Ross Brawn: “Lewis always looked to be a threat”

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Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn picked Fernando Alonso as his Hungarian Grand Prix Driver of the Day, but says his “other candidate” was Lewis Hamilton.

In his Formula1.com column Ross Brawn gave his comments on the big crash at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which was set in motion by Valtteri Bottas when he hit the back of Lando Norris’ McLaren.

“In fairness to both Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll, I think they had incidents in front which forced them into action and they simply couldn’t respond in time,” Brawn wrote.

“I don’t think it was a case of a massive misjudgement. It robbed us of something we were all looking forward to – Mercedes versus Red Bull.

“For Red Bull to have one and a half cars out of the race would have been pretty galling for them I imagine.

“Then we had the very unusual situation of Lewis being the only one to take the restart after the red flag.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before. But it set up a fascinating race, which had some magnificent action all the way through the field.

“Lewis always looked to be a threat, even starting from back. Overtaking is very challenging at this track, and the current cars are difficult to follow.

“But these are issues we are addressing, starting with the new rules next year.”


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Although Brawn’s Driver of the Day was Fernando Alonso, who managed to hold off Hamilton for several laps in the second half the race, he reveals his other candidate was Lewis himself.

“The other candidate for Driver of the Day was Lewis – it’s so easy with Lewis to just gloss over what he achieved. He came from last place to the podium on a track where you can’t overtake.

“He was very impressive today. He was able to avoid trouble at the first corner and didn’t let the issue of the restart – when he was the only one to line up on the grid – fluster him.

“He was remarkably quiet about it on the radio. I thought we might have heard more from him!

“Hamilton had to pull off a huge amount of overtakes as he fought his way back to the podium from the back of the field

“In Hungary, he was fighting every lap to get back to the front so I can see why he was fatigued. It’s a track where there’s no let up, you don’t get a breather.

“I wish him all the best with his recovery,” concluded Brawn.

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