• IN WORDS: Lewis & Valtteri's Hungary Debrief

Lewis and Valtteri run through the events of a dramatic Hungarian GP weekend...

'It's been a blessing in disguise'

Lewis' unexpected victory in Germany has now been followed up by an equally surprising win in Hungary, with the four-time World Champion admitting he didn't know what was going to happen at the Hungaroring as he lined up for the race start.

"At the beginning of the race, I didn't know what to expect," he said. "I was on pole and pulled away, Sebastian was on the Soft tyre and I knew I wasn't in a comfortable position by any means.

"I had to make my strategy work. I was really proud of what I was able to do on the UltraSofts, making them go as long as they did.

"At the beginning of the Soft running, it didn't feel great and the balance was a little bit off. I was able to counteract it with some control settings, car balance-wise, diff-wise, brake balance-wise and just the way I was driving to lean on the front and get the balance back.

"After that, it was good. Valtteri was a sitting duck in the end but did a great job until then. The last two weekends have been a blessing in disguise.

"I'm very, very grateful and the guys really deserve the great results. We had work to do because Ferrari is still slightly ahead pace-wise, but I think I had them covered in the race."

'I thought a one-stop would be possible'

Valtteri's remarkable final stint proved to be a little bit too long and his tyres gave up in the closing stages, forcing him to defend heavily from other cars.

Sadly, his defence resulted in contact with both Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, dropping him to fifth place.

"My stint was way too long," the Finn explained. "Sebastian was getting closer and got a good run on me out of Turn 1.

"He was on the outside, my nose was still on the inside, he turned in early and there was nowhere for me to go.

"I broke my front wing after that and was trying to keep fighting, but in the end it wasn't possible. Daniel was close and I only had half a front wing. I tried to defend, he still turned into the corner even though I had locked up and we touched.

"There was no performance left in the tyres, we thought a one-stop would be possible but in reality, it wasn't."

'Re-energising is most important'

Formula One now heads off for its annual summer break, but how are Lewis and Valtteri going to be spending their time off?

"I'm not really the lay down on the beach kind of type, I'll be doing activities, training and getting ready for the second half," said Lewis.

"I'm going to meet my mum, sister, niece and nephew and I'll spend the next four or five days with them. It's not too often I get to do family holidays so that's something to look forward to. I haven't decided where I am going for the last part of it.

"I've got a couple of people getting married and stuff so I'm sure there'll be some partying, I'm sure there will be some relaxing but most importantly re-energizing yourself."

For Valtteri, it's all about heading home: "I'm looking forward to going back to Finland and not thinking about Formula One for a while."

'They all deserve the break'

It's not just the drivers heading off for the summer break, there's also the regulatory shutdown period at F1 factories too.

"The last couple of races have been particularly good, but we've still got work to do," Lewis said on his recent run of success.

"I'm really proud of what we have achieved until now. We've had ups and downs in this rollercoaster ride of a Championship season.

"But the team has just remained strong, tried to be diligent and just give everything. Just look at the last race, coming out with a result like that considering the issues I had.

"It's just maximising every scenario we face. I'm really happy with how strong it's come the last couple of races and so grateful for all the hard work and the continued efforts of the team.

"They all deserve the summer break and I hope they keep pushing, we've got to come strong in the next half."