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Hamilton: At least one of us won

Lewis Hamilton: I'm disappointed in myself for spinning. I had to do a doughnut to get myself facing the right way and that forced Paul onto the grass, which is why I got the drive-through penalty. I've apologised to Paul and I'll put the penalty behind me and move on to the next race.

Lewis Hamilton was philosophical after missing out on the win in the F1 2011 Hungarian GP.

Hamilton took the lead early on in his McLaren and was seemingly on course to make it two victories in a row, until a rain shower late on threw a spanner in the works and he lost it at the chicane. Although he was able to flick it back and continue, in the process he forced fellow countryman Paul di Resta off track and he was later handed a drive-through.

To make matters worse though, he also opted to stop for intermediate tyres on lap 52 - prior to news of the penalty - a decision that ultimately proved wrong as the rain eased off and he then had to make another stop to switch back to drys.

After those misadventures he found himself down in sixth, and while he fought back to fourth over the remaining ten or so laps, passing Felipe Massa and Mark Webber, it was little consolation, although he maintained he was happy to see team-mate Jenson Button triumph.

“Big congratulations to Jenson. He pushed me hard and he deserved to win the race. I felt sorry for the team that we didn't get a one-two, but at least one of us got the victory,” Hamilton reflected.

“The car felt very good to drive today. I think the cooler conditions helped us, but the team has done a fantastic job to get us where we are.

“We've now won two races in the space of a week, which is a great way to enter the summer break.

“I'm disappointed in myself for spinning. I had to do a doughnut to get myself facing the right way and that forced Paul onto the grass, which is why I got the drive-through penalty.

“I've apologised to Paul and I'll put the penalty behind me and move on to the next race at Spa-Francorchamps.”

“Lewis was in the pits six times this afternoon and he got his drive-through penalty for putting Paul on the grass,” added McLaren boss, Martin Whitmarsh.

“He'll be disappointed because he'd like to have been standing on the top step of the podium, but he accepted his penalty well.

“He kept his cool and overtook another couple of cars as a result. His resulting fourth place gave him – and us – 12 valuable world championship points,” Whitmarsh concluded.



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30.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26
30.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26
30.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26
30.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26
30.07.2011 Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren Mercedes, MP4-26

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