Hungarian Grand Prix - 5th August 2007
I had hoped, following the events of the
last few weeks, that, come race weekend, we could see driver
against driver, and team against team, racing on the track to
decide who wins... It would seem that that was not to be!
However, it was Lewis Hamilton who kept a cool
head and went on to take his third win, the 50th win in a McLaren
car with a Mercedes engine.
Lewis Hamilton "A very
emotional race and an eventful weekend. During the last two weeks,
the team has done a great job and we definitely have made a step
forward. However, the Ferrari was also fast today and
during the final laps, Kimi put a lot of pressure on me. I managed
to pull out a slight gap in the first stint but during the last two
stints, I had a small problem with the steering on the car. This
meant Kimi was able to close on me which made me a little nervous.
However the team told me on the radio that everything was OK which
meant I was able to push to the very end."
Jean Todt at Ferrari, was
philosophical about his team's weekend: "We had a competitive
car but we did not do the best job for reasons we need to
understand in qualifying and we paid the price. It's not
pleasing but you have to accept it. I'm not very happy about the
result today. You cannot always pretend that you're not happy if
you don't win, even if what you always aim for is trying to win a
Having been relegated 5 places on the grid for,
at least, appearing to hold up Lewis Hamilton during qualifying,
Fernando Alonso was reasonably pleased with his fourth place.
Fernando Alonso "I am
quite pleased with the race today which was a difficult one.
The maximum we could have reached from sixth position on
the grid was a podium finish - especially on this circuit which is
comparable to Monaco in terms of overtaking opportunities. This
didn’t work out in the end, but fourth is better than fifth and at
the final stage of the race I did not push too much to save my
engine for the Turkish Grand Prix. Without the penalty after
yesterday’s qualifying the victory would have been possible today
as you can see on my lap times when I had a clear track. I am now
seven points behind Lewis. The fight for the championship is still
open and I will try my best to close the gap."
Ron Dennis' post race
interviews certainly seemed to show a man drained of energy: "A
weekend full of stress and emotion. The issues that faced us, not
just this weekend but also in the previous month, has tested the
resolve of the whole team. It’s at these times that you have to
stay true to your principles and values. We will take the time
between now and the Turkish Grand Prix to continue to develop the
car and strive to maintain our winning streak. Both drivers did
great jobs in different but very difficult circumstances."