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Lewis Hamilton explains why he let teammate Vatteri Bottas pass him at climax of Hungarian GP

In a tense Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton allowed his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to overtake him on the final corner. Hamilton's teammate claimed 3rd, and 3 vital championship points, while Hamilton contented himself with 4th.

Hamilton's decision to give up 3 vital points to his teammate has damaged his own title hopes, and means that he now sits 14 points adrift of the Championship leader, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton asked his teammate Bottas over his radio if he could pass him and attack the Ferraris in the front:

Bottas obliged, and Hamilton mounted a valiant attack on the leaders, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Hamilton kept his promise and, on the last corner of the final lap he slowed to allow Bottas to reclaim 3rd.

After the race Hamilton said:

"It's tough in the Championship but i'm a man of my word. I did say that if I can't overtake I would let him back though. Slowing down seven seconds was tough and I was nervous of losing a place to Verstappen, but fortunately I didn't"


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