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Lewis Hamilton - Explains Reasons Behind Driver Switch In The Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton -  Explains Reasons Behind  Driver Switch In The Hungarian GP
31/07/2017

Lewis Hamilton had earlier Begged to be let past Bottas in other to attack the Ferrari team, who were currently leading the race, and also planning to capitalize on the Steering issues race leader Sebastian Vettel had. The request was granted in lap 46 with Hamilton promising he would let his team make back in his position, if he is unable to get past Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton was unable to get past the Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen due to a narrow Hungarian Circuit and according to his promise had to let his team mate back in his position with out been overtaken by Max Verstappen. 


The British driver saw it as an obligation to keep after such a family our had been awarded him
"Valtteri and I have a great amount of respect for one another," he said. "Just as the team asked him to do a job and he did it, the same thing came my way. The same rule applies to me. I did it for the team."


After the race, Hamilton said he had let his head rule his heart when making the decision to switch back on the final corner. His motivation for initially asking Mercedes to let him past Bottas was because he believed he had the better chance of winning the race.

The Mercedes driver said after the race, he had let his heart rule his head when making the decision to switch back to his initial position. He said his motivation for initially asking Mercedes to let him past Bottas was because he believed he had the better chance of winning the race.

"My thought process in that I'm faster than the guy, I think I can have a chance of winning this race, let me go. Give me that chance otherwise we are just wasting potential points for the team. In my mind I'm like if I can't pull away, I just go into reverse. I think if I had kept my positions -- I think there were reasons to -- with the risk of the backmarkers and risked letting him back through too late, which is unnecessary when you are fighting for a championship.

"He was seven seconds behind, he had the Red Bull behind him and I had backmarkers around me so it was a little risky but I tried to wait it out and balance it."
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