Hamilton claims victory in Hungary
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.
related stories on msn
Always happy when he or Jenson triumph - look forward to seeing Paul up there one day too.
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 :(
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 .
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??????
Well done Lewis. This win has been long awaited. I do hope you get back to your winning ways.