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2012-07-29 15:50

RIGHT FROM THE START: Britain's McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton leads the pack after the start of the 2012 Hungarian F1 GP at the Hungaroring. Image: AP

Budapest, Hungary - Apart from pit stops, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton led the 2012 Hungarian F1 GP from start to finish, closely monitored by Romain Grosjean (Lotus) until Kimi Raikkonen (also Lotus) forced his way past his team mate and into second around lap 45.

Hamilton started from pole and was never really challenged until Raikkonen stuck to his tail over the last dozen laps and stayed there to the end. It was Hamilton's third win at the track - but all power to Lotus for taking the remaining podium places.


Raikkonen's challenge was nail-biting stuff - would Hamilton make an error with a few laps left, would Kimi push too hard and lose it? Neither happened and Hamilton took a well-deserved top spot on the podium.

After a fantastic performance in qualifying on Saturday, Hamilton put his disappointing showing in his 100th GP at Hockenheim the previous weekend firmly behind him.

Spain's Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished fifth on his 31st birthday, behind defending World champion Sebastien Vettel of Red Bull, but good enough to maintain his lead in the World championship standings going into F1's summer break.

The first lap of the race was aborted for a restart after Michael Schumacher stalled on the grid. He joined the race from the pits lane.

McLaren's Jenson Button won the race in 2011.


Result from the 2012 Hungarian F1 GP
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1hr41min05.503
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus +1.032
3 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus +10.518
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull +11.614
5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +26.653
6 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +30.243
7 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams +33.899
8 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull +34.458
9 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +38.350
10 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +51.234
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India +57.283
12 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India +1min02.887
13 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +1min03.606
14 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber +1min04.494
15 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso +1 lap
16 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso +1 lap
17 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham +1 lap
18 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber +2 laps
19 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham +2 laps
20 Charles Pic (France) Marussia +2 laps
21 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia +3 laps
22 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT +3 laps
Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 9 laps
Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 11 laps
Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel 1min24.136, lap 68

Drivers’ points
1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 164
2 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 124
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 122
4 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 117
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Renault 116
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes GP 77
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 76
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Renault 76
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 47
10 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 33
11 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 29
12 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes GP 29
13 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 27
14 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 25
15 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 24
16 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 19
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 4
18 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 2
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Team Lotus 0
20 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Team Lotus 0
21 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 0
22 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 0
23 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 0
24 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 0
Constructors’ points
1 Red Bull 246
2 McLaren 193
3 Lotus 192
4 Ferrari 189
5 Mercedes 106
6 Sauber 80
7 Williams 53
8 Force India 46
9 Toro Rosso 6
10 Caterham 0
11 Marussia 0
12 HRT 0


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