After crashing out of the lead of the German Grand Prix one week ago, Vettel missed out on a shot at victory in Hungary this weekend despite having the quickest vehicle in normal conditions. I think actually the first time that I saw blue flags for cars ahead of me, when I saw that, I was like 'fuck!
"I am happy to see that the auto is fast, it has worked well on every track so far, so I think this is the most important thing". I think without that it would have been a much more relaxed last part of the race, probably hunting down Lewis, but with the gap that he had, I think it would have been hard to catch - and then it's a completely different story, especially around here to overtake.
There is still plenty of work to do if he is to break that streak, even if Hamilton is well ahead of where he was this time previous year when he went into the August shutdown 14 points adrift of Vettel. Bottas was understandably upset in the heat of the moment but both driver and team boss quickly moved to play down the comment.
"We were out of position". "I want to come back stronger".
The lead of the title battle has gone back and forth between Hamilton and Vettel over the first 12 races of the season, meaning no one can tell who is favourite to come out on top.
Bottas has insisted this season - and last - that he is on an equal footing with Hamilton and disputed talk he is effectively the team's No. 2 driver.
"It is far too early".
"As we've seen this year the pendulum seems to swing once this side, once that side, and obviously if it's like this, consistency is the key - scoring points", he said.
"His tyres were getting worse and worse and I was quite confident I could get him".
"We need to apply more pressure in the second half". He got in front of Bottas who then ran into the back of Vettel damaging his front wing.
"We've got things to improve, we've got performance to bring moving forwards".
"I think we had very good speed but with what happened [in qualifying] and after the start we were [only] able to use our speed when we were catching up".
"There's nothing we really need to alter".
Hamilton maintained the lead from the start, and apart from a pit stop lead change to Vettel, Hamilton drover superbly to take his second win on the trot and cement his lead in the driver's title race as the F1 circus goes in to holiday mode for four weeks. But he acknowledged that the ease of the win had been somewhat against the tide.
"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", Hamilton said shortly after getting out of his vehicle.
The long straight up to turn one was Ferrari's best and - ultimately - only chance of overtaking Hamilton.
"Today I had them covered, but had they been on pole, we would have struggled." he admitted.