Lewis Hamilton explained how a series of “crazy” events saw him become the only driver on the Hungarian Grand Prix grid, a race that will long be remembered for a long time. The seven-time world champion’s race turned into chaos after teammate Valtteri Bottas crashed on the first lap, but that only tells half the story.
All the drivers decided to return to the pits a second time to change their tires in order to cope with the inclement weather conditions – with the exception of leader Hamilton.
As the lights went out, Hamilton was the only driver on the grid, but a lap later Mercedes quickly followed suit and asked their star to enter the pits.
Their resistance was punished as Hamilton slipped to the back of the field, leaving everything to do to secure a podium.
Hamilton showed the heart and determination of a champion to pick things up as he started to climb from 15th place.
The Briton eventually managed to secure a podium, securing third place behind winner Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel.
Still, Hamilton was clear after the race that he believed Mercedes should have listened to his instructions regarding the return to the pits.
“First of all I want to congratulate Esteban, he’s been a shining star for so long now. It’s been a long time coming and I’m really happy for it. It’s also great to see Aston Martin up there – their best result so far, and I know there is more to come.
“It was crazy to think that we were the only ones on the grid at the start but these things happen. I gave everything at the end, I had nothing left. “
Hamilton was right. He put on an exhausted figure at the end of the race and didn’t look at himself as he stepped onto the podium.
Asked about the incredible incident that saw Hamilton run alone, he added, “I mean, I was telling the team how the track was viewed as the lap.
“But they said it was going to rain when I got in the car, so I thought they had other information. I saw everyone dive.
“We came here this weekend and we certainly didn’t know how it was going to turn out.
“Given the circumstances, I will take it. “