Lewis Hamilton was pleased with his day's progress at the Hungaroring despite ending the afternoon session rather embarrassingly in the gravel trap after misjudging an overtaking manoeuvre.

Occurring in the final minutes of the session, Hamilton had already completed his long run and was looking safe with the third fastest time when he attempted to overtake Spyker new boy Sakon Yamamoto.

Proving the difficulties of overtaking on the Hungarian circuit and the perils that await anyone brave enough to attempt, the lack of grip off line was enough to cause Hamilton's McLaren Mercedes to swap ends at the turn nine right-hander.

Nonetheless, despite the mishap, Hamilton did not dwell on the mistake and is now looking ahead to the rest of the weekend with plenty of encouragement.

"Today went smoothly, apart from my spin towards the end of the second session, which meant that I missed out on my last run, so maybe I could have gone faster," the championship leader said.

"The spin happened as I was catching Yamamoto on a flying lap and I was probably a little too fast going into the corner. Despite this we were able to make some positive steps and I am confident with our performance so far at this track."



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