Lewis Hamilton hopes swap doesn't cost him title

Lewis Hamilton hopes swap doesn't cost him title”

"We have solved the problems - and this is what I take positive from the day: that we have become much closer to Ferrari on this type of circuit". But barely an hour after the chequered flag had fallen and the Mercedes driver appeared to be, if not quite having second thoughts about his generosity, in a quandary about his self-denial.

"The temperatures are expected to rise [on Saturday], which means that we really need to get the rear end of the car more stable". "We know that our resistance against small objects has stepped up".

The Brit obeyed team orders to allow his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to clinch third place in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Drivers remain divided over the move.

The halo design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver's helmet in the front half of the cockpit, protecting against debris without completely closing the cockpit.

However, Vettel managed to stay clear of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to top the podium on his 50th start for the Italian constructor, despite the Finn repeatedly hinting over team radio he felt he should have been let through due to his superior pace.

"It's more a decision from the heart, probably". They also analyzed real-life accidents, including those with fatalities. When the season resumes at Spa next month, 225 points will still be on the table to play for.

He added: "We have some work to do".

Other safety devices were considered before the halo was approved by the FIA last week.

Don't miss the F1 Report on Wednesday at 8.30pm on Sky F1 as Formula 2 driver Jordan King and Marc Priestley join Natalie Pinkham to review the Hungarian GP. The risk of neither Mercedes car finishing third if Hamilton slowed down was considerable. Alonso still finished 71 seconds down on the race winner but it the boost the team needed going into the summer.

It resulted in the maiden first-lap retirement of the Australian's F1 career, with Verstappen - who he deemed a "f****** sore loser" over team radio - handed a 10-second penalty by the race stewards for causing a collision.

Wilson died in August 2015, a day after being hit on the helmet by debris from another car at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

"We believe (the halo) would have changed dramatically the outcome of the accident", Mekies said. "We can't turn back the clock", the German driver said. "It should be interesting".

"It cost us three points and could cost us the championship and we are perfectly conscious of that".

"Times are changing and moving forward", Vettel said.

Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso is also in favor.

"If we could go back in time and save lives we would all be happy", the Spanish driver said. Bottas lost a second giving up his position, setting a 1:24.403 on Lap 46, but then only recorded laps of 1:21.832 and 1:22.00 as Hamilton surged away. "I want to win the championship the right way". At the very least, the radio failure and wasted tyre life could have offered Mercedes an excuse, valid or otherwise, not to swap back their drivers on Lap 70.

Magnussen took a sarcastic tone.

"F1 cars aren't meant to be ugly".

Mercedes insist otherwise. "These are the values that helped us win six F1 Championships and, in the long term, will win us many more", argued Wolff.

"If you have a good getaway, the straight line is 600-700m, there is an overtaking opportunity". Was it possible to detect sheepishness from Bottas when he thanked his team-mate afterwards?

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