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McLaren beat Lotus in qualifying and pitstops



McLaren’s sporting director, Sam Michael believes that the essential things of victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix was they are beat Lotus in qualifying and speedy pitstops that gives more opportunity to Lewis Hamilton unaffected position for the entire race.

Lewis Hamilton keeps the error-free driving against Lotus duo Grosjean and Raikkonen at different stages of Hungaroring race, Lotus start the race with aggressive machine for targeting top podium.

“Lotus were definitely on us for the whole race,” Sam Michael told Autosport.

“I think they really have a good race car and we basically only beat them because of qualifying and the fact that we beat them in the pits.

“If they had qualified well and qualified in front of us then, because it is difficult to overtake here, I think you would really struggle to beat them.”

“We felt they would always go long because that is where their advantage is,” he said. “Their advantage is in long run pace and having lower deg.

“They probably knew that we could beat them in the pits, so it worked well. But definitely we thought they would be pretty hard work in the last stint, and Lewis drove very well to keep Kimi off him.”

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