ever get back those three points", he said. He now comes to a place where he has won five times, including the 2016 race.

"That was amateur to say the least", Ricciardo told broadcaster Sky Sports afterward. Vetrstappen's pace late on suggested Red Bull would have been a threat late on if both cars had been running and he hadn't earned himself a 10-second penalty (he finished 13 seconds off the lead.).

McLaren watch: Alonso's drive capped McLaren's most successful race of the season so far, with Stoffel Vandoorne scoring his first point of the season in tenth.

Sahara Force India registered yet another double point finish after Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon claimed a creditable eighth and ninth positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix here.

Lewis Hamilton seeking extra ounce of pace in Budapest