Lewis Hamilton has said he “had nothing left” at the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix, which he described as “difficult.”

Hamilton had an interesting race, missing the torpedo melee at turn 1 before being the only driver to take the restart at the green flag. A lap 1 stop put him down to last, but a sterling recovery drive ended in him finishing third after a grand duel with Fernando Alonso.

Speaking after the race, Hamilton said it was difficult, and a penalty Mercedes gave themselves by not pitting at the race start.

“Firstly, huge congratulations to the team, to Esteban [Ocon],” he said. “Great result from Aston Martin, a lot to come from them. It was definitely hard, we made it difficult for ourselves. I had nothing left in myself.”

When asked about his team’s decision to stay on intermediate tires, Hamilton said he thought the pits were the best option.

“I thought I needed to go to the pits, but the team had other information,” he said.

Hamilton now sits six points clear of Max Verstappen as Formula 1 goes to the summer break.

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