Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

Lewis Hamilton promises to 'turn up the heat' after summer break

Though Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) are in third and fourth position, respectively, it will be hard for them to pose a challenge against Hamilton and Vettel, considering the blistering pace of latter two and also the gap in the points table.

With this win, Hamilton has extended his lead over Vettel in the World Drivers' Championship to 24 points.

Vettel ran 15 laps longer than Hamilton, and had put in a number of speedy laps to leapfrog Bottas, only to lose two seconds with a slow-fitting tyre.

By lap 45, Hamilton led Bottas by 10 seconds with Vettel a further three seconds adrift and making little impact, despite fresher tyres.

Vettel started on the softs and went for a longer first stint than Mercedes, anxious by Ferrari's quick getaways, which opted for ultrasofts that were quicker at the start but faded more rapidly.

Vettel recovered from fourth to second, but following Hamilton's fifth win of the campaign - and the Briton traditionally at his peerless best in the second half of the year - he could be excused for feeling he has at least one finger on his fourth title in five years. 'Our bosses stopped reading what Christian Horner is saying about us since 2015, ' said the Frenchman. In his other two championship-winning years with Mercedes, 2015 and 2017, he took five wins from six races immediately after Hungary and was hopeful of similar this year.

But thanks to his exquisite driving, and mistakes by Vettel and his team, the situation has turned back in favor of Mercedes.


The Finnish driver was nursing an injured vehicle after clashing with second-place finisher Sebastian Vettel just a handful of laps prior. Bottas, however, braked too late and came close to Vettel making contact and clipping the front wing on the Ferrari and damaging the W09 too.

"It was good we were faster and could pull a gap to Valtteri", Vettel said. The season resumes in Belgium on August 26.

"I guess with the damage he went in pretty hot". We had to pit early to cover Kimi (Raikkonen).

"I think Lewis had a lot in hand", Vettel said. "My best friend has got a stag do during the summer break, so that is going to be interesting, too!" If Ferrari had executed a clean pit stop he would have emerged ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the final stint and may have been able to chase down Hamilton in the lead.

Ferrari pitted Raikkonen for a second tire change on lap 39, and Vettel finally came in the next lap. "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". "Obviously P2 is not what we really wanted this weekend but I think it's the maximum we could get today".

The second half of the season has been good for Hamilton in the past, with the Briton coming back strongly previous year to clinch his fourth title.

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