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Hamilton: I know I'm better than Vettel

Hamilton: I know I'm better than Vettel

Lap 69: After Bottas is instructed to give back fourth place to Ricciardo, the Red Bull passes the Finn for fourth.

Bottas, who was on much older and harder tyres than Vettel, held off the Ferrari until lap 66 when his the Mercedes' rubber finally ran out of grip and left him vulnerable at Turn 2.

The Mercedes had looked to be a hard auto to drive during all of Friday and Saturday's practice running, with both Hamilton and Bottas spinning at the Turn 6 chicane in FP3.

They were counting their blessings again on Saturday when the heavens opened at the Hungaroring, world champion Hamilton snatching pole with a final flying lap of one minute, 35.658 seconds.

Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly secured impressive fifth and sixth spots on the grid respectively, while Max Verstappen was only seventh-fastest and Daniel Ricciardo 12th on a gloomy day for Red Bull, who had been tipped to shine in Hungary.

As Ferrari became more cautious, Mercedes stepped it up.

He crashed when leading in Hockenheimring and allowed Lewis Hamilton to take the win and the lead in the standings. Mercedes now holds a ten point lead in the constructors' championship. McLaren managed to salvage four points from an otherwise disappointing weekend after Fernando Alonso went long on his first stint and benefitted from an overcut compared to the cars around him.

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Sadly for the under-pressure Vandoorne, after his best race for some time, the Belgian's gearbox broke with 19 laps to go and he had to retire.

Mercedes were better on the wet track, no longer struggling for grip, and Valtteri Bottas was able to come in second behind his teammate and world championship leader, 0.260 seconds behind to be exact. It follows his victory in Germany and hands him a major advantage in the title fight.

How did Hamilton and Mercedes do it?

. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third, no mean feat given he had to complete the race - which took place at 33c - with his drink bottle disconnected and thus unable to take on any fluid.

Hamilton pitted from ultra-softs to softs on lap 25, coming out 13.6s behind Vettel who continued on his original set of softs.

Hamilton leads off the line from Valtteri Bottas. His pace was good, equal to Hamilton's pace on new tyres, but he then hit traffic and Bottas started to emerge in his pit window. Secondly, for driving serenely all afternoon - getting away well from the grid, opening up a lead that put him beyond DRS attack, and then consistently plugging away lap after lap.

Lap 16: As Hamilton sets another fastest lap to move eight seconds clear of Vettel, Bottas pits to cover off Raikkonen and returns to the track ahead of the Ferrari.