Hamilton holds on for victory in Hungary

Thumbs-up Lewis after a dazzling display of driving - Photo wikimedia/Richard BarclayBritish driver Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant display, leading from start to finish, breathing new life into his Formula 1 title challenge, holding off Kimi Raikkonen to win the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton raced to a 19th career win, his third in Hungary, as Frenchman Romain Grosjean gave Lotus a double podium by coming home a respectable third.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, on his 31st birthday, trailed in a distant fifth place, but the Spaniard managed to extend his lead to 40 points over Aussie Mark Webber in the driver standings.

However, it was definitely a day lacking fizz for the Red Bull team as they finished without a driver on the podium.

Hamilton and his team colleague Jenson Button, both drove with messages of support for the British Olympic team adorned on their McLarens. The inspired display is a major boost for Hamilton ahead of an extended F1 summer break. Racing will resume in Belgium in early September.

Hamilton, who was fastest in both practice sessions Friday and dominated qualifying, secured a second win of the campaign. The 27-year-old Briton enthused : "It's been an amazing day, fantastic work by all the team.

"I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. A long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can."


Hungarian Grand Prix 2012 Final Result

1. Lewis Hamilton 1:41:05.503

2. Kimi Raikkonen +00:01.032

3. Romain Grosjean +00:10.518

4. Sebastian Vettel +00:11.614

5. Fernando Alonso +00:26.653

6. Jenson Button +00:30.243

7. Bruno Senna +00:33.899

8. Mark Webber +00:34.458

9. Felipe Massa +00:38.350

10. Nico Rosberg +00:51.234

 

Driver Standings Table

Pos     Driver                   Pts

1        Fernando Alonso    164

2        Mark Webber         124

3        Sebastian Vettel    122

4        Lewis Hamilton       117

5        Kimi Raikkonen     116

6        Nico Rosberg         77

7        Jenson Button       76

8        Romain Grosjean   76

9        Sergio Perez         47

10      Kamui Kobayashi     33

 

Multiple wins in Hungarian GP

4 - Michael Schumacher

3 - Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton

2 - Jenson Button, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Nelson Piquet, Jacques Villeneuve

 


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