Budapest, Aug. 5 – The Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who last year equaled the five crowns of Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio, achieved his eighth victory of the year in Hungary on Sunday – where he extended his own record of wins to seven – and He will leave on vacation pointing to his sixth World Formula One title.
Despite finishing ninth two Sundays the worst weekend of the Mercedes course, Hamilton increased his own historical record of ‘poles’ in F1 to 87 in Germany. Category in which, after winning for the seventh time in the Hungaroring -where he signed, in 2013, his first success with his current team-, he placed ten of the absolute record of triumphs (91) of the German Michael Schumacher, whose seven titles He could match next year, if he maintains, as is his intention – as he told EFE in Hungary – his triumphant streak.
Hamilton, 34, who was not disturbed by the ‘pole’ achieved on Saturday by the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), great animator of a championship in which Mercedes also points to a sixth World (followed) builders, He leads the championship with 250 points, 62 more than his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas – winner in Australia and Azerbaijan – and with 69 over Verstappen, who has scored the only two tests that stopped winning the ‘silver arrows’: in Austria and in Germany.
The German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – who will turn a year without winning a race when the championship resumes, next September 1, with the Belgian Grand Prix, in Spa-Francorchamps – was third in the circuit outside Budapest ; where the Spaniard Carlos Sainz (McLaren) finished fifth and repeated the best place of the year, achieved seven days earlier in Hockenheim.
The talented Madrid driver was confirmed as the best among the rest (‘the best fo the rest’, in English) and is seventh overall, with 58 points, leading the ‘other World Cup’: figurative classification reserved for those who do not They play in the three teams with options to the podium in the current F1.
The results of Sainz have reaffirmed in the fourth place of the World of builders to his team, McLaren; and Spanish is undoubtedly one of the highlights of 2019.
But the undisputed great figure of the queen category is the spectacular and eccentric Stevenage champion, who in his encounter with the media that took place hours after the race in Mercedes ‘motorhome’ at the Hungaroring explained to Efe how he feels, knowing that, even if he retires today, his figure will be remembered forever.
“Obviously I see everything different now with 34 than when I was 22. But it was a long trip, I was telling my people now, remembering that here we achieved together (in Mercedes) our first victory, in 2013,” said Hamilton, again participating in his successes to his team, which designed a great strategy in the Hungaroring. A team to which, as soon as he won, he claimed to take off “the hat, something that Niki (Lauda) would have done if he were here,” said the Briton, referring to the triple Austrian world champion and F1 myth, who died recently.
“Most of the people who are now were already here when I joined the team; and this long journey that we are doing together has been outstanding; so I want to continue experimenting and see how many more things we can continue to achieve together,” he said. Efe Hamilton after shining again in Hungary.
“I don’t know why people retire when they retire; but that, for the moment, does not go through my head and one thing I have very clear: I love driving,” said the World Cup leader.
“I don’t like training; I don’t care about weekends; but I never liked the tests, I have to admit that. Although I really love the challenge of facing every race weekend looking at the data and everything that; try, as in the latter in Budapest, to improve things with respect to the previous one (in Germany, where it could not go from ninth place); encouraging each other, “he replied to Efe Hamilton.
“Right now I feel fantastic, in a great state of shape; and this year is being great,” said the Englishman, who before winning in Hungary he did this year in Bahrain, China, Spain, Monaco, Canada, France and before his hobby, in Silverstone (England).
“But we still have many things to get together yet: there are many things to gain, many things to do and many to achieve. Inside and outside the car; in and out of this sport,” the five-time world champion explained to Efe, who He admitted to being happy with the eight wins he has this year, before stating that “there are eight out of twelve races; and surely we have been able to do much more in the four that we didn’t win.”
Hamilton, a true sports super-predator, demonstrated once again, in a circuit where it is almost impossible to overtake, which is insatiable. And in the nine races that remain for a World Cup of 21 that will close on December 1 in Abu Dhabi, it does not seem that he will settle for going just to try to ‘tie’ his sixth World Cup.