F1 Correspondent & Presenter Lawrence Barretto says Mercedes’ performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix “raises hopes they could finally make this a three-way fight”.
“Lewis Hamilton’s wait for a first win in 2022 continues, but his and his Mercedes team’s performance in Hungary will have given him hope that that barren run will end after the summer break,” Barretto wrote.
“The seven-time world champion felt a front row start was possible had a DRS issue not struck on Saturday. But he made the best of the situation on Sunday, fighting through the field to finish second.
“It was his fifth successive podium – which is the longest active streak in F1 currently – and 11th rostrum in Hungary. He’s now just 12 points behind his team mate George Russell.”
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He then turned to Mercedes, who he listed as another winner in Hungary.
“That Mercedes led more laps on Sunday than they did in all other races combined this season just shows how much of a competitive improvement the Silver Arrows made in Hungary.
“The tight and twisty circuit layout was expected to suit them – but no one anticipated George Russell would secure his maiden F1 pole position and Mercedes’ first of the season.
“They still have some way to go to be on the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari, but this was the closest they have been all year, and raises hopes they could finally make this a three-way fight,” the Briton concluded.