Lewis Hamilton: “To both finish ahead of the Ferraris is huge for us”

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After a fantastic P2 and P3 for Mercedes at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says “it’s a great feeling” for the team “to see the progress we’ve started to make”.

Lewis Hamilton went from P7 to P2 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but he believes things could have been even better had he not started the race on medium tyres.

“I would say probably going longer in that second stint, giving me the option to then go to the softer tire at the end,” the Briton explained.

“That offset that I enabled myself to get… I think, probably, the race was lost with that first stint on the medium tire, but the second and third part of the race was pretty epic.

“We would definitely have been closer to Max, I would have thought , but who knows — maybe I wouldn’t have been able to go the same distance on those tires. Who knows?

“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.”

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Lewis then went on to explain how much the result means for the team.

“It’s hugely satisfying. It’s a great feeling for us, given the year we’ve had and to see the progress we’ve started to make.

“Getting the second place was huge for us last week and this is now already two races in a row that George and I have shared a podium, which is fantastic for the team, points-wise.

“To both finish ahead of the Ferraris is huge for us given the pace that they’ve had and for me, obviously, starting the race in seventh and getting up here is a great recovery.

“I think given the troubles we’ve had this weekend it shows we’ve got really great race pace,” Hamilton concluded.

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