Updated: 29/08/2012 13:17 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton savours Hungary success



Lewis Hamilton is in the F1 title mix after his victory in the Hungarian GP

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.

25Comments
30/07/2012 13:00
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Well done Lewis !!  great results this weekend,    I wish you & Jenson every  success  for the rest of this years races.



30/07/2012 15:00
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So.........Eleven out of twenty-five "comments" here are of the "lonely hearts" variety. Come on MSN do something to stop this otherwise your other  "regular" contributors will go elsewhere and boycott MSN altogether.
30/07/2012 13:40
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I want to put this dating crap in the f****** bin.

 

30/07/2012 14:48
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So pleased for you Lewis, you are the man!! You are the best ever in my eyes,bless you xx
31/07/2012 11:42
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Lewis is a much better racer than Jenson, and will probably win the title this year!
30/07/2012 15:50
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its about time u won.but can you keep it up

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must be some sort of cretin to get so many lonely hearts messages
03/08/2012 13:17
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I am so pleased for Lewis as the last three races were pure hell for him and to come back with a win just before the summer break is pure heaven.
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

30/07/2012 14:50
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Keith I see you've,been reading Fifty Shades ofGrey, or maybe just thumbing through the pages.
21/08/2012 00:03
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Why can't some of these commenters remain objective,when discussing;i.e McClaren,one minute Lewis is being screwed by the team,the next it is Jensen.We have seen McClaren inadvertently mess up both Driver's races over the season,and whilst it can cause some hair pulling,there is no conspiracy to it,however frustrating it may seem.
                          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.
                    
27/08/2012 21:04
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I THINK HE SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT THE TEAM ARE DOING THE JOB RIGHT AND THAT KEEPS HIM AT THE TOP.
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there all dating him because they think his money will make his thumb bigger why you think nicole has gone
30/07/2012 16:36
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Button screwed by his own team again!!    I don't care what Mclaren management say, Button is not given the same attention as Hamilton gets.    You see it every week now, all the new upgrades goes to Hamilton's car first. Hamilton is a fast driver but so is Button.  Button should ditch Mclaren for a better ride and fairer treatment.    If Hamilton does not get his own way he sulks Big Time, throws his toys out of his pram and threatens to quit....Well just quit & Go...Please!!
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