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Vettel: Raikkonen was 'a lot faster' than me

Vettel: Raikkonen was 'a lot faster' than me

"I did say that if I can't overtake them I would let him back through", he told Sky Sports.

Third was Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas.

The former Red Bull managed to quell his steering issues to secure victory, record a time of one hour, 39 minutes and 46 seconds and increase his lead over Hamilton to 14 points in the driver's standings. The Mercedes' pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton finished some 12 seconds behind the Ferraris.

The Finn was almost half a second off Vettel's blistering pace, ahead of compatriot Valtteri Botas in the leading Mercedes, Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull and three-time champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas were the first out for Q2, the Englishman reporting "there's a bit of vibration on these tyres" as he rejoined the fray in pursuit of a place in the top 10 shootout.

Verstappen locked up into Turn 2 and ran into Ricciardo, causing damage to the left-hand side of his teammates Red Bull but escaping unharmed himself.

But it's exactly those sorts of conditions which could open the door for Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and the Red Bulls to make a charge.

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He finished fifth on the grid and sixth at the flag, leading Renault to predict that they could be in for yet another strong showing this weekend - and maybe even a double points finish if Jolyon Palmer, who once again is rumoured to be in his final F1 race, can get it together. The Brazilian felt unwell and had been taken to hospital but started Saturday's session.

"My thought process was: 'If he lets me by and I can't pull away from him then I will just let him back.' But I had a lot more pace". "Slowing down seven seconds was tough and I was nervous about losing a place to [Max] Verstappen but fortunately I didn't".

It only feels like yesterday that the 2017 Formula One season kicked off in Melbourne, alas the mid-point of the championship has been reached as we hit the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, Bottas had previously missed his vis-à-vis with more than twenty laps to go to give him a chance to catch up with the two cars of the Scuderia.

"We are working hard. the last race wasn't great for us".

Spaniard Carlos Sainz was seventh for Toro Rosso with Mexican Sergio Perez eighth and Force India team mate Esteban Ocon ninth.

Paul Di Resta was called in to drive Felipe Massa's Williams auto after the Brazilian driver was too unwell to take his seat.