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Hungarian Grand Prix: Victory a first step, turning point for Hamilton

“I really wasn't expecting it. Our long runs didn't look that great in FP2, but I got the balance spot on today with the front wing and, if we can be quick here - in a race with these track temperatures - then I'm very hopeful that we can be competitive everywhere else. This could be a really good turning point for us.”

Having seen a potential victory on home soil lost to tyre failure while leading – 'you can't really make up for Silverstone' – Hamilton admitted that it was 'a great feeling' to finally get his first win for Mercedes at the tenth attempt, particularly in the circumstances presented by the mid-European weather.

“I've been on pole position for the last three races, so it's good to finally not lose position and just stay and be able to hold it, maintain position throughout the race,” he commented, “It's a good feeling.

“I came here saying - and praying - that when we put these tyres on that they would come towards us more than away from us, and it seems like they've done that. It was 52, 55 degrees track temperatures today, one of the hottest races I think I can remember doing and, for a team that really struggles with tyre degradation, today was a walk in the park. I'm really baffled...

“I used all the techniques I could possibly use to look after the tyres - which I'm sure everyone is doing - but it worked today. I really, really hope that, when we go to the next race, that we're able to do the same....”




Tagged as: Lewis Hamilton , Mercedes , win , Pirelli , tyres

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FW14

July 29, 2013 11:20 AM

If the Silver Arrows have made a break through with their tire situation then we may see something we have not seen before Lewis and Vettel in similar performing cars something true f1 and non hating fans want to see.

Firestorm

July 29, 2013 12:04 PM

Everyone which thinks that Lewis isn't great must rethink their opinions now. I am not saying this because he just won this race. He was just exeptional. He too(as Vettel) emerged behind Button after his first stop but cleared him in just one lap and cleared Webber after his final stop when he could have just waited for Webber to pit after a few laps. Wait...is not in Lewis vocabolury. Great, impetous, stunning driver...



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