LEWIS HAMILTON was beaten at the Hungarian Grand Prix after a disastrous start at the Hungaroring.
Hamilton started first after securing pole in yesterday’s qualifying session.
But already in the first corner he was overtaken by an overpowering Max Verstappen.
To make matters worse, Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris also passed Hamilton on the first lap – causing Hamilton to drop to fourth place.
Hamilton apologized to his team over the radio after the bad start and simply said: “I’m sorry, guys.”
However, race engineer Peter Bonnington was keen to keep Hamilton happy, saying: “Don’t worry Lewis. It’s going to be a long, hot race.”
He was unable to match the racing speed of the two McLarens in front of them as they built up a huge advantage as the race progressed.
Hamilton grew increasingly frustrated before admitting he couldn’t keep up with the two cars in front of him.
He said: “I definitely don’t have the pace to pass these guys.”
His frustration continued later in the race, saying, “How did they get nine seconds all of a sudden? That’s a crazy amount.”
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Hamilton then questioned the performance of his hardware as Verstappen carved a 20 second lead over his Mercedes.
Over the radio, he asked his team, “Are you turning down the engine?”
The reply over the radio was, “Negative, Lewis. I’m just handling the temp situation.”
Hamilton would finish fourth in Hungary in what was quite a frustrating race for the Brit.