Updated: 29/07/2012 16:32 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton claims victory in Hungary



Lewis Hamilton, pictured, won the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean

Lewis Hamilton, pictured, won the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean

Lewis Hamilton breathed new life into his Formula 1 title challenge as he held off Kimi Raikkonen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

The McLaren driver led away from pole position and was able to manage the gap to Raikkonen's team-mate Romain Grosjean during the first two stints of the 69-lap race.

Raikkonen's stunning pace during the middle stint leapfrogged the Finn from fifth to second, but he could not prevent Hamilton taking a 19th career win, his third in Hungary, as Grosjean gave Lotus a double podium by coming home third.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel narrowly failed to overhaul Grosjean after a late stop for fresh tyres and finished fourth.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso would have been a relieved man as Ferrari's lack of pace was not punished in the championship standings.

In fact the Spaniard increased his lead to 40 points as nearest challenger Mark Webber trailed home eighth, after the Australian's own late stop for tyres failed to work out.

Hamilton remains 47 points adrift of Alonso in fourth place despite his masterful drive to victory.

Sixth placed Jenson Button was another left frustrated by strategy as McLaren's decision to switch him from a two to a three-stop option saw him drop from third back to an eventual sixth, ahead of the Williams of Bruno Senna.

Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top 10.

Hamilton, like team-mate Button running with messages of support for the British Olympic team on their McLarens, had appeared to have the race well under control as he kept Grosjean at arms length during the early going and the race had proved to be rather processional until Raikkonen shook things up.

101Comments
29/07/2012 18:35
avatar
Hamish,you really are a ****,there is no room for your kind of comments in the 21st century,Lewis completley dominated the weekend apart from FP3,he earned that win by managing his tyres and keeping a faster car behined.You are nothing but a insect and thats being harsh to insects,if you have nothing constructive to say,keep your dirty mouth shut.
29/07/2012 15:30
avatar
well done lewis great drive great win keep going lets hope you can get more wins and regain the title again well done
29/07/2012 15:41
avatar
Hamilton always Hungary to win! Well done.
29/07/2012 19:46
avatar
congatulations lewis on a very deserved win , go team GB
29/07/2012 19:24
avatar
Well done Lewis show team GB how it should be done. 
29/07/2012 19:02
avatar
Well done Hamilton. That race win was well deserved. Go on you Brits !! :D
29/07/2012 15:35
avatar

 

Always happy when he or Jenson triumph - look forward to seeing Paul up there one day too.

avatar
Come on Button!!    You are too far down in the Driver's Championship board.   Well done Lewis
avatar

You know, there's a danger of accidentally finding out who wins grand prix's if you don't have Sky Sports and are waiting to see the race on the BBC. By stumbling on the news here, it kinda ruins the element of surprise for when the BBC run the race.

 

Bit of a bummer but this is what you get when sport gets so messed about between tv networks :(

29/07/2012 15:36
avatar
McClaren need to get their act together if their drivers are to have any success and stop these silly tactical errors, the competion is too smart for fooling around
29/07/2012 18:35
avatar

Brilliant drive Lewis , it was just a shame Jenson didnt have a better day,

Also , well done to the Team .

Lets get back to winning .

29/07/2012 20:04
avatar
most boring race of the season, but well done to Lewis & Kimi. Meanwhile Alonso had a so-so day yet still increased his his lead in the championship!

A good day for the best 3 drivers in F1

Dont know what McLaren were playing at with Button though, they cost him a podium finish. Why does the smoothest and easiest on the tyres driver need to have 3 stops - completely baffling??????
29/07/2012 23:19
avatar

Well done Lewis. This win has been long awaited. I do hope you get back to your winning ways.

 

29/07/2012 19:24
avatar
nice one lewis..@ hamish.. the name said it all.... it must hurt seeing hamilton win. haha so bitter... hehe...
29/07/2012 17:53
avatar
Nice to see him get back to winning ways!
29/07/2012 19:08
avatar
WELL DON L H  NOW GO AND SHOW M YOUR BACK TO WINNING WAYS
29/07/2012 17:49
avatar
Fantastic race well done to Lewis and McLaren also a good race from Kimi Raikkonen.
29/07/2012 15:46
avatar
good result, anyone but alonso he is a disgrace to the sport.
29/07/2012 18:04
avatar
Well done Hamilton, visualize your next victory!!!
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest f1 news

  • Red Bull lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification at the Australia Grand Prix

    Red Bull will move forward following their failed appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from last month's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in order to focus on this weekend's race in China.

  • Luca di Montezemolo is not alone in his condemnation of the new-look Formula 1

    Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo has found a new ally in his war on the current state of Formula One.

  • Lewis Hamilton is striving for a mental edge over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg

    Jenson Button heads to China this weekend believing McLaren have a point to prove after their recent failure in Bahrain.

  • Stefano Domenicali has stepped down from his role as team principal of Ferrari

    Stefano Domenicali said it was time for a "significant change" as he announced his resignation as team principal of Ferrari.

  • Bob Bell will leave Mercedes at the end of the 2014 season

    Technical director Bob Bell is to leave Mercedes at the end of the Formula One season and will not be replaced.

  • Christian Horner, right, believes Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix can be overturned

    Red Bull are expected to find out on Tuesday whether they have won their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

  • Gene Haas will have a car on the Formula One grid next season

    The United States is to finally have a team on the Formula One grid from 2015 after the FIA accepted the entry of NASCAR guru Gene Haas.

  • Pastor Maldonado, pictured, ran into the side of Esteban Gutierrez on lap 40 in Bahrain

    Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Esteban Gutierrez in the wake of their spectacular crash in Bahrain on Sunday.

  • Daniel Ricciardo, pictured, has impressed Red Bull team principal Christian Horner

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner feels Daniel Ricciardo has already exceeded expectations this season.

  • Paddy Lowe says Formula One is about developing technology

    Mercedes executive technical director Paddy Lowe has described as "absurd" the possibility of changes being made to the latest regulations for the 2015 Formula One season.

  • Dan Fallows is Red Bull's new head of aerodynamics

    Dan Fallows has returned to Red Bull to become the team's new head of aerodynamics.

  • Bernie Ecclestone, left, and Jean Todt, right, were at the heart of the politicking that unfolded in Bahrain

    Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed suggestions a war is looming on the horizon with the FIA and president Jean Todt.

  • Fernando Alonso is convinced Ferrari can return to the front

    Fernando Alonso has called on Ferrari to work "day and night" in an attempt to fire the ailing marque back to the front of the grid.

  • Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is exploring the possibility of new sponsorship deals in the Middle East

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has revealed the team are eager to break into Formula One's burgeoning Middle-Eastern market.

  • Lewis Hamilton, pictured, held off team-mate Nico Rosberg to win the Bahrain GP  AP

    Lewis Hamilton is prepared to hit the books over the next few days in a bid to get an edge on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.