F1 »

Kovalainen wins Hungarian GP.

Felipe Massa was well on his way to a surprise victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix when, three laps from home, his Ferrari gave up the ghost and handed a maiden Formula One triumph to Heikki Kovalainen.

Massa was five seconds ahead of pre-race favourite Lewis Hamilton when the Briton suffered a puncture that scuppered any hopes of a fightback from the McLaren man in the second half of the race. The Brazilian had made a storming start and braved it out with the world championship leader through the first two corners and a lights-to-flag victory appeared on the cards until the Ferrari coasted to a halt in full view of the pit-lane.

Hamilton's hopes of a third straight win disappeared when, having failed to jump Massa at the first round of pit-stops, he suffered a left front puncture that not only left him outside the top ten, but also meant that he had to run the final 28 laps on the super-soft Bridgestone tyre. The Briton seemed to have salvaged three points for sixth place before Massa's exit promoted him a further place.

Kovalainen looked set to salvage a podium for McLaren, but was running well behind Massa when the race fell into his lap. It was a first win for the likeable Finn, in his 28th start.

An unlikely podium was completed by Timo Glock and Kimi Raikkonen, after the German fended off a belated charge from an otherwise lacklustre Finn, who had spent the early stages under Fernando Alonso's rear wing and then struggled with a wayward F2008 in the closing laps.

Alonso, having lost out to Raikkonen at the pit-stops, came home fourth, ahead of Hamilton, Nelson Piquet Jr, Jarno Trulli and Robert Kubica.

Full report and result to follow....


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-23, Hungarian F1, Hungaroring, 1st-3rd, August, 2008
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 off trach and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12 spins
27.11.2016 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and his girlfriend Brittny Ward (USA)
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31 and his girlfriend Brittny Ward (USA)
27.11.2016 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31 and Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Andy - Unregistered

August 03, 2008 3:05 PM

I feel really sorry for Massa because he deserved the win, but I couldn''t help but piss myself at the smug faces of the ferrari mechanics just before the blow, then cutting back to doom and gloom after the bang! Brilliant!!

bouncebackability bw

August 03, 2008 3:27 PM
Last Edited 539 days ago

Joe, theyre so 'surprised' because they spent nearly the whole race build up explaining how hamilton has won the championship already, the commentators spending the whole of the race not knowing wtf was going on, and the post race trying to rescue back the dignity they had lost, yet the only post race driver interview they showed was was with lewis, the worst race coverage i have seen by them (worse than the normally bad coverage) for a long time. and what happened to kimi at the end, all of a sudden he was miles behind glock again with what seemed a VERY bouncy car??? congrats Heikki comiserations Massa unlucky hamilton brilliant glock rubbish ITV



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.