Lewis Hamilton, who started from pole position, cruised to victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday to extend his lead at the top of the drivers' standings to 24 points over Sebastian Vettel as Formula One goes into its four-week summer break.
From the start, with Hamilton in the lead, Vettel managed to pass Raikkonen for third, and as Hamilton made his single pit stop on lap 25 Vettel took the lead and ran for another 15 laps.
But the momentum of this dramatic title race has once again swung back the way of Hamilton going into the month-long season break - even though Ferrari have boasted the quicker package in recent races. The two Mercedes, Hamilton and Bottas lead the way.
"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". "Luckily, the auto wasn't broken and we could carry on".
Vettel had been hounding Bottas for several laps on fresh ultrasofts, with Bottas trying to make an unlikely one-stop strategy work having pitted early to switch to softs.
"We didn't have the position that we needed given our speed", Vettel said.
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"I don't believe there is ever a time when you think you have got your hand on the championship". Ferrari, as they expected, went for the more durable soft tyres for Vettel and made a decision to run long before their first stop and attack Hamilton at the end.
After crashing out of the lead of the German Grand Prix one week ago, Vettel missed out on a shot at victory in Hungary this weekend despite having the quickest vehicle in normal conditions.
Bottas did not take kindly to being branded "the flawless wingman" by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", said Hamilton. He took a grid penalty for impeding Carlos Sainz in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.
"So a lot can happen moving forwards, but what's really important is that we continue to keep up the pressure and keep working as we have done until now". But Stoffel Vandoorne had a power failure with about 20 laps to go leaving Birthday boy Alonso out on his own. "What matters to me is that we are constantly developing, and we are". We expected damage limitation, rather than taking the points. "It means I'm doing a good race!' Usually the blue flag is for me for the Ferrari or the Mercedes, so that was a pretty cool feeling!"
Asked if "wingman is what you have to accept, driving for Mercedes", he replied: "I think we need to speak after this race, we are over halfway of the year and the points gap is big, so for sure the team will decide at some point".