Mercedes AMG Petronas Technical Director James Allison believes Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas treated each other with a great deal of respect and trust.
Both Mercedes drivers finished behind title rivals Scuderia Ferrari, who achieved a one-two finished. Lewis Hamilton was given a chance by Mercedes to chase down Kimi Raikkonen in second, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas giving way for Hamilton to charge, with the promise of giving the place back if the Brit fails.
Hamilton failed to pass Raikkonen and handed the final podium position to Bottas on the last lap, with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen making a last charge for third. Bottas finished third and Hamilton fourth after seventy laps at the Hungaroring.
Formula 1 now enters the summer break with the teams shutting down for two weeks, but James Allison feels Mercedes would of preferred to enter the break with a one-two result, similar to Silverstone.
“We would have preferred to head into the summer break on the back of a result like the one we enjoyed in Silverstone, but in its own way this was a race that demonstrated many of the truly great things about this team.”
Allison believed both drivers dealt with the swap situation in a professional manner, despite Max Verstappen chasing down on them in the final stages of the race.
“For the drivers to treat each other with such a degree of respect, that they both could have a go at attacking the Ferraris but then reverse the positions under intense pressure, was both extremely challenging and required a great deal of trust. To do it in such a professional manner, with the looming threat of Verstappen running right behind Valtteri, was a great thing.”
Mercedes still lead the Constructors’ Championship ahead of Ferrari but Sebastian Vettel extends his lead to both Hamilton and Bottas in the Drivers’ standings. Allison looks forward after the summer break in continuing the battle with the Italian team for both championships.
“After a well-earned summer break, we will look forward to resuming the fight in this intense and intriguing championship, and all our focus will be on ensuring that, come the end of the season, the Mercedes flags are flying high.”