Nelson Piquet Jr's stunning feature race performance in Hungary halved the pre-race deficit to championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and gave the Brazilian renewed hope of snatching the title from his British rival.

Piquet added the bonus point for fastest lap to those for pole position and a full haul of ten for victory, and was aided by the fact that Hamilton, having messed up in qualifying, came away from the 42-lap race empty-handed, finishing only tenth and setting his sights on eighth place rather than shooting for the final bonus. As a result, Piquet has reduced his points deficit to just 13, with five races remaining - and clearly the best set-up for the Hungaroring.

"Looking at our performance today, theoretically we can win tomorrow - even starting from eighth," he insisted, aware that Hamilton will be just places behind him at the start, "Of course, things are more complicated in the race, and you can get stuck behind a car or finish your tyres, but I hope to gain some positions at the start and overtake car by car. Starting in eighth is not very safe but, hopefully, everything will work out and I will score as many points as I can."

The only cars Piquet had to overtake on Saturday were those he was lapping as, having made a perfect start from pole, he powered ahead of his rivals, lapping almost two seconds faster than anyone else at times. So commanding was his lead, he was able to rejoin in front after his mandatory pit-stop and eventually took the chequered
flag 32 seconds ahead of second-placed Timo Glock.

"I don't really know what to say!" the Brazilian smiled, "Everything just went perfectly the whole weekend so far. I had a good start and the car worked brilliantly all the race. That's how every driver wants to do a weekend and that's how I wish I finish the championship.

"It's game on for sure now. I still can win the championship."


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