THIS STORY APPEARS IN THE JULY 31 ISSUE OF MOTORSPORT ILLUSTRATED NEWS
Lewis Hamilton was adamant. With downbeat body language and speaking in a mumbled monotone, the Mercedes driver was decisive in his answer when asked after Friday practice at the Hungarian Grand Prix if he and his team had a chance of winning the tenth race of the Formula One season.
“We just don’t have the speed this weekend,” Hamilton shrugged, all but ruling himself out of contention for the top step of the podium at the Hungaroring.
What a difference 48 hours makes. Last Sunday, after a brilliantly opportunistic drive that married speed and subtlety in equal measure, Hamilton took his first win for Mercedes – and his latest victory at a track that he has made his own in his seven-year F1 career.
The Englishman’s fourth victory at the tight and twisty circuit on the outskirts of Budapest saw him equal the record for wins at the track with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, and was his third win from pole at the circuit, the only man to win from top spot on the grid since 2007.
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