Mark Webber: “I think that Lewis is magical at Budapest”

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Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber says Lewis Hamilton has a history of winning races at the Hungaroring in “sub-par machinery”.

With the Hamilton/Verstappen rivalry being taken to a new level after their controversial collision at the British Grand Prix, Mark Webber was asked if he believed Formula 1 should step in if things get too out of hand.

“It’s brilliant, it’s exactly what we want,” said Webber of the rivalry.

“I think it was one of the best first laps we’ve seen in a long time. It’s been coming, they’ve had some brilliant wheel-to-wheel battles – Barcelona, Imola, Bahrain. We all knew this was coming. Bring on more of it.

“The sense of occasion at Silverstone was just extraordinary, it was one of the best grands prix I’ve been to in a long time. The fans, 120,000 there on race day. The two big boys on the front row.

“A brilliant first lap – they just missed each other in Turn 1 on the exit, wheel-to-wheel on the run to Brooklands, and the obviously Lewis had a go into Copse and it didn’t quite work out.”

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And when it comes to the next round of the championship, this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Webber believes Red Bull will still have the upper hand when it comes to machinery, but that might not be a problem for Lewis.

“I think that Lewis is magical at Budapest, he’s absolutely phenomenal at that track,” Mark said.

“I think the Red Bull will be strong at that track, so Max could have a bit of a Red Bull Ring sort of weekend – pole and then disappear. Lewis might not get a punch on him.

“But let’s see. As I said, Hamilton has won a lot of races at the Hungaroring in sub-par machinery. Races he had no right to win, but he did win.

“Hamilton is going to need to be at his best again. Verstappen is… you know, he’s a gladiator. That’s exactly what we expect of him. It’s going to be a good weekend.”

“The Australian also says that the clash at Silverstone will not be the last one we’ll see between the two this season.

“Every race is important now, and inevitably there will be some more carbon fibre between the pair of them going into the air,” he added.

“But happy days, that’s what we watch the sport for, two of the best duking it out,” concluded Webber.

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