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Hamilton takes pole to flag victory at the Hungaroring

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton bounced back from his dismal German Grand Prix one week ago to win the Hungarian Grand Prix by exactly one second; holding off hard charging Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen during the closing laps. While Raikkonen’s Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean came home on the third step of the podium after being overtaken by his team mate in the final round of pitstops.

Sebastian Vettel finished the race in fourth place after, he claims he was being held up by Jenson Button during the middle third of the race after Button jumped the German off the start line, Button himself finished the race in sixth after his McLaren team made a poor tactical decision bringing him in for a pitstop when running in third, releasing Vettel and Raikkonen. Current world championship leader Fernando Alonso claimed a valuable 10 points for fifth place and extends his championship lead over Red Bull’s Mark Webber who finished in eighth place after starting 11th.

Williams Bruno Senna scored a much needed six points, finishing the race in seventh place; while team mate Pastor Maldonado got a late drive-through penalty for punting Force India’s Paul di Resta off the track during a clumsy overtake and eventually finished the race in 13th. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg finished the race in ninth and tenth respectively.

Hungaroring is a track that doesn’t encourage overtaking being so narrow with 90% of the track being a curve of varying degrees; so we didn’t see too much overtaking meaning it was a fairly dull race by recent standards. It won’t be a race that will remain in the memory for more than a few days, there really wasn’t too much controversy to spice up the talking points of the race either. So; from a spectacle point of view, Hungary was the most boring race of the season by far.

The net result means that Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is now 40 points ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton moves back upto fourth ahead of Raikkonen by a single point. Button remains in seventh place overall but now only one point behind Nico Rosberg. Nothing of note has changed in the constructors championship, Red Bull still way out in front of the chasing pack!

Top 10 finishers at the Hungarian Grand Prix:

1 Hamilton (McLaren) 1:41:05.503
2 Raikkonen (Lotus) +1.000
3 Grosjean (Lotus) +10.500
4 Vettel (Red Bull) +11.600
5 Alonso (Ferrari) +26.600
6 Button (McLaren) +30.200
7 Senna (Williams) +33.800
8 Webber (Red Bull +34.400
9 Massa (Ferrari) +38.300
10 Rosberg (Mercedes) +51.200

World drivers title table after Hungary:

1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 164
2 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 124
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 122
4 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 117
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 116
6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 77
7 Jenson Button (McLaren) 76
8 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 76
9 Sergio Perez (Sauber) 47
10 Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) 33

Now we face an enforced five week break before the next race; which is made worst by the next race being Spa Francorchamps, which’ll just heightens the anticipation and agony for the Formula 1 hardcore fans like myself, time to hibernate for the next five weeks, see y’all in five weeks.

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