Lewis Hamilton took full advantage of team-mate and title rival Fernando Alonso being moved back to row three of the grid at the Hungaroring, leading every one of the 70 laps to claim his third win of the season.

The Briton made the best of starts from his inherited pole to beat Kimi Raikkonen into turn one, while fellow front row starter Nick Heidfeld slipped back to third as he struggled on the dirty side of the grid. Alonso, meanwhile, also suffered on the dusty line and, having had a thrust down the inside blocked by Nico Rosberg, ended the opening lap down in eighth, having also run wide at the final turn and lost out to Mark Webber.

Benefiting from the clear track ahead of him, Hamilton eased away from the pack, although Raikkonen kept him honest throughout, closing to within a second as the first round of pit-stops approached. There was no messing about from the McLaren pit crew this time, however, Hamilton being returned to the fray without ever losing P1.

Similarly, Raikkonen remained second for the entire distance, while the two BMW Saubers squabbled over third behind him. Heidfeld generally had the upper hand, although team-mate Robert Kubica occasionally appeared in P3 as the pit-stop strategies unwound.

Alonso got himself quickly up to sixth, but spent most of the race tucked up behind Ralf Schumacher. Only a long middle stint gave the world champion a chance to leap-frog the German and, with Rosberg's three-stop strategy not paying off for Williams, Alonso suddenly found himself in contention for fourth. When Kubica made his final stop and returned behind the Spaniard, Alonso's damage limitation appeared complete, although third place could also have been McLaren's as the #1 closed on Heidfeld in the waning laps.

Schumacher, Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen - one of the few happy to run long on the super-soft Bridgestone's - completed the point scorers, as Ferrari's Felipe Massa failed to make any impact from 14th on the grid.

Full report and result to follow....

 

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