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Sunday images from the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix

LH44 leads the way at F1 half time

Jul 302018

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team went packing for their summer holidays with a smile, as Lewis Hamilton made it two victories in a row to lead the Formula One drivers' championship.

Lewis, who started on pole at the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix, converted the front spot on the gird to win his 67th F1 GP. It was also his sixth victory at the Hungaroring in the 12 years making him the undisputed King of the 'Ring.

Lewis's victory means he now has a 24-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the title race after a gruelling schedule of five races in six weeks. He now plans to have some time off as F1 teams also get to enjoy their two-week summer shutdown before returning at the Belgian Grand Prix.

When asked about his plans for a summer holiday, Lewis said: "I'm going to meet my mum and my sister and niece and nephew and I'll spend the next four or five days with them. It's not too often I get to do family holidays so that's something I'm looking forward to.


"Then my best friend's got a stag so that's going to be interesting! Then my cousin's getting married so I'm sure there'll be some partying, I'm sure there will be some relaxing too but most importantly I think it's about re-energizing yourself, but the way I do that is with activities, so I will be trying to be active. I probably will travel a bit too because I like travelling, while I can, until I'm anchored down."


It has been an emotional rollercoaster too for Lewis, especially after his impressive win in Germany the previous weekend. Those victories have resulted in a considerable swing in the championship, given he was seven points behind Vettel after the British Grand Prix.

"I really could only have dreamed that we would be in the position that we are in right now, considering all factors and based on our pure performance.


"I am really happy, going into the break, particularly with back-to-back wins. I think that boost will last a long time for our team and it's encouraging for everyone, so I'm excited for the break."


While Lewis was revelling in his victory, his Silver Arrows teammate Valtteri Bottas was again reflecting on some missed points. Valtteri has been desperately unlucky this season and suffered more woe when his tyres deteriorated late on and he came home in fifth place. He too is now looking forward to some time off and pressing the reset button before Spa.

Valtteri said:

"It's a shame that I ended up in P5; we wanted more today and it would have been great to go into the summer break with a one-two finish. I was trying everything I could but the stint on the soft tyres was just too long.


"Towards the end of the race, I had an incident with Sebastian going into Turn Two - he was on the outside, I still had my nose inside. He turned in early, there was nowhere to go for me, so we touched and I had damage to my front wing. For me it was a racing incident - and so was the incident with Daniel.


"Again, I was on the inside, he was on the outside. Half of my front wing was missing at that time, I was locking up, and we touched. Now I'm looking forward to the next weeks, a bit of a break will be good, and then I want to come back stronger."


The action resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix on the 26th of August.