Cape Town - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton insists recent comments made by former team-mate Nico Rosberg in his blog have "no influence" on his life. After crashing out in Germany, an accident which provoked a furious reaction from Wolff, and his disappointing show in Budapest, Bottas has done little to help his cause, but Hamilton enjoys having the unassuming Finn as his team-mate and that will play a significant role in Wolff's thought process.
The 34-year-old defending five-time world champion started third on the grid in his Mercedes and, after stalking the 21-year-old Dutch tyro for most of a fascinating tactical contest swept into the lead on lap 67 of a stirring 70-lap contest. Yet, how many drivers could have performed how Hamilton did after his surprise second stop, eliminating a 21-second lead and then passing Verstappen for a famous victory with laps in his pocket?
I wasn't sure if I could close the 19-second gap, but the team said to just get your head down, so I did.
Big congrats to Lewis Hamilton for his 7th Hungarian Grand Prix win!
Bottas, who gets on well with Hamilton and the team, will be hoping he can celebrate his 30th birthday at the end of the month with another vote of confidence. Red Bull's Pierre Gasly continued his poor form dropping down to 9th place.
Formula One will return after a 3-week summer break. He won two of the season's first four races, and he entered the season's sixth race having not finished outside of the top two. Verstappen took home an extra point for clocking the race's fastest lap, along with the consolation prize that was the Driver of the Day poll victory.
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Hamilton and Verstappen will have some time to put their feet up and consider their new rivalry.
It was over a minute gap between Hamilton in first and Vettel in third, with the Hungaroring not being a track that suits the style of Ferrari's auto.
"Max Verstappen was given the environment at Toro Rosso to learn, and to make mistakes, and even at Red Bull was given the room to make mistakes", Wolff said. As Leclerc wove back across the track, the overtake almost complete, he tapped Bottas' front wing, causing just enough damage to cripple the Finn's vehicle.
In the constructors' championship, Mercedes has 438 points with Ferrari on 288 and Red Bull 244.
While Bottas still finds himself in second place in the standings, he has slipped 62 points behind his teammate, and a string of less than desirable performances has seen a seat placed at Mercedes' table for rising star Esteban Ocon.
Interestingly, however, the door could be open for Australian Daniel Ricciardo to join the German racing giant's ranks due to a reported contract clause that would allow him to break ties with Renault if Merecdes or Ferrari come knocking.
Here, PA looks at five things we learned from Sunday's eventful race at the Hungaroring.