Lewis Hamilton has describe his performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix as one of his “worst performances in a long time” after a eventful race.
Hamilton had a very messy race after a bad start, a collision with Daniel Ricciardo for which he received a drive-through penalty. However, the brit still managed to extend his lead at the top of the championship.
He told The National “It was a really bad performance from me, one of the worst in a long time,” Hamilton said.
“But considering how bad it was, one thing I can take from it is that I never gave up. There was never a moment where I was like, ‘I’ll throw my toys out of the pram – it is over’. I never gave up hope of turning my wrong into a right.” He added.
Hamilton said he wasn’t happy to see Nico Rosberg’s late drama in the race.
Best man to guide through problems
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has told AFP that F1 needs Berine Ecclestone more than ever to get through the sports current difficulties. In the interview Horner gave Ecclestone praise.
He said “Bernie has done a great job for Formula One and the success of Formula One is all because of Bernie Ecclestone. F1 needs him more than ever now to guide us through this difficult period.”
Horner also moaned about the possibility of a 21 race season next year saying he hopes that the calendar will be cut down because “It looks tough for everybody.”
Horner said Red Bull’s improved performance wasn’t due to the presence of Red Bull’s technical director Adrian Newey, who appears more rarely at races.
No compromise on safety
Force India has denied claims of compromising safety in the fight for fifth in the championship. The team are currently defending the place from Lotus and Toro Rosso.
The team introduced a ‘B spec’ car which has been more completive but suffered two dangerous structural failures in Hungary.
Sporting director Otmar Szafnauer says the team doesn’t play with safety adding the team “showed that on Friday, when we didn’t let Hulkenberg out until we knew exactly what was the reason for Perez’s crash. This must not happen again”
Changes for Singapore GP
Organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have announced changes to the circuit at Marina Bay Circuit ahead of this year’s race. The area around Turn 11 to Turn 13 to integrate the areas at Esplanade Park and Empress Place.
Turn 11 will be realigned to be level with left-hand side of Fullerton which will lower the corner speed compared to last year’s race. Turn 12 will be modified slightly so that drivers now enter the left lane of Anderson Bridge. Turn 13 hairpin turn will be widened by one metre to enable more overtaking.
Deputy chairman of the race Colin Syn, told local media “It’s a win-win situation that the development of the new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct will provide an upgraded experience, but also potentially make for closer racing at this year’s F1 Singapore Grand Prix.”