It was a very sporting gesture.
Lewis Hamilton kept his word at the Hungarian Grand Prix by handing back third place to his team-mate Valtteri Bottas – a promise made during the race as Hamilton attempted to chase down the leading Ferraris.
But could it come at a price?
Finishing fourth instead of third cost Hamilton three points, meaning Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel leads the Briton by 14 points heading into the summer break.
Since the very first Formula 1 world championship in 1950, 27% of seasons have been decided by three points or fewer, so Hamilton has definitely taken a risk.
Tense title deciders
There’s been plenty of thrilling title tussles over the years but these are the 18 that were decided by three points or fewer:
|Year||Champion||Runner up||Points difference|
|1950||Giuseppe Farina (Alfa Romeo)||Juan Manuel Fangio (Ferrari)||3|
|1956||Juan Manuel Fangio (Ferrari)||Stirling Moss (Maserati)||3|
|1958||Mike Hawthorn (Vanwall)||Stirling Moss (Cooper-Climax)||1|
|1961||Phil Hill (Ferrari)||Wolfgang von Trips (Ferrari)||1|
|1964||John Surtees (Ferrari)||Graham Hill (BRM)||1|
|1974||Emerson Fittipaldi (McLaren)||Clay Regazzoni (Ferrari)||3|
|1976||James Hunt (Ferrari)||Niki Lauda (Ferrari)||1|
|1981||Nelson Piquet (Brabham)||Carlos Reutemann (Williams)||1|
|1983||Nelson Piquet (Brabham)||Alain Prost (Renault)||2|
|1984||Niki Lauda (McLaren)||Alain Prost (McLaren)||0.5|
|1986||Alain Prost (McLaren)||Nigel Mansell (Williams)||2|
|1988||Ayrton Senna (McLaren)||Alain Prost (McLaren)||3|
|1994||Michael Schumacher (Benetton)||Damon Hill (Williams)||1|
|1999||Mika Hakkinen (McLaren)||Eddie Irvine (Ferrari)||2|
|2003||Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)||Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)||2|
|2007||Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)||Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso (both McLaren)||1|
|2008||Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)||Felipe Massa (Ferrari)||1|
|2012||Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)||Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)||3|