Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has revealed the reason behind giving third place back to teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Bottas had given Hamilton third earlier in the race in an attempt to attack the Ferrari’s of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. However, when this did not work, he gave back the final podium spot to Bottas in the closing stages of the race.
Although the Brit is unaware of what repercussions this could have in the Championship battle, he is adamant it was the right thing to do at the time.
“I don’t know whether that will come to bite me on the backside or not but I said at the beginning of the year I want to win it the right way,” he spoke.
“I think it was the right way to do things. It’s kind of a grey area because if I let him by and pulled him along and we were two seconds apart, then that’s a much easier thing to let him back.
“But obviously I was seven seconds up ahead and the team are in a difficult position.
“But I think it really shows, hopefully, that I’m a man of my word and also that I am a team player. I am just as much a part of the team as anyone else and I think we are working better together than we ever have. It shows unity.
“I think in life if you do good things, good things do come around back to you. Hopefully in the future it will pay dividends.“