Hamilton leads second-placed Vettel by 24 points after winning the past two races, and the German driver needs little reminding his British rival turned around a 14-point deficit at the same stage a year ago to take the title by 46.
The Mercedes driver easily won the Hungarian Grand Prix, beating Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel into second place. I just feel sad for Valtteri. This essentially handed Mercedes a 1-2 on the starting grid, with Valtteri Bottas alongside Hamilton.
"For instance, if I block him or corner him in, it gives the opportunity to the guys behind to pass him, so I tried not to make it too hard for him in that respect". "I'm really happy with how strong it's come in the last couple of races".
"For him [Bottas] there wasn't anywhere to go, I was ahead".
Bottas ran into the back of the Ferrari as he attempted to defend the position, but Vettel escaped without any damage to finish 17 seconds behind Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen third. Bottas was understandably upset in the heat of the moment but both driver and team boss quickly moved to play down the comment. Daniel Ricciardo started in 12th but clawed his way through the field to demonstrate the pace of the Red Bull.
"I think if you compare the stint on the soft to the other cars, obviously we were different fuel loads and mirrored strategy but was very good".
Hamilton won the grand prix to extend his lead in the championship to 24 points.
Raikkonen had pitted a lap earlier, falling to fifth behind Ricciardo, who had yet to stop.
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"We came here knowing that the Ferraris would be real quick this weekend", he said. "Stuff happens. Compared to previous 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, despite what happened with the DNFs".
"And we can't completely forget Red Bull". It was a serious dent to Vettel's title-winning chance as Lewis Hamilton took a sensational victory in Germany and retook the lead in driver's championship.
The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel may have been quickest during free practice, but the Italian powerhouses couldn't have had worse luck heading into the final qualifying session.
"Absolutely not. I think it's far too early and you've seen the ups and downs we've had from this year, you've been ahead by some points and behind some points", he said.
Riccardo survived not only that bump, but also a first-lap incident with Marcus Ericsson that saw the Australian drop to 16th at one point and endure a frustrating battle with Estaban Ocon - whom Ricciardo felt had gained an unfair advantage by cutting the chicane to overtake him initially. "Lucky that the vehicle wasn't broken and we could carry on".
"We couldn't have expected this..."
"I know what he meant".