'It hurts to be called Hamilton's wingman', says angry Bottas

Sebastian Vettel in action for Ferrari

Given a new contract for 2019, with a further option for 2020, his place at the team is secure even if he has yet to win this season while four-times world champion Hamilton has been triumphant five times and leads Vettel by 24 points.

Wolff said Mercedes were surprised Bottas had resisted the Ferraris, led by Sebastian Vettel who eventually finished second, and protected Hamilton, for so long in the race on his way to finishing fifth. The season resumes in Belgium on August 26. "Secondly, I don't see any positives in this race for me".

Bottas played down both collisions as he fixated on the comments of his boss which clearly struck a chord.

"I felt, all of a sudden, I got hit from behind", said Vettel, who was fortunate not to be passed by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after the contact as Raikkonen was right behind him on track.

"I'm looking forward to the next weeks", Bottas said about the summer break.

"I don't believe there's ever a moment that you've got your hands on the title or the trophy".

That's how it stayed until five laps from the end, when Vettel made a move on Bottas stick - and was followed by Raikkonen - with Ricciardo getting past Bottas too for fourth place as the race drew to a close, despite starting in 12th.

"Obviously Lewis's information [in the first stint], they don't call us and say "our tyres still look good - you can come in earlier".

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Instead, he plans to fine-tune his physical and mental fitness in readiness to turn up the heat in his closely-fought title duel with Sebastian Vettel next month. So marginal that any problem in the pit stop would cost Vettel position. The Mercedes locked up and speared the Red Bull.

Vettel becoming marooned behind Bottas did not necessarily cost him victory, but it at least cost him the chance of hunting down Hamilton, in turn denying fans of a potentially mouth-watering finale to the Grand Prix.

That would have given him a clear run at race leader Hamilton on fresher, softer tyres, but Vettel lost time near the end of his stint with traffic and then had a slow pitstop. "Stuff happens. Compared to a year ago, we lost the championship I think because our vehicle wasn't quick enough to be a match in the final part of the season, despite what happened with the DNFs".

Mercedes, however have insisted that Bottas is not their No.2 driver after Toto Wolff claimed he had been the ideal wingman to Hamilton in Hungary.

"We couldn't have expected this..."

"We came here knowing Ferrari would be really quick this weekend, so to come out with these points, we'll definitely take it as a bonus", said Hamilton.

"I had a feeling the vehicle was fine and it was until the end". "I was lucky the auto was not broken and I could carry on".

Lap 22 - Vettel is told to go to "Plan C", but only he and his team know what that means.

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