Lewis Hamilton had the perfect weekend as he dominated to turn his pole position into a race win at the Hungary Grand Prix.
After making a great start to lead the pack into the first corner, Hamilton struggled initially to shake off the very fast Frenchman, Romain Grosjean in the Lotus. At the chequered flag, he’d managed to fend him off and keep Grosjean’s team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen behind him in the race to the line.
The Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had fairly uneventful races and despite Vettel reducing a 14 second deficit to Grosjean to one second, he could only manage 4th, while Webber struggled to get past a hard-charging Bruno Senna in the Williams and crossed the line in 8th.
Michael Schumacher had a disastrous race, and confusion on the grid left him starting from the pits. He then received a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and his nightmare race eventually ended with a retirement.
Pastor Maldonado continued to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons and also received a drive-through penalty for forcing the Force India of Paul di Resta off track.
Fernando Alonso was celebrating his birthday, but unfortunately the podium proved elusive for him this weekend and he brought home his Ferrari in 5th. His team-mate, Felipe Massa faired no better and made it into the top 10 finishing 9th for the Scuderia.
Alonso still leads the Championship on 164 points, with Webber and Vettel battling for 2nd on 124 and 122 points respectively. Hamilton’s second victory this season puts him in 4th with 117 points, just 1 point ahead of Raikkonen.
With the drivers now going into the summer break, racing resumes on 31st August at Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Hungarian Grand Prix Result:
1. L Hamilton - McLaren
2. K Raikkonen - Lotus
3. R Grosjean - Lotus
4. S Vettel - Red Bull
5. F Alonso - Ferrari
6. J Button - McLaren
7. B Senna - Williams
8. M Webber - Red Bull
9. F Massa - Ferrari
10. N Rosberg - Mercedes
By Olivia Gauch
Sun, 29 Jul 2012