Lewis Hamilton says he loved to race against “one of the hardest drivers – but fair” in Fernando Alonso, although the battle was “over on the limit”.
In the last stages of the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton had the pace to challenge for the win, but he eventually got stuck behind Fernando Alonso in a battle for P4.
Alonso was defending very hard for several laps, which ultimately cost Lewis valuable time and prevented him from winning the race.
During the battle Lewis called Alonso’s driving “dangerous”, but eventually managed to pass him. At the post-race press conference he was asked to describe the battle from his perspective.
“Now, looking back on it, it was amazing,” Hamilton said.
“It really, really was fantastic. I wish the cars could follow closer and excited for what the cars are like next year. Hopefully that eradicates a lot of that bad drafting that we have here.
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“But yeah, it’s a really difficult circuit to overtaken in general, and to follow particularly in that last sector but great, great wheel-to-wheel battles.
“It literally was wheel-to-wheel at least once and yeah… I don’t really have much more to say about it.
“When you’re racing against a two-time World Champion he probably is one of the hardest drivers – but fair. I’d say today was a little bit over on the limit.
Race winner Esteban Ocon interjected at this point saying: “He has to do that to keep you behind!”
To this Lewis replied: “Yeah, I totally get it and I would do the same for my team.”