“It has been an incredibly tough week for all of us and, for all the people at Ferrari, who know that, sooner or later, he would have been part of our team”.
Several drivers shook hands or hugged the Bianchi family.
The Formula One community arrived here in Budapest under a cloud following Bianchi’s death on July 17 from the injuries he suffered during last season’s Japanese Grand Prix.
A poignant minute’s silence was held in honour of Bianchi before the race, with drivers forming a ring and placing their race helmets on the ground.
Starting from pole position, Hamilton dropped to fourth at the first corner as the Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen got the jump on both Silver Arrows.
“It was a very disappointing day”, Rosberg said”. “You are always in our hearts”.
As for the race overall, Wolff added: “For us, it was incident packed”.
“Mentioning Senna’s record is something incredible”.
“It was a really bad performance from me and I don’t know if it was a lack of concentration or what”.
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix after his sizzling form showed no sign of relenting in the searing Budapest heat.
A dramatic race concluded with Vettel claiming the 41st win of his F1 career, taking the chequered flag ahead of Red Bull duo Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo.
Young Max Verstappen finished in P4 for Toro Rosso, which is the best finish in his career so far.
Bianchi’s parents, Philippe and Christine, and his siblings were flown in for the race by Bernie Ecclestone and they linked arms with the drivers ahead of the race.
It is the fifth time in succession, ninth this season, the 30-year-old Briton has out-performed his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in qualifying.
Williams driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, front, steers his auto ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilto … Hamilton went into the pits with a damaged wing, Ricciardo fought on and managed to take out the slow Raikkonen for P3.
“It was really close and I thought the lap was good enough, I was expecting my engineer to say I’d got into the top three, but it was half a tenth to Seb?” “To be honest the move was late but it was clean”. The pair hobbled back to the pit lane.
Vettel, who is third in the title race with 135 points behind Hamilton on 194 and Rosberg on 177, said he was satisfied with his and Ferrari’s progress.
Rosberg was first out on track in qualifying, closely followed by Hamilton, who was almost one second faster than Rosberg on their first laps.
Romain Grosjean finished between Hamilton and Rosberg in seventh, with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson completing the top 10.
Vettel looked comfortable at this point with neither Raikonnen nor Rosberg able to catch him, but a late safety vehicle period bunched up the leaders. Hamilton made his final attack on Ricciardo after reaching the DRS zone, the Brit took P4 and was 16 seconds below Rosberg who was in P3.
The virtual safety auto was brought out after Hulkenberg drove his Force India into the barriers on Turn 1.
While it was business as usual for Hamilton, there was yet more misery for McLaren in a campaign which descended into farce on Saturday.
Sensing victory, Rosberg was one second behind Vettel with 10 laps to go.