Hamilton’s heavy heart for Hungary

Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff
Mercedes AMG Petronas team boss Toto Wolff

This weekend’s Hugarian Grand Prix will be overshadowed by the death of Jules Bianchi and F1 World Championship leader Lewis Hamilton says that will be on the minds of every driver.

The Mercedes AMG Petronas driver leads the championship from Brackley team-mate Nico Rosberg ahead of Sunday’s race.

Hamilton said: “Hungary is a beautiful place, one of my favourites but I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers and thoughts, not only this race but for the rest of my driving days.

“I know he’d want us to race hard as he did, and so I will. Saying goodbye to Jules was incredibly hard for everyone, now our sport embarks on a tough road ahead.

“We have been shown once more the dangers of our sport, that these should be respected and that we drivers commit ourselves to the chance that those dangers are there when we step into the car.

“We have made great progress for safety so far and I know that the FIA will continue to make steps forward to improve even further.”

Rosberg added: “Everyone will be sharing the same feelings in the paddock this week but we must race on and race hard for Jules as he would have wanted to be doing himself.

“It’s a tough track on the driver, narrow, very twisty and usually very hot. It’s one of those circuits where you can really show your skill and that makes it a good challenge.

“The race here last year wasn’t ideal for me in the end – but it’s a proper circuit, so I’m looking forward to it and hoping bring home a stronger result this time around.”

Brackley team boss Toto Wolff said: “It has been a difficult week for the motor sport family.

“I personally remember the first time I heard of an incredibly talented young French guy with an Italian name back in 2007 – how he performed in his F3 rookie season in 2008, then dominated the following year to become champion.

“That is how we will remember Jules; as an extraordinary champion.

“And we will honour his memory by continuing to improve the safety of the drivers, team members, circuit workers and spectators under the leadership of the FIA.

“Now we look forward to Hungary and the final race before the mid-season break. A strong result will give us positive momentum to carry through the summer.”