Hamilton savours Hungary success
Lewis Hamilton is in the F1 title mix after his victory in the Hungarian GP
Lewis Hamilton reflected on one of the toughest races of his life after winning the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, and then declared: "I'll savour it all the more for that."
The 27-year-old McLaren driver held off late pressure from Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus at the Hungaroring to secure a 19th career win - his third in Hungary - and he admitted afterwards that it had been a major test.
"It was a really enjoyable race - but it wasn't at all easy," he said. "[It was] one of the toughest races I've ever driven. I'll savour it all the more for that."
Hamilton had pole position while Raikkonen started fifth and, suffering from a temperamental KERS issue, lost a place to Formula One championship leader Fernando Alonso.
But, as the pit stops shook out, the Finn rose to fourth on a long 26-lap stint on soft tyres before making a second stop for mediums on lap 46 - five after Hamilton - and preparing for a final hard charge.
Raikkonen exited the pits just as team-mate Romain Grosjean, who had started second, came screaming down the main straight, causing their engineers to sweat as they went through turn one side by side and Raikkonen forced Grosjean wide in order to steal the racing line and hunt Hamilton.
He was soon within a second of the Briton, but the McLaren driver was able to eke out faster third sectors, protecting himself down the main straight. There were no other opportunities for the Lotus to pass.
"I was under a lot of pressure throughout all 69 laps," said Hamilton, who has only won one other round this season. "First, Romain and then Kimi were right behind me, all the way through, and I had to look after my tyres without letting my pace drop, which was pretty tricky at times."
Grosjean held on to third ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel, who made a third pit stop without losing a place and charged back to attack the Lotus on fresh soft tyres but to no avail. Alonso calmly protected his points lead on a tough day for Ferrari, finishing fifth.
Hamilton moved one point ahead of Raikkonen to fourth in the championship standings with 117 points. Alonso stretched his lead over Mark Webber with 164 points to the Australian's 124. Vettel remained third with 122, closing the gap to his Red Bull team-mate.
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The only pressure Mclaren will have is from Lotus as their car is getting better every race and that is something the likes of Ferrari,Red Bull and Mclaren will have to fight off come the start of the second half of the season.
So well done to Lewis on making F1 fun to watch and have some pride in those who take part....well done and keep showing your flag of both England and Grenada.......Love it
Jensen and Lewis are both fine drivers,and though I'll offer that Lewis is superior in point to point combat,Jensen is not to be underestimated.