Priestley says Hamilton ‘re-stamped his authority’ in Hungary

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Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley says the Hungarian Grand Prix was “quite an important day for Lewis Hamilton”.

Mercedes’ recent performances and strong reliability have put the team within 30 points of second-placed Ferrari in the 2022 Constructors’ Championship.

Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley thinks Mercedes can finish the season in second place.

“If Mercedes can continue this form, there’s a possibility they could actually take second place in the Constructors’ Championship”, Priestley said on BBC’s Chequered Flag podcast.

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However, the Briton also says the race was very important for Lewis Hamilton, who went from P7 to P2, after a spectacular drive.

“I think it was quite an important day for Lewis Hamilton to sort of re-stamp his authority after all the hype that surrounded George Russell.

“Of course, that’s great for the team, it’s great for George, but if you’re Lewis Hamilton, you just want to get your elbows out a little bit and say ‘hang on a minute, I’m still the man, I’m still here’,” he concluded.

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