Saturday 23 September 2017

Hamilton finds 'Band-Aid' for broken heart in title race boost

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after taking the pole position
Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain reacts after taking the pole position

Tom Cary in Budapest

A sensational drive from Lewis Hamilton in Hungary, one he described as among "the most important" of his career, handed the 2008 world champion his first victory for Mercedes and at the same time reignited his title bid.

Dedicating the win to his ex-girlfriend, the American popstar Nicole Scherzinger, an emotional Hamilton said the experience would act like a "Band-Aid" for his broken heart as he headed into the summer break.

"It has not been the easiest few months," Hamilton admitted. "It feels a little bit odd without that someone here – this is one of those races you want to dedicate to that someone.

"The thought in my mind through the whole race was of someone really special to me and I want to dedicate it to her. It is a bit of a Band-Aid that will cover me for some time."

Hamilton's victory, by over 10 seconds from Germany's triple world champion, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, was all the more wondrous precisely because it was so unexpected. After taking a third successive pole on Saturday, the 28-year-old said he would require "a miracle" to convert that advantage in Hungary's punishing 35C heat due to Mercedes' tyre wear issues.

"Did I really say that?" Hamilton asked afterwards.

"I don't know what to say. I really wasn't expecting it. I think this is probably one of the most important Grand Prix wins of my career. I think you could tell I was hungry for it today," Hamilton said, of his fourth win in seven trips to Budapest.

Not that he was completely ecstatic, the pain of his split with Scherzinger proving impossible to rid totally from his mind.

"I am still working on getting those puzzles (in my life) in place and there is a big part of the puzzle out of place at the moment," Hamilton said. "At some stage, maybe it will come back together."

The course of true love never did run smooth. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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