Hungarian Grand Prix 2012: Lewis Hamilton holds on to clinch victory
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton leads from pole to flag to win his second race of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix
McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton held off the competition from Lotus as he led from pole to flag at the Hungarian Grand Prix to take his second victory of the season.
The British driver did well to hold on to convert pole position to victory, despite coming under pressure from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in Budapest.
It was a controlled defensive performance from the 27-year old-driver, which puts him fourth in the driver’s championship table ahead of the month-long break.
“It’s been an amazing day”, said Hamilton. “Fantastic work by all the team and the fans have been fantastic.
“I am looking forward to the continuation of the championship. There’s a long way to go and a lot of work to do but we have shown we can compete. It is very, very close but we are going to give it all we can.”
With no team orders at Lotus, both drivers battled for position, leading to one nerve-wracking moment for the team on lap 46 with a near collision in the battle for second place.
Raikkonen proved to be more successful as he took second, with team-mate Grosjean completing the podium, while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was fourth ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Jenson Button.
Pastor Maldonado was involved in another racing incident, this time colliding with British driver Paul di Resta. The Venezuelan was given a drive through penalty on lap 50 and ended the race in 13th.
It was a difficult day for Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher. After stalling on the starting grid and forcing the drivers into a second formation lap, he was given a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. His race later ended in retirement on lap 60.
Sunday’s result increases Alonso’s lead over Webber to 40 points at the top of the drivers’ championship as the sport enters its month-long break ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix on 2 September.
Hungarian Grand Prix 2012: Race result
1 Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1hr 41m 05.503s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault +0m 01.0s
3 Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +0m 10.5s
4 Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +0m 11.6s
5 Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +0m 26.6s
6 Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +0m 30.2s
7 Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault +0m 33.8s
8 Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +0m 34.4s
9 Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +0m 38.3s
10 Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +0m 51.2s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +0m 57.2s
12 Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1m 02.8s
13 Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault +1m 03.6s
14 Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1m 04.4s
15 Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
16 Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
17 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault +1 lap
18 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +2 laps
19 Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault +2 laps
20 Charles Pic France Marussia -Cosworth +2 laps
21 Timo Glock Germany Marussia -Cosworth +3 laps
22 Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
Rtd Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 61 laps completed
Rtd Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 58 laps completed