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Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix

29 July 2012

Lewis Hamilton resisted a late charge from the Lotus team to claim his second grand prix win of the year in a largely turgid race at the Hungaroring.

The Briton, who dominated through qualifying on Saturday, led from start to finish in Budapest, only ceding the lead during his two scheduled pit-stops, but came under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages of the 69-lap event as the Finn made use of a longer second stint to emerge with fresher rubber. Initially taking large chunks from Hamilton's advantage, Raikkonen got to within a second of the leader, but then found he could get no closer, as Hamilton defied his word tyres by upping his pace.

Such was the battle at the front, Romain Grosjean, who had started on the front row alongside Hamilton, dropped nearly ten seconds away from the lead, with Sebastian Vettel keeping the Frenchman on his toes as he vied for the final podium spot. Making a third tyre stop, however, ultimately denied the reigning world champion, who crossed the line just over five seconds shy of his target, despite Grosjean getting ragged in the closing stages.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber also paid for a three-stop strategy, dropping out of fifth place an allowing Fernando Alonso to increase his points advantage by assuming the spot. The stop also allowed Jenson Button and Bruno Senna to move ahead of the Australian, who had to settle for a frustrating eighth ahead of Felipe Massa and final point-scorer Nico Rosberg.

Full report and result to follow....


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