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Hamilton wins Hungarian GP.

Lewis Hamilton finally got his 2009 world championship defence back into top gear by claiming a first victory of the year for McLaren with a crushing display in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Already buoyed by his performance leading up to the opening lap in Germany a fortnight ago, and again by McLaren sweeping free practice in Budapest, the Briton made the most of his KERS system to move into an early second place, and then be best placed to capitalise on polewinner Fernando Alonso's problem with a loose wheel.

The Spaniard led through to his early pit-stop, but lost his right-front wheel on the subsequent out-lap and, despite taking on a replacement, was forced to retire shortly afterwards. Having got around Mark Webber on lap four, Hamilton assumed the lead and, with his McLaren able to use its tyres better than the majority of its rivals, was able to cruise to victory, coming home eleven seconds clear of the field.

Kimi Raikkonen likewise moved into second spot, surviving an opening lap brush with both the world champion and Sebastian Vettel to claim Ferrari's best result of the season, while Webber emerged as the leading Red Bull driver, having got ahead of Vettel on the opening lap and then made the most of the German's suspension-induced retirement.

Once Timo Glock had made a late single stop, Nico Rosberg claimed another fourth place for Williams, coming home ahead of 2008 race winner Heikki Kovalainen - who confirmed McLaren's improvement in fifth. Glock slotted back into sixth, ahead of championship leader Jenson Button - who struggled with tyre woes all day - and the second Toyota of Jarno Trulli.

Full report and results to follow....


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2Pac - Unregistered

July 26, 2009 2:50 PM

the old dog of a car turns into a pedigree greyhound!! congratulations to hamilton on a superb victory and congratulations to mclaren and to mercedes-benz high performance engines for turning around what looked like a lost cause earlier in the season. and for all the nay-sayers... a kers car won!!! also well done to kimi and ferrari for a great 2nd place in the circumstances. got to say i'm again disappointed with kovi's race pace, those claiming he is as good as hamilton really need to look at his race results, no excuses today he has the same car as hamilton. all i need now is rossi to win the motogp and it's happy days!!!

race fan - Unregistered

July 26, 2009 2:59 PM

A sight we haven't seen for months and months: a McLaren and a Ferrari on the podium at the same time. Good to see them improve! Great race by Hamilton, flawless from start to finish, also great race also from Raikkonnnen, almost flawless apart from the slight contact (which is just an unavoidable race incident, imho, the car got a bit sideways when he accelerated and they banged wheels) with Vettel right off the bat. Webber also looked very good, he really pushed in the end to get to Raikkonnen.



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