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.

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29/07/2012 18:35
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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
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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
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Hamilton always Hungary to win! Well done.
29/07/2012 19:46
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congatulations lewis on a very deserved win , go team GB
29/07/2012 19:24
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Well done Lewis show team GB how it should be done. 
29/07/2012 19:02
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Well done Hamilton. That race win was well deserved. Go on you Brits !! :D
29/07/2012 15:35
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Always happy when he or Jenson triumph - look forward to seeing Paul up there one day too.

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Come on Button!!    You are too far down in the Driver's Championship board.   Well done Lewis
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Well done Lewis. This win has been long awaited. I do hope you get back to your winning ways.

 

29/07/2012 19:24
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nice one lewis..@ hamish.. the name said it all.... it must hurt seeing hamilton win. haha so bitter... hehe...
29/07/2012 17:53
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Nice to see him get back to winning ways!
29/07/2012 19:08
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WELL DON L H  NOW GO AND SHOW M YOUR BACK TO WINNING WAYS
29/07/2012 17:49
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Fantastic race well done to Lewis and McLaren also a good race from Kimi Raikkonen.
29/07/2012 15:46
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good result, anyone but alonso he is a disgrace to the sport.
29/07/2012 18:04
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Well done Hamilton, visualize your next victory!!!
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