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Lewis Hamilton expects to bounce back after mistakes in Hungary

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Lewis Hamilton is confident normal order will be restored when Formula One emerges from its four-week summer shutdown at next month's Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton had been expected to romp to a record fifth victory in Budapest on Sunday, but endured an error-strewn display and crossed the line in sixth place.

Sebastian Vettel claimed his second win of the season in a dramatic race which saw Nico Rosberg finish two places below Hamilton in eighth after tangling with Daniel Ricciardo late on.


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Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen sauntered away at the front after they leapfrogged Hamilton and Rosberg off the start-line.

And Rosberg, running in third and struggling with the handling of his Mercedes, was unable to keep pace with the Ferrari pair as Hamilton fought back through the field following his nightmare opening lap.

"They have been quick but we had the pace on them all weekend," said Hamilton, who topped every practice and qualifying session, before his poor showing in Sunday's race at a track in which he so often excels.

"So whilst they got the result, if we had been in the lead, we would have been a long way ahead."

Hamilton's poor starts have become a theme for the Briton this season. He has now lost out on the opening lap at the last three races in Austria, Silverstone and at the Hungaroring.

And Hamilton has warned that it is a situation which is unlikely to improve in the future with driver aids banned at Spa-Francorchamps and for the remainder of the campaign.

"I imagine it is going to get worse in terms of unpredictable starts," Hamilton, who like his contemporaries will be forced to conduct manual starts, added.

"What goes on after this race is going to be really interesting because I don't think that it is going to stick.

"I think there will be an under-estimation as how much it will impact the races, but we'll see."

Hamilton, who extended his overall lead over Rosberg to 21 points despite his chaotic race on Sunday , warned that the new starting procedure could also be dangerous.

"The starts may not change or they may be disastrous," he added. "Some people might get disastrous starts, some people might get fast starts so there may be a bit more weaving, who knows?"

"I am looking forward to seeing it, but I am taking a guess that initially it is not going to be right and we are going to have to adjust it."

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