F1: Daniel Ricciardo gives finger to Valtteri Bottas at Hungarian GP

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Due to the threat of the Ferraris Bottas was brought in for his pit-stop early, meaning he spent the second half of the race holding off Hamilton's main title rival Sebastian Vettel. Given that their auto has been the better of the two this season, Vettel could have expected to be in front at this stage but in the opening 12 races he has made four mistakes that have cost him points.

Hamilton was setting impressive lap times at the front, pulling a 6.5-second gap to Bottas behind him in 14 laps.

Ferrari had opted to split strategies between its two drivers, with Vettel starting the race on soft tyres while Raikkonen, like the rest of the front runners, started on a pair of ultrasofts.

Bottas dropped from second to fifth in the final laps after clumsy collisions with both Vettel and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Now, he is almost a clear win adrift of Hamilton in their private battle to become the first driver of their generation to win a fifth world championship.

He said: "We lost out and we came out behind, that didn't help".

"And he would have said the same about Lewis if he'd be in same situation and had a similar race". Bottas, on the inside, went straight on and into the back of Vettel.

The Ferrari driver emerged behind Bottas, and it looked set to finish that way before Vettel took second by driving round the outside of the Finn at the first turn with five laps to go.

"The second half of the season is always intense, but it is usually when it gets a bit better on our side", he said, referring to his Mercedes team, in the aftermath of their polished triumph at the Hungaroring.

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"We came here knowing that the Ferrari would be really quick this weekend", said Hamilton.

"It's nice to get some water in the mouth sometimes, a drink every now and then".

But the momentum of this dramatic title race has once again swung back the way of Hamilton going into the month-long season break - even though Ferrari have boasted the quicker package in recent races.

Earlier in the season, a mechanic's leg was broken by the Finnish driver's auto following an unsafe pit release at the Bahrain GP.

"At a track where overtaking in the race is always hard, we managed to finish higher up the order than we started, thanks to the efforts of the entire team and a great performance from both drivers", said Arrivabene.

"Still 20 laps from the end everything was feeling OK, I had good control of the pace and my position".

Bottas' race unravelled after Vettel attempted to pass. "I think that boost will last a long time for our team and it's encouraging for everyone so I'm excited for the break". All good. We'll keep pushing!

On Sunday, Ferrari botched the pit stops of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after struggling to fit a tire quickly enough.

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