Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton were just about neck and neck on the F1 points table with Vettel having just a one point lead heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday. F1 fans were expecting another closely contested race between the two but it was Vettel who put in a great performance to secure the win for team Ferrari.
Ferrari Take One and Two Spots
Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Botas allowed the British driver to get ahead with 25 laps left Hungaroring to give Hamilton a chance to overtake Vettel and finish first. Hamilton was unable to overtake Vettel and take the lead on the track or on the points table. Vettel finished in first place and if Hamilton finished in second place the point difference between the two would have increased to 11 points. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen also had a chance to finish in first place but Ferrari did not allow Raikkonen to pass Vettel and as a result Raikkonen took the second place.
Hamilton decided on the final lap that he was going to return the favor to his teammate Valtteri Botas and allow him to finish ahead of him. The move was cheered by the crowd as Botas was 7 seconds behind Hamilton and Max Verstappen from the Red Bull team was not very far behind. Botas overtook Hamilton and finished the race in third place, which means that Hamilton is now 14 points behind Vettel.
Hamilton Listens to His Heart
The move to allow Botas to pass was very unselfish as Hamilton knows the point different has widened and could end up costing him a title in 2017. The Brit is considered to be the second best F1 driver in history after Germany’s Michael Schumacher in terms of wins. After the race, Hamilton stated that he wanted to win but he wanted to win right and though his head told him to go ahead and finish, he followed his right as it was the right thing to do.
Hamilton said that he and Valtteri were good team mates and had a lot of respect for each other. His unselfishness received a lot of praise from F1 fans who took to social media to heap praise on Hamilton.
Tom Wolff, the executive director for Mercedes also appreciated Hamilton for his unselfishness and said that although they wanted to win as a team, they wanted to stand by their values and win in the right fashion.