Lewis Hamilton has said he did not intentionally block Max Verstappen in Q3, as finger-pointing continues from various perspectives.
Hamilton was booed by fans after taking pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix, as many believe the Briton did not play fair on the last qualifying run, where he played mind games with his title rival. Hamilton said he had not intentionally slowed Verstappen down, adding that he was doing what all other drivers were.
“It’s so silly. Everyone was going slow, do you not watch everybody else? I don’t understand,” he said. “Do you think I could have gone quicker and then been closer to Valtteri? Everyone was doing a slow-out lap, it was no different to any other lap.”
“So I wasn’t playing any tactics. I don’t need to play any tactics, man. I know what I’m doing in the car and I’m fast enough, I don’t need to add tactics. Those that are making the comments really don’t clearly know anything about the job we’re doing here. Which is probably why they’re not driving.”
Speaking on his Q3 lap, Hamilton said that it was “beautiful”, and the best he did all day.
“The first run in Q3, the lap really felt beautiful, it was a real build up. A lot of qualifying sessions you sometimes get your best lap in Q1 or Q2 or something like that, and it never goes always to plan. But today I got the best lap in Q3, run one, so really happy with it.”
Hamilton will line up on the pole for tomorrow’s race, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas alongside.