Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Hamilton Win Hungarian GP

Lewis Hamilton took a lights-to-flag victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and BMW's Nick Heidfeld. Fernando Alonso recovered from his grid penalty to finish fourth but the spectre of McLaren's appeal in the constructors' championship and the fall-out from the qualifying drama will hang over the sport for the rest of the season.

Lewis Hamilton makes a strong start as Heidfeld struggles on the dirty side of the track allowing Raikkonen up to second. Rosberg maintained fourth ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Kubica got ahead of Alonso on the run down to the first corner. As Hamilton pulled away from Raikkonen in the lead, Alonso was struggling and slipped down to eighth in the final corner. The reigning champion regrouped and next lap round blasted past Webber for seventh down the inside of turn one - although he had already slipped nine seconds behind Hamilton who continued to extend his lead. Alonso was on a mission though and it was just one lap further before he had lined up and passed Kubica into turn one for sixth place. He could make no more progress and was stuck behind Ralf Schumacher's Toyota until he pitted on lap 17 along with Heidfeld and Rosberg, the first frontrunners to refuel. Hamilton and Raikkonen went two laps further before making their stops. The race order then stabilised with Hamilton leading Raikkonen, Heidfeld, Rosberg and Kubica getting ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Alonso during the pit stops. Hamilton was coming under increased pressure from Kimi Raikkonen, just a second separating them on lap 29. There was no change until the second pit stops when Alonso finally managed to clear Ralf Schumacher for sixth. At the front Hamilton continued to lead Raikkonen and Heidfeld. After Heidfeld, Rosberg and Kubica made their third and final pit stops of the afternoon Alonso was up to third, just 0.5s behind Heidfeld with 12 laps remaining. That's the way it stayed until the chequered flag. Hamilton took his third F1 victory ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld kept Fernando Alonso at bay to take third place from the reigning champion. Robert Kubica recovered to fifth ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen.

Race Result:

1. L. Hamilton McLaren 1:35:52.991

2. K. Räikkönen Ferrari + 0.715

3. N. Heidfeld BMW + 43.129

4. F. Alonso McLaren + 44.858

5. R. Kubica BMW + 47.616

6. R. Schumacher Toyota + 50.669

7. N. Rosberg Williams + 59.139

8. H. Kovalainen Renault + 1:08.104

9. M. Webber Red Bull + 1:16.331

10. J. Trulli Toyota + 1 laps

11. D. Coulthard Red Bull + 1 laps

12. G. Fisichella Renault + 1 laps

13. F. Massa Ferrari + 1 laps

14. A. Wurz Williams + 1 laps

15. T. Sato Super Aguri + 1 laps

16. S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso + 1 laps

17. A. Sutil Spyker F1 + 2 laps

18. R. Barrichello Honda + 2 laps

Did not finish

19. V. Liuzzi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 27 laps

20. A. Davidson Super Aguri + 29 laps

21. J. Button Honda + 35 laps

22. S. Yamamoto Spyker F1 + 65 laps

Fastest Lap : Raikkonen Ferrari : 1:20,047 Lap 70

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