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Budapest, Sunday– Ross: “Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend”

Budapest, Sunday– Ross: “Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend”

Lewis achieved his 22nd career victory and his first as a Silver Arrows driver at the Hungaroring this afternoon.

Lewis' win was the 13th Formula One win for a Silver Arrow and the third victory in five races for the team. Lewis' fourth win at the Hungaroring also took the tally of wins for Mercedes-Benz F1 engines to 99.

Lewis completed three pit stops on laps 9, 31 and 50, running option/prime/prime/prime. Nico tangled with Felipe Massa in turn 5 on lap one and dropped to P12.
He also made three stops but retired with an engine failure on lap 65. Lewis' victory strengthened the team's second position in the Constructors' Championship at the season's halfway point.

For Ross, “we went into this race not really knowing where we stood in terms of tyre performance and behaviour but as the race unfolded, it became clear that we were able to stay competitive with both cars and drivers.

Lewis drove an absolutely perfect race and didn't put a foot wrong all afternoon. He was able to race aggressively and keep the tyres alive to make our strategy work. Nico was unfortunate to get tangled up with Massa on the first lap and then suffered an engine failure, which was a little worrying in the closing laps as we hadn't seen any signs of overheating.

Overall, this has been a very encouraging weekend. In extremely hot conditions, we maintained our Saturday afternoon competitiveness on Sunday afternoon and it certainly feels like we have made a good step forward today.

Now we need to get our heads down before the well-deserved two-week shutdown so that we arrive in Spa as well prepared as we possibly can.”
“What an outstanding drive from Lewis this afternoon” said Toto. “He got a clean getaway and then executed the race strategy perfectly, including some really strong and aggressive overtaking moves when he needed to.

He did a great job, just like the team with six clean pit stops for our drivers and the right race strategy. Nico lost positions on the first lap tangling with Felipe and then was making up places when his engine failed near the end of the race. That gave us a nervous few closing laps but we were able to bring Lewis' car home safely.

We came into this weekend with a lot of discussion over how the new tyres would affect us. We did our homework in practice, found the right set-up and managed to take a good step forward this afternoon with how we managed the tyres in race conditions.

It is only halfway through the season and our rivals have been consistently competitive while we have experienced some ups and downs in the first ten races. Our target for the second half of the year must be to consolidate our performance and deliver this kind of speed consistently.

We are still the underdogs right now but we are on an upward trend and we will keep working hard. Thank you to everyone at our factories back in Brackley and Brixworth for their hard work and enjoy a well-deserved summer break.

Congratulations as well to our customer sport team-mates who took victory for Mercedes-Benz in the Spa 24 Hours. It's been a good day for the three-pointed star!”

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