Max Verstappen started the Hungarian Grand Prix from P10 and ultimately won the race, ten seconds ahead of second-placed Lewis Hamilton. Furthermore, he even spun on the track and it did not prevent him from winning.
After the race Lewis said that Verstappen’s dominant performance clearly shows he has a superior car.
“If you look at Max’s race, he started 10th, spun, and still won the race. That says pretty much everything about his car,” Hamilton said.
Asked if he thinks a win for Mercedes is now possible, he said:
“I hope so. It’s what we are working towards. I think this weekend there was potential for a win. You saw George on pole.
“I think if we had both been up there we could have probably worked a bit better as a team. One of us would have been able to support each other strategy-wise.
“But I think if we are able to take this pace into the second half of the season, for sure, we can start to fight with the guys. This is the first time that we’ve been able to fight and battle with a Ferrari – that’s huge for us.
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“I think the Red Bulls probably still are ahead. The fact that Max started 10th, spun and still finished 10 seconds ahead says enough about their car but I think we still have made huge progress and huge steps.
“To have this consistency and two double podiums in the last two races, gives us great hope and a huge push for the second half.”
Lewis also said he believes he could have challenged Verstappen for the win, had his car not been affected by a DRS issue on Saturday, which prevented him from qualifying higher than P7.
“I would say probably going longer in that second stint, giving me the option to then go to the softer tyre at the end.
“That offset that I enabled myself to get, I think probably the race was lost with that first stint on the medium tyre. But the second and third part of the race was pretty epic.”
“If we had started where we should have started without the problem yesterday, I think we would have then been in a much better place to race Max today,” Hamilton concluded.